Logo graphic for the WildLife Resources Division
Georgia River Fishing Information
Suwannee River

The Suwannee River flows from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico. The 33-mile portion of the Suwannee in Georgia contains dark tea stained water and provides a unique fishing experience. Anglers will not find many redbreast sunfish, bluegill or bass, as commonly found in other south Georgia rivers, however, there are other fish to catch, including warmouth, flier, chain pickerel and bullhead catfish.

Prospects and Fishing Tips
Best Bets
Prospect Bullhead fishing should be excellent this year due to the high water levels that persisted throughout this winter.
Technique Use worms, chicken livers, dead shrimp and crickets.
Target Target the bottom, in deep water and along the bank edges.
Prospect Chain pickerel numbers should be good this year due to the high water flows this winter.
Technique Shallow-running crankbaits like the Rapala Minnow or Rooster Tail are particularly effective.
Target Fish slack water areas, such as the mouths of oxbow lakes with vegetative cover for higher success.
Other Species
Prospect Fliers and warmouth fishing should be very good this year due to the high water levels that persisted throughout this winter.
Technique For fliers, a favorite artificial bait is the "yellow sallie." The best bait for warmouth is live crawfish.
Target Warmouth are distributed throughout the river with a slight increase in number as you travel downstream to Fargo. Target flier year-round in the upper reaches of the river near the Okefenokee Swamp; concentrate efforts in sloughs and backwater areas.
Additional Information
Refer to the USGS gage located at Fargo, GA when planning your fishing trip. Optimal water levels for fishing are between 3-6 feet of gage height. USGS gauge information can be found at: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?02314500
Best Fishing Times Key
Excellent:   image     Good:   image   Fair:   image


Receive FREE, timely updates on topics of interest. Sign Up Here!

Available Now! Click here to download.

LICENSES - 3 Ways to Buy

1. Phone 1-800-366-2661
2. Online - here
3. Retail License Vendor listing - here

Ranger Hotline


Report poaching and wildlife violations. You can receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest—even if you wish to remain anonymous.
More Info >