Leon, Gadsden and Liberty counties
Located west of Tallahassee, the Florida portion of this river is noted for its Redbreast Sunfish fishery in periods of low water and catfish during high water events, as well as for its black crappie angling. The best fishing times generally occur in spring and summer when water levels are low. This river is shallow, narrow, and scenic over most of its stretch to the gulf coast. It is a good river to canoe and fish with abundant snags and deep water holes. There are approximately 9 public boat ramps and numerous primitive camping sites on the Florida portion of this river.
For additional information, you may contact Ed and Bernice's Fish Camp at 850-379-8146.
TrophyCatch is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from the Ochlockonee River:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 1
Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 1
Current Forecast: Winter is the time to catch white bass and striped bass. Later in the quarter, white bass will be making their spawning migration in the Upper Ochlockonee. Small crankbaits, jigs, or live crayfish usually do the trick. Striped bass fishing is the focus of much of the effort on the Lower Ochlockonee (below Lake Talquin) from January-March. Top water plugs, bucktail jigs, or flukes work best. Focus above the Hwy 20 Bridge for the best action. Striped bass 5-10 lbs are common with a good chance of landing a fish over 20 lbs. Bag and size limits for striped bass follow those for Northwest Florida: The bag limit for stripers, hybrids, and white bass is 20 fish per day, aggregate, but only three may be striped bass and striped bass must be a minimum of 18 inches total length. There is no minimum length limit for hybrids or white bass.