Chattahoochee River Fishing

The Chattahoochee River offer year-round fishing thanks to its cool waters, which rarely rise above 50 F. Here you can find trout, catfish, bass, and other species. Special trout regulations apply to the river, since it is a designated trout stream from the mouth of Peachtree Creek, through Bull Sluice Lake, and up to the Buford Dam.

Though the Chattahoochee River is a year-round fishing destination, there are a couple of seasonal differences to note. Stick to the cooler areas of the lake during the summer, using bugs and grubs. In the winter, the dam releases water which keeps the trout active, making it an ideal season for Trout fishing. Springtime fishing is great in the river’s upper sections where the fish are hungry and the hatches are ripe.

Fly-fishing is popular on the Chattahoochee. A nine-foot, five-weight fly rod with a floating line is highly recommended. A tapered nine-foot leader and a 3X to 5X tippet will provide sufficient control. You can use streamers, nymphs, and dry flies for lures. Meanwhile, bank fishing still gives you an opportunity to catch fine fish, and for larger individual catches, head out on a kayak or canoe to the deeper parts of the river.

A valid Georgia fishing license is required for anyone sixteen and older. All resident anglers from the ages of sixteen to sixty-four must have a trout stamp, even if they’re not after trout. The river is open from sunrise to sunset. Trout anglers can only use one handheld pole. No other gear can be used in trout streams. 

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Chattahoochee River boat ramps:

The following boat ramps provide access to Chattahoochee River.

Bull Sluice Lake Boat Ramp
Atlanta, GA

Morgan Falls Boat Ramp on the Chattahoochee River Boat Ramp
11-53 Morgan Falls Rd Atlanta, GA

Chattahoochee River Boat Ramp
1-9 Morgan Falls Rd Atlanta, GA

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) Boat Ramp
Atlanta, GA