The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources'
Wildlife Resources Division forecasts that South Georgia rivers such as the Ogeechee River are yielding with large catches
"As shown through previous research,
the increased spring and summer flows in coastal river systems led to excellent
growth of panfish, both in size and numbers," said Joel Fleming, fisheries
biologist, in a statement. "This year the Ogeechee is no exception, with
reported increased numbers of large redbreast sunfish and bluegill resulting
from this year's unprecedented rainfall."
DNR research shows redbreast sunfish grew
quickly when the river was out in the floodplain with the largest increase in
growth rate when this occurred during late spring and early summer, which is
what happened this year, according to the agency.
With river levels back to the banks,
unlike over the summer, expanded fish populations have been condensed into
smaller areas, which is making for excellent catch rates for anglers.
Biologists have seen a five-fold
increase in catch rates of larger redbreast sunfish, and anglers are making
huge catches of bream, according to the DNR news release. The higher river
levels this year benefited largemouth bass.
Get details on the type of fishing license needed www.georgiawildlife.com/PFA/WhatToKnow . Buy licenses online or find a list of license retailers at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes or call at 800.366.2661.
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