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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Hickory Shad Breaks Georgia State Record

In just over one year, the same Georgia river produced two state-record hickory shad. Timmy Woods, of Kite, was fishing on the Ogeechee River Feb. 20 when he reeled in the new state-record hickory shad. His catch weighed 2-lbs., 10-ozs., and broke a 1-year-old mark that weighed 2-lbs., 3-ozs. “The Ogeechee River is the place…

Ogeechee River Hickory Shad Sets State Record

A day of fishing is good, but you know what makes it even better? A day you catch a new state record! Christian Blake Jones, of Swainsboro, was out targeting crappie on the Ogeechee River when he reeled in this new state-record hickory shad. His catch, caught on a stretch of the Ogeechee in Emanuel…

EPD Set To Relax Permit For Ogeechee River Textile Plant

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has issued a draft permit—a final permit will come soon—that would relax testing requirements and discharge restrictions for a textile plant in Screven County with a history of damaging discharges into the Ogeechee River. A 2011 incident at the plant near Dover caused one of the worst fish kills…

Ogeechee River Record American Shad

Jason Cone caught a 3-lb., 2.88-oz. American shad on the Ogeechee River on March 22, 2018 that set a benchmark record for the Ogeechee.

A Story Of Rescue As Four Hunters Pulled From Flooding Swamp

It is a frigid, pitch-black two o’clock in the morning as DNR Ranger Micheal Crawley calls instructions across the rolling Ogeechee River, flooded out of its banks and a mile wide in places throughout the dense surrounding swamp. After tense hours of searching, Crawley and a friend, Justin Tanner, have finally located four desperate hunters,…

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