August Fishing Report

Chattahoochee River trout below Buford Dam: During the hotter days of August, the only comfortable daytime fishing in Georgia is floating the cool tailrace waters of the Chattahoochee River, below Lake Lanier. Because of the high stocking rate and carry-over of some larger fish each year, this section of the "Hooch" just northeast of Atlanta is one of the finest trout waters in the southeast.

How-to: Float tube fishing with ultra-light spinning tackle is the easiest way to fish the fast moving Chattahoochee River. Best baits for spinning are Little Cleo spoons, gold or silver #5 Countdown Rapalas, or small inline spinners. For the better than average fly fisherman, nymphs and terrestrials produce best during August.

Keys to success: According to Fish Hawk owner, Gary Merriman, the best section to fish is from Buford Dam to GA 400. The cool water being released from Lake Lanier has its most positive effect on the trout throughout this section. Since the discharge water is very cold, waders should be worn. Fishing is best when there is minimal flow from Buford Dam, so check power generation schedules. Always float the river with a friend for the sake of safety.

Contacts: Get current fishing info from Gary Merriman at the Fish Hawk by dialing (404) 237-3473. Check regulations with the Game and Fish at (404) 656-3524 and power generation schedules from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at (404) 945-1466.

Sharks of the Golden Isles: Though most swimmers in the Brunswick area are not aware, the area around St. Simons, Jekyll and Cumberland islands has one of the largest populations of sharks on the eastern seaboard during the hot summer months. Any live or dead bait can be productive, and the bigger the bait, the bigger the shark. Contact Frank or Janet Mead at (912) 638-4261.

Catfish at night on Lake Oconee: The deeper water near the dam on this middle-Georgia lake is teeming with catfish after dark during August. Almost any live or dead bait will lure them. Contact Tony Couch at (706) 342-0194.

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