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Savannah River

The Savannah River is a major river that forms most of the border between the states of South Carolina and Georgia. The lower Savannah is big and wide with numerous backwater oxbows that offer good fishing for bass, bream, crappie and catfish. The Intracoastal Waterway flows through a section of the Savannah River near the city of Savannah.

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Commercial Shad Season Opens Jan. 1

Commercial fishermen can take to the waters of specific stretches of the Altamaha and Savannah rivers beginning at 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2024 to take advantage of the opening day of shad season. The 2024 commercial shad season is scheduled to run through midnight on Mar. 31. “Similar to the 2022 season, the 2023…

South GA River Bass Special

After one of the warmest early springs I can remember, a series of mini cold fronts have blanketed the state for the past couple of weeks. Currently, as I’m typing this, I can see the last bit of frost melting off the hood of my pickup truck in the backyard. But, on the TV in…

12.6-Pound Savannah River Largemouth Caught And Released

Michael Mooney has some huge bass to his credit over the years, including a 12-lb., 6-oz. largemouth that still holds the record as the biggest ever caught from McDuffie Public Fishing Area, and his biggest bass was another 12-plus pounder from a private pond. But Michael still had a goal he’s been pursuing for three…

Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – Feb. 9, 2024

The weekend rains were followed by cold, but a few folks got on fish. Lakes, ponds and saltwater are where the best reports came from. Savannah River: Mark Vick returned to the river…

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Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – Feb. 2, 2024

The stable (but colder) weather this week produced some good catches. The rivers are still high, but they are coming down to fishable levels. Lakes, ponds and saltwater had the best catches reported…

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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…

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Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – May 26, 2023

  I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and are able to work some fishing into your plans. Saltwater will be rough early in the weekend with very strong winds forecasted,…

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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…

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Southeast Georgia Fishing Reports With Capt. Bert Deener – May 12, 2023

This is a great weekend to hitch up the boat. The rivers are falling to fishable levels, the Swamp is firing on all cylinders and saltwater is beginning to warm up (and tidal…

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Savannah River Record Fish

Largemouth Bass 15-lbs.Mike Stille11/06/99
Hybrid Bass22-lbs., 6-ozs.Jerry Adams06/20/86
Striped Bass56-lbs., 2-ozs.Vaughn Taylor05/07/12
Chain Pickerel4-lbs., 12-ozs.James Moore05/10/22
Shellcracker3-lbs.William Owens IV06/24/08
White Catfish8-lbs., 10-ozs.*James Sanders06/96
American Shad8-lbs., 3-ozs.*Henry Baxley04/86
Gizzard Shad3-lbs., 2-ozs.Taylor Hodson04/06/07
Hickory Shad1-lb., 12-ozs.Bill Resseau03/19/06
Yellow Perch2-lbs., 9-ozs.*Thomas Lewis02/27/13
White Crappie2-lbs., 13-ozs.Mike Markovcic03/03/16
Redbreast1-lb., 1.6-oz.Donavan Pruitt5/14/20
Bluegill1-lb. 1.92-ozs.Joe Taylor Jr.05/19/20
Warmouth1-lb., 6.5-ozs.Joshua Barnhill05/20/22
Smallmouth Bass4-lbs., 4.64-ozs.Stephen Mixon07/05/18
Channel Catfish25-lbs., 6-ozs.Dalton Smith04/17/21