Ogeechee River

The Ogeechee River begins its 294-mile trek toward the coast with headwaters in Taliaferro County near Crawfordville. The Ogeechee offers very good fishing for redbreast and also for bass, catfish and crappie. The blackwater river is a free-flowing stream, one of few significant rivers remaining with no dams.

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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…

Ogeechee River Redbreast Light Up In July

Born and raised on the banks of the Satilla River, I will admit that I’m more than a little biased when it comes to my favorite river. Heck, a week ago I’d tell you another river couldn’t come close to the Satilla in terms of a redbreast fishery. All that changed last month on my…

Angler Smashes His Own Ogeechee River Channel Catfish Record

Glenn Settles knew the process quite well when he boated a big channel catfish. He would have to get this fish to a set of registered scales, contact the WRD for species confirmation and have two unrelated witnesses who would agree to testify to what they saw. And, if at all possible, he wanted to…

South GA River Bass Special

After one of the warmest early springs I can remember, a series of mini cold fronts have blanketed the state for the past couple of weeks. Currently, as I’m typing this, I can see the last bit of frost melting off the hood of my pickup truck in the backyard. But, on the TV in…

Ogeechee Warmouth Gives Glenn Settles Six River Records

  Glenn Settles lives on the Ogeechee River between Statesboro and Sylvania. His riverside home gives him the opportunity to fish several evenings a week. He loves the leisure of fishing for redbreast sunfish. What he rarely catches on the river is warmouth, but June 21 was different. “I was fishing for redbreast sunfish with…

Ogeechee Fishing Reports

Ogeechee River Fishing Report – July 2023

Ogeechee River: Mark Vick, of Guyton, fished the river recently and had a good morning, despite the rising water. He and his friend David Brodmann kept 15 nice redbreasts, a bluegill and a catfish. They caught a bunch of fish but only kept the biggest. Their hot Satilla Spin colors were bumblebee (black/yellow) and crawfish.…

Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – June 23, 2023

The rivers are back to full bank or in the floodplains for the most part. The exception is the St Marys River. It’s very fishable. Altamaha River: Paul and Steve Williamson fished the middle river on Friday and did well for panfish. They had a few catfish, but the shellcrackers were the prize. They put worms…

Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – June 16, 2023

Wow, what a difference a week makes! We’ve gone from the upper rivers clearing up and dropping lower than you can get motorboats around in to rising fast again. The bigger rivers will take a little longer for that to happen, but the last couple of days of rain will probably push all our rivers…

Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – May 19, 2023

It should be another great week of fishing, but afternoon thundershowers are starting to factor into the equation. The Satilla didn’t get quite warm enough and it’s headed back up again. Other rivers are in pretty good shape, and the Swamp is still great for pickerel and bowfin. The saltwater weekend weather forecast is pretty…

Ogeechee River Record Fish

Largemouth Bass10-lbs., 14-ozs.Robert Attaway Jr.05/08/06
Striped Bass30-lbs.Ellis Arnold Phillips02/27/89
Redbreast1-lb., 5-ozs.Harley Morris06/18/98
Shellcracker2-lbs., 8-ozs.Linda Swan11/04/05
Chain Pickerel4-lbs., 15-ozs.Curt Sutton06/24/96
Channel Catfish29-lbs., 11-ozs.Glenn Settles03/18/23
Brown Bullhead4-lbs., 1.04-ozs.Glenn Settles04/06/21
Yellow Bullhead4-lbs., 15-ozs.Glenn Settles10/12/03
Hickory Shad2-lbs., 10-ozs.Timmy Woods02/20/22
American Shad3-lbs., 2.88-ozs.Jason Cone03/22/18
Bluegill1-lb., 7.04-ozs.Chance DeLoach06/30/19
Spotted Sunfish7-ozs.Glenn Settles05/23/21
Black Crappie2-lbs., 3-ozs.Glenn Settles12/11/21
Warmouth1-lb., 4-ozs.Glenn Settles06/21/22