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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Ogeechee River Articles

Court Scraps EPD Plan For Ogeechee River Polluter

  Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation (GHFF) President Reggie Dickie expressed what he called “cautious optimism” for the future of the Ogeechee River and King Amercia Textiles (KAF) in the wake of a court order rejecting the plans of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to address the chronic violations by the Screven County plant.…

Textile Plant Caused Ogeechee River Fish Kill; Ordered To Pay $1 Million

The textile plant that caused a massive fish kill on the Ogeechee River in May will be forced to pay $1 million for environmental improvements in the area and will also be subject to stricter monitoring of its wastewater discharge into the river. On Sept. 21, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) announced that King America…

Ogeechee River Suffers Major Fish Kill

Imagine your favorite fishing lake suddenly losing 60% of its bass and 80% of its bream to a massive die-off and not knowing the cause. That’s the situation facing Ogeechee River anglers. Five weeks after one of the most devastating fish kills in Georgia history decimated the Ogeechee River, state officials aren’t sure why it…

Shad Migration On The Ogeechee River

Bill Stall and his father-in-law Dan Rushing. hurriedly loaded fishing gear into two 14-foot aluminum boats. Both men are seasoned shad fishermen, and they were anxious to get into the water and get their lines wet, because the shad migration up the Ogeechee was under way. These silvery fish, known for tarpon-like jumping, are a…

Classic Trip, Fine Bream Fishing On Ogeechee River

The Ogeechee River is high and muddy but dropping out fast. About the only condition that could be worse for catching its famed redbreast bream is if the river iced over. But then, even if it did, Carson Cross would likely still manage to come up with a mess of fish. His quiet confidence on…

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