For the most part, my season of delivering fly fishing seminars at shows and clubs ends early April. That being said, I welcome gigs anytime of year and thanks to my friend Michael Williams, founder of Nomadic WatersI find myself down here in Georgia on a mini speaking tour. Henry is a well-known guide on Lake Lanier but has also been involved in the fly fishing industry for many years teaching seminars and designing flies.
One of the most impressive game fish because of their immense size, stripers are fast becoming popular fish in Georgia. Stripers, or striped bass Morone saxatilisare similar in appearance to white bass except for their more prominent stripes, or black-brown longitudinal lines, that run down the length of the fish and their more slender appearance. In their native range, which includes Georgia's coast, stripers enter the coastal streams and rivers during their spring spawning runs where they may travel as far as miles upstream to spawn, searching for areas with rapids and strong currents.
When thinking of the state of Georgia, peaches, pecans, and the lush fairways of Augusta National Golf Club usually come to mind. With all the great things the state has to offer, it can be easy to overlook the tremendous fishing opportunities. Here are the top 10 places to fish in Georgia:.
Nice inch striper caught on the Upper Hooch on Yes, this is a fishing blog, but let me start with three important reminders before the weekend:. On to some fishing reports! This week, we have a report from North Georgia and one from Southeast Georgia.
The fish shattered the previous lake record all-tackle for downstream Bartlett's Ferry Lake of 24 lbs and for West Point Lake upstream 33 lbs. Georgia does not maintain fly rod records but it is quite likely this is the state's largest fly-caught striped bass. We had been on the water since before daylight and had been catching a good many pound stripers and hybrid stripers.
Striped bass are some of the biggest fish that Georgia anglers tangle within fresh water. Here are the places to find these brutes this month. By Polly Dean Peach State anglers are extremely lucky when it comes to striped bass.
Etowah River, GA. No matter what region of the country you travel to to fish, there are marquee waters that draw crowds by virtue of reputation. Generally that reputation is warranted.
Guided Fly Fishing in West Georgia. Chattahoochee Stripers. Even better, the striped bass that once ran the length of the Hooch from the Gulf still inhabit the river.
S triped bass are native to the New England and mid-Atlantic coast, but the anadromous fish can live in fresh or saltwater. In the past century, thousands of stripers have been stocked in lakes and rivers all over the United States. Late summer can be the best time to target striped bass as the fish school up and move into tributaries to spawn.