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Best Fishing Bets
Redbreast sunfish, largemouth bass, Suwannee bass and catfish
Ochlockonee River Fishing Tips
Bream - The Ochlockonee is a slow moving, black water stream that offers good fishing for redbreast sunfish. Though lacking in abundance, redear sunfish, black crappie, spotted sunfish and warmouth also are available.

Technique -Live bait is recommended: crickets and worms during early spring. Switch to artificial lures like beetle spins and popping bugs as spring progresses and water temperatures rise.

Target - Target redbreast in the lower portions of the river, from Hwy 93 to Hadley's Ferry Road.
Largemouth Bass - Population is fair.

Technique - The usual arsenal of tackle will work, including spinnerbaits, plastic worms and small crankbaits. Be sure to fish these in slower moving stretches of the river.

Target - Target the backwater areas near Thomasville and the section of the river upstream from Hwy 93.
Suwannee Bass - Smaller than its largemouth cousin, Suwannee bass are a unique member of the sunfish family and only are found in a few streams in south Georgia and north Florida. The overall population is relatively small.

Technique - Small crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics are recommended.

Target - Concentrate in swifter water, but look to brushpiles and blow downs along the deeper banks and pools as summer progresses and the river recedes. The stretch of river that borders River Creek WMA offers excellent fishing and lends itself well to the increasingly popular sport of kayak fishing.
Catfish - The river is home to channel, white and bullhead catfish. Fish the river during the warmer months for numerous catfish catches.

Technique - Any favorite catfish bait fished on a simple bottom rig should be effective.

Target - Deeper bends and backwaters of the river.
Additional Info
Check the river gauge near Thomasville before heading out. If the gauge height is much above 7 feet then it is difficult to effectively fish because the water is well into the floodplain. If the gauge height is below 2 1/2 feet, plan to drag your boat over logs and other obstructions. View the USGS river gauge information.
Contact Info
Wildlife Resources Division, Albany Georgia Fisheries office - Phone: 229-430-4256
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