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Georgia is known for its incredible freshwater fisheries and some vastly underestimated saltwater ones, too. With over 4,000 miles of streams, countless lakes and rivers, and 100 miles of Atlantic coastline, hopping aboard a Georgia fishing charter is an adventure. You’ll get a warm welcome both on and off the water in the “Peach State!”

Let’s kick it off with freshwater fishing. You’ll find several species of Black Bass in Georgia’s waters, including Largemouth, Smallmouth, Redeye, and Shoal. There’s also incredible Spotted and Striped Bass action. If it’s table fare you’re after, Brown, Rainbow, and Brook Trout make for excellent targets in the streams. And if that wasn’t enough, try targeting Walleye, Crappie, Bream, and Catfish.

In the saltwater marshes and inshore Atlantic waters, you can count on an abundance of Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, and even Tarpon! Head to the reefs and wrecks for delicious Red Snapper and Black Seabass, or into even deeper waters for Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and a variety of Tuna.

Those who only have a few hours to spend on the water will have a great time targeting freshwater fish or inshore saltwater targets. For record-breakers, however, set aside a full day. The productive bottom and offshore fishing grounds are 20–60 miles offshore, so a full or extended full day on the water is necessary.

You’ll find charters across the state. If you’re saltwater fishing, Savannah and Jekyll Island are excellent starting points. To target Trout, explore the Blue Ridge area. For Bass and Walleye, Lake Lanier and Lake Seminole are renowned fisheries.

Rules & Regulations

All anglers over the age of 16 will need to purchase a fishing license before hopping aboard a charter. Your captain will keep you informed of all regulations related to open seasons and bag limits.

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While the weather may be unfriendly, the Redfish bite around the Golden Isles will keep your blood pumping throughout the cold! Lake Seminole will warm your heart with its exciting and productive Bass fishing. 


Lake Lanier is a popular winter destination due to the Striped Bass bite, which is really good during the cold months. You can also find Crappies here and in other lakes near the marinas and other larger structures. 


Largemouth Bass and Crappies can be caught in shallower waters on warmer days. For saltwater anglers the main target will be the Whiting, while Flounder starts creeping in during this month. 


Clarks Hill Lake sees Crappies moving in during early April and late March. The Bass move into spawning pockets during April, they can be caught with a variety of different baits. 


Tripletail starts to move in the waters of Jekyll Island in May. Other saltwater fishing is picking up speed really quickly during this month – you can expect to go inshore for some reel-screaming action!


If you’re a Tarpon fanatic this is the month you should be in Georgia, St. Simons and Jekyll islands have been hubs of Tarpon action in the past several years. Blacktip Sharks are a popular target in June as well. 


The Tarpon are moving into coastal rivers and inlets during this month, they can be seen rolling and feeding on the surface. Flathead Catfish can also be caught in holes on outside bends of the Altamaha River.


Blue Catfish are mostly targeted during August, with the state record (over 80 lbs) Catfish caught in August. They’ll go for live Bream or cut Shad, if you present it near the bottom. You can also go after Carp at Clarks Hill Lake. 


Bull Redfish are moving in the sounds during September, the perfect time to go after that trophy fish! You can catch Flounders even from piers, as well as Whitings. Spotted Seatrouts and Tarpon are kicking in in greater numbers too.


Tarpon are moving out this month, hurry up if you’re looking to tick one off of your catch list. Time to go for trophy Brown Trouts in the Chattahoochee River. Bass, Catfish, and Crappies are all popular targets to go after.


If you’ve got some ice in your veins you can go wading down the Toccoa River for the gorgeous Rainbow Trout. Spotted Seatrouts bite really well during November, but that also depends on the weather.


Bass fishing is the name of the game in December, just know that bait choice is crucial during this period – you find the right bait and you’ll have a much easier time with the fish. Look for schools of baitfish to tip you off where to target. 

Georgia Fishing Calendar

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Wow! Great trip! Mostly BIG redfish and small to medium hammerheads
Mike S. fished with Reel Busy Shark Charter on October 25, 2021
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The weather can be variable as far as rain is concerned. So be sure to bring appropriate raingear. A ponch is lightweight and easy to carry. Also check with your guide to see what fish are biting in October. We were successful fishing for redfish.
Awesome trip!
John M. fished with No Excuses Striper Fishing On Lake Lanier on August 5, 2021
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Dont waste your time trying to figure out the lake. Get a guide on a charter.
So much fun!
Deb T. fished with Reel Busy Shark Charter on August 2, 2021
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Girls, wear your swimsuit bottoms when there is no bathroom on the ship! I wore Jean shorts and had no reasonable way to go potty for the entire time! ?
Great day on Lake Lanier
Richard B. fished with Spartan Charters Of Georgia on June 13, 2021
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Bring water, sun block, sunglasses, and a hat!
Fishing with Nicholas
April M. fished with Big Fish Charters on June 1, 2021
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Great experience but weather was not cooperative.
Professional and hard working
David B. fished with Island Angler Charters – Island Angler I on May 30, 2021
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Beautiful scenery and great fishing here.
1/2 day morning with Capt. Mike
Anthony T. fished with Captain Matt Starling on April 28, 2021
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Shades, a good hat, and sun screen along with a great attitude and remember that even when they are not hitting, it is better than a day in the office.
Loved this day with Captain Mickey
Alvin C. fished with Mad Gillz Fishing on April 14, 2021
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If you come this time of year, early morning, bring a warm jacket or hoodie. Come with sunglasses, snacks, water, and bring your best attitude. It's lovely. If you are a newbie fisher, depend on Captain Mickey. If you are experienced, discuss with him what you will be allowed to do as far as managing the poles. Plan to spend a wonderful day enjoying the weather and the views. You will see more than fish and depend on Captain Mickey to give you lessons about the area and the wildlife. This was my first time on a boat fishing trip and I can't wait to try again, especially since I didn't have to get my hands dirty: ).

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Georgia

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Georgia costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $444, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $674. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Georgia is 22 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Mad Gillz Fishing, Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service, and Stellar Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Georgia. Full list of top fishing charters in Georgia.

Mad Gillz Fishing, Beck N Call Fishing Guide Service, and Stellar Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Georgia.

The best way to experience fishing in Georgia is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Georgia.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Bass (Striped), and Flounder. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and spinning. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and river fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

If you’ve got some ice in your veins you can go wading down the Toccoa River for the gorgeous Rainbow Trout. Spotted Seatrouts bite really well during November, but that also depends on the weather. Check availability for local fishing charters in Georgia.