Okefenokee Swamp

The Okefenokee is a shallow, 438,000-acre swamp along the Georgia–Florida line that offers a unique fishing experience in the largest blackwater swamp in the United States. The mystical black water of the swamp harbors excellent populations of chain pickerel, bowfin, flier, warmouth and bullhead catfish. Much of the Okefenokee, 402,000 acres, is managed as the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Okefenokee Swamp was named after the Choctaw phrase, "Land of the Trembling Earth." The Okefenokee was created by the natural accumulation of peat moss in a shallow basin. The St. Marys River and the Suwannee River both originate in the swamp, with the Suwannee River amounting to the flow of about 90% of the swamp's watershed southwest toward the Gulf of Mexico. The waters of the swamp's southeast corner flow out of the St. Marys River to the Atlantic Ocean.

Okefenokee Swamp Resources

Okefenokee Swamp Articles

Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – March 22, 2024

Even with the cold mornings early in the week, there have been some really good catches. The southeast Georgia rivers are still blown out for now. Okefenokee, ponds, and saltwater have been very good. Okefenokee Swamp: I had a couple good trips on the east side this week. Shelton Hunter from Florida fished with me…

Beat The Clock For Okefenokee Warmouth

There is something downright magical about the Okefenokee Swamp. Maybe it’s the reflective black water with endless banks lined with lily pads, or the lines of cypress trees that run for miles to no end. Maybe it’s watching alligators waste the day away sunning on mats of grass, while birds wade around the shallows looking…

Okefenokee Swamp Jackfish, Fun And Simple As It Gets

Deep in south Georgia, down in the grassy black water of the cypress-filled Okefenokee Swamp, you will find a long-toothed killer fish known in the textbooks as a chain pickerel. Down on the Swamp, they’re simply “jackfish” or “jack” for short. No matter what you choose to call them, bottom line is they are biting…

Berry Snatchers

Folkston, Georgia — The thieves, armed with machetes, travel in packs targeting unsuspecting communities with chilling precision. Sometimes, they’ll hit in the dead of night wearing headlamps as they slink deeper into the forest. Lookouts prowl the roadways alerting the criminals via phone or radio if the authorities approach. Then, with bags full of ill-gotten…

Okefenokee Swamp Warmouth With Basic Tackle

When I read Glen Solomon’s GON Okefenokee Swamp story last summer, I knew I had to try a plastic worm out on warmouth. Glen invited me to go with him on a couple of occasions, but we could never quite get our schedules to line up. I figured we would get the chance to make…

Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – June 21, 2024

Fishing has been great all over the place. The rivers are getting right at different rates, and catches have been really strong! Alapaha River: Stan Rhodes and David McGlamry fished the upper river on Friday and did great for panfish.…

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Okefenokee Swamp Record Fish

Spotted Sunfish5.85-ozs.Bert Deener4-27-2023
Flier7.92-ozs.Tim Cutting02/28/24
Chain Pickerel2-lbs., 15-ozs.Silas Kight03/02/24
Warmouth15.36-ozs.Bert Deener05/17/24
Bluegill1-lb., 0.96-ozs.Josh Forsythe06/14/24