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Altamaha River

The mighty Altamaha River is one of the most impressive waterways in the southern United States. It flows generally eastward for 137 miles toward the Atlantic Ocean from its origin at the confluence of the Oconee River and Ocmulgee River. It meets the ocean near Brunswick. No dams are directly on the Altamaha, though some are on the Oconee and the Ocmulgee. Including its tributaries, the Altamaha River's drainage basin is about 14,000 square miles in size, qualifying it among the larger river basins of the U.S. Atlantic coast.

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Conservation Law Enforcement Corner May 2020

In Georgia, Boating Under the Influence (BUI) of drugs or alcohol is a crime. The state has stiff penalties for a person operating a boat if his or her blood-alcohol content is 0.08 or higher—the same limit for driving on the state’s roadways. BUI is often the cause of serious boating accidents, and officers are…

Wayne County Catfish Tournament Draws 120

The world is a different place in those hours between midnight and daylight. While most of the surrounding region is blanketed in silence and sleep, Ronnie Kent and his wife Melissa are fully aware of activity abounding as they sit in their pontoon boat atop the mighty Altamaha River. They’re awaiting “the bite.” When, or…

Altamaha River Tidal Bass

Some of the best bass fishing you probably have never heard of will occur today. The bad news is it will only last five hours, six if you’re lucky. On the bright side, though, it will happen again tomorrow. Welcome to the tidal section of the Altamaha River, where the bass don’t run as big,…

Southeast Georgia River Crappie

If you’re a crappie fisherman in Georgia, I think you would agree that December is undoubtedly one of the very best times to get the rod bent and load the cooler down with these tasty fish. Whether you fish Sinclair, Oconee, Lanier, Eufaula or anywhere in between, success is bound to be had. What about…

New 93-pound Georgia State Record Blue Catfish

Ricky Barrett just caught not only the biggest blue catfish he’s ever seen, but the monster turned out to be a brand-new rod-and-reel state-record blue cat, crushing the old state record by 13 pounds. Caught from the Altamaha River on Oct. 14, the behemoth catfish weighed 93 pounds on certified scales. While having fished all…

Altamaha River Record Fish