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Old 01-26-2020, 01:45 AM   #1
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Default Chattahoochee River from Ft. Gaines to Columbia

Crazy how close I live to the river but how few times I’ve fished it. Does anyone have any advice for methods of catching the different species? Catfish, bass, bream, hybrids?
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I grew up fishing that river. Typically stayed from Hwy52 down to Hwy84 in Gordon and my last time there was early 90's so things have changed. Some of the best times of my life.

Bank fishing, I'd hit the dam (bama side) after work a time or two each week with bucktails in the slop when the water was churning. It had to be flowing. Picked up hybrids and whitebass right there.

Boat fishing, we'd get shad along the lock wall and use for hybrids and catfish by anchoring up in the slop. The nuclear plant had a hot water discharge that seemed to hold a bass or two, and then there was the huge discharge from the papemill that we'd hit for hybrids and whiteness.

Last thing I remember is ultralight fishing was just beginning to gain popularity in the 80's. Daddy bought us a couple of outfits and we'd troll the river banks picking up some decent bream.

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I grew up fishing that river. Typically stayed from Hwy52 down to Hwy84 in Gordon and my last time there was early 90's so things have changed. Some of the best times of my life.

Bank fishing, I'd hit the dam (bama side) after work a time or two each week with bucktails in the slop when the water was churning. It had to be flowing. Picked up hybrids and whitebass right there.

Boat fishing, we'd get shad along the lock wall and use for hybrids and catfish by anchoring up in the slop. The nuclear plant had a hot water discharge that seemed to hold a bass or two, and then there was the huge discharge from the papemill that we'd hit for hybrids and whiteness.

Last thing I remember is ultralight fishing was just beginning to gain popularity in the 80's. Daddy bought us a couple of outfits and we'd troll the river banks picking up some decent bream.

My story and sticking to it...
I was in the papermill area just a few months ago....first time. All I could think of was polution coming out of that discharge. Not familiar with how that works in the area. I fished above the mill.
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Old 01-26-2020, 06:14 PM   #4
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Yeah, thinking back 30+ years ago... probably wasn't a great idea. We always joked about catching a three eyed catfish near the nuke discharge.

Some of the biggest gators we've ever seen were south of 84. Daddy had a 'fast' bass boat back then (stratos w/150 Mariner) and we'd burn a tank out once in a while by running from the dam down south. Gators would be lined up along the banks sunning.
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As far as fishing goes I do know that weekdays during summertime or during the cooler months is the “safest” times to be on the river. Otherwise you run the risk of being taken out by some drunk in an Allison trying to break a speed record!
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