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DNR: Fishing forecast best in decade for South GA rivers

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The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division forecasts that South Georgia rivers such as the  Ogeechee River are yielding with large catches of panfish.

"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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