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Catfish Fishing

Oconee River Blue Cat Record Broken By 7 Pounds

It would probably go down as one of the worst days of Eli Carey’s life if not for one thing. That one thing made it all worthwhile. “I had a rough day,” the Lyons resident said. “I had the day off and decided to go fishing on Oconee River, which is about an hour and…

Giant 72-Pound Clarks Hill Blue Cat Shatters 45-Year Record

You would have to consider it quite unusual if a 45-year-old lake fishing record was shattered by someone fishing from the bank in a community fishing hole that everyone knows about. Well, Walker Crowe is a quite unusual 16-year-old. While others his age are playing video games and worrying about teenage anxieties, Walker is dominating…

West Point Lake Catfish Report – May 14, 2024

I don’t mind sharing with you that my focus is almost always catfish. And, my methods are almost solely toward big fish. Complete honesty… I want to catch the biggest fish in the lake!    What is evident over the past two weekends is that the blue cats are most definitely in spawn. Their bite…

Sinclair Dock Fishing For Cats

A lazy, yawning, stretching sun is warm, finally, as it peers across treetops bordering Crooked Creek. Winter’s bite has clung on tenaciously this year. After months of chilling winds, rain and more rain, Lake Sinclair almost feels like home again on this Monday, the second week of April. The old faded vest that has weathered…

Clarks Hill Catfish On The Rocks In May

Flathead catfish are spawning on rocks at Clarks Hill right now, and you can have fun catching them for the next two months. Go after a mess to eat, or try to break the lake record—but be forewarned, breaking a catfish record at Clarks Hill will require a monster fish! The flathead record was set…

Sinclair Beast! Record Blue Catfish Weighs Almost 80 Pounds

Just how big are some of the catfish swimming in the waters of Lake Sinclair? We can confirm right at 80 pounds! A new Lake Sinclair record blue catfish was caught this weekend by Guy Covington, of Social Circle, that pulled the certified scales to 79.5 pounds. And Guy released the beast back into Sinclair…

73 3/4 Pound Catfish Sets Lake Sinclair Record Then Released

On the afternoon of Jan. 26, long-time buddies Brandon Pitts and Kenny Scott set out on Lake Sinclair in hopes of wrangling some big stripers. Finding gizzard shad of a suitable size for bait proved to be difficult, forcing the anglers to alter their game plan. Unbeknownst to them, it put them on a path…

Flathead Catfish Found In Ogeechee River

DNR Fisheries staff recently captured non-native flathead catfish while sampling in the Ogeechee River.      WRD staff conducts annual catfish sampling in coastal rivers to monitor native species and detect any potential non-native species. In December 2021, a single flathead was caught by a commercial fisherman. Until then, no flatheads had been reported in…

Altamaha River Limb-Line Cats

The world moved slower a hundred years ago in south Georgia. Life was simpler; but, truly, times were hard. There was little industry. No “town” jobs to speak of in a spot as sparse as Soperton. Willie T. Barwick was struggling just to get by in the year 1920, at wit’s end. That’s when he…

Report Tagged Catfish On Satilla River

A blue catfish tagging project on the Satilla River is underway, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) researchers need your help. Discovered in this waterway a few years ago, fisheries managers hope to use this study to learn more about this non-native species and better assess its impact. “As a large…

Catfish Recipes

Wild In The Kitchen: Springville Cafe’s Blackened Catfish

Friday is catfish day at the Springville Cafe in my hometown. The catfish there is typically fried, and it is incredible, but I’m trying to stay away from fried foods. Those who arrive early to prepare for the day on Fridays know to set me a couple of fillets aside to be blackened. The cook…

Wild In The Kitchen: Spicy Grilled Catfish Soft Tacos

No hindsight ip unit displayed. 1 pound catfish filets 1 package tortillas 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons white vinegar 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 1/2 teaspoons honey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce 3 tomatoes diced 1 small head of…

Wild Game Recipes: Cilantro Catfish

Catfish for dinner are sort of utilitarian. You fry them up, serve them with hush puppies and cole slaw and you’ve had your standard-issue fish fry. This recipe elevates fried catfish to gourmet status — and it’s easy! What you’ll need:First, you’ll need to go catfishing. And not for those “just right eating-size” 12-inch jobs.…