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Satilla River

The Satilla River originates in Ben Hill County near the town of Fitzgerald and flows east and southeast to the Atlantic Ocean, passing through the cities of Waycross, Waynesville and Woodbine. The Satilla River is a beautiful blackwater run with white sandbars and great fishing, especially for redbreast, but also for bass, catfish and other bream species.

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The Satilla River Summer Special

If you’ve ever thought about a bucket-list trip to the Satilla River, don’t put it off another summer. I’ve spent my entire life fishing the blackwater river, and in 30 years I can assure you the fishing has never been as good as it is right now. Whether you want to target redbreast, bluegill, crappie,…

Satilla River Warmouth Breaks 10-Day-Old Record

What started as a group message between a few friends ended with the Satilla River fish of a lifetime for Michael Lott. “Me and some good buddies have a group message where we talk about fishing and what not,” said Michael. “On the afternoon of May 10, my buddy Ben Thomason asked if anyone wanted…

Satilla River Bowfin Smashes Old Record

A 9-lb., 10-oz. Satilla River bowfin caught on May 1 by Layne Williams, of Blackshear, shattered the old record of a 5-lb., 1-oz. mudfish caught in 2020. Layne said he was fishing in a kayak at the Highway 84 ramp and throwing a speciality bait he uses to catch a variety of fish. “I take…

New State-Record Redbreast Comes From Satilla River

The Georgia state-record redbreast fell yesterday on the red-hot Satilla River, arguably one of the hottest fishing rivers in the country right now. The 1-lb., 12.32-oz. rooster caught by Lester Roberts beat the old state record, a 1-lb., 11-oz. redbreast caught in a Coweta County pond in 1998. Lester’s state-record redbreast is the third time…

Steed Takes New Satilla Redbreast Record

When Will Steed, of Hortense, headed for the Satilla River after work on April 26, little did he know he was on course for a head-on collision with fate and the fish of a lifetime. “Me and my son Carter got to the river around 5:30 and started bass fishing,” said Will. “The bass were…

Satilla River Record Fish

Largemouth Bass12-lbs.Kevin Mullis03/27/15
Striped Bass11-lbs., 9.76-ozs.John Geiger03/15/06
Channel Catfish32-lbs., 3-ozs.James Lentz10/30/77
Flathead Catfish45-lbs. 15-ozs.Larry Linker10/10/18
Shellcracker1-lb.,10-ozs.Joseph Boyett05/03/87
Chain Pickerel4-lbs., 14-ozs.Virgil Chaney1996
Redbreast1-lb., 12.32-ozs.Lester Roberts05/07/22
Warmouth1-lb., 4.64-ozs.Michael Lott05/10/22
Bluegill1-lb., 6.35-ozs.Zach Johns03/04/22
Spotted Sunfish10.08-ozs.Ron Adams05/30/21
Black Crappie1-lb., 10-ozs.Cameron Smart03/17/17
Bowfin9-lbs., 10-ozs.Layne Williams05/01/22
Longnose Gar18-lbs., 6.56-ozs.Larry Linker05/20/2021