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.

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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…

Frying Okefenokee Swamp Mudfish

It’s been said when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well the same can be said for mudfish. When the Swamp gives you mudfish, make mudfish nuggets. Despite what many say,  mudfish meat is very mild tasting and doesn’t require a bunch of exotic seasonings or cooking methods to make it edible. Try this, and…

Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – Nov. 17, 2023

The bite inland has been good but saltwater after the wind started blowing this weekend has been rough. Rivers are low, and fish are biting. Altamaha/Ocmulgee Rivers: Harry and James Beverley fished the lower Altamaha River this week for just…

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Okefenokee Swamp Record Fish

Spotted Sunfish5.85-ozs.Bert Deener4-27-2023
Flier6.62-ozs.Bert Deener06/25/23
Chain Pickerel2-lbs., 4.51-ozs.Bert Deener06/25/23