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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.

Fishing for redbreast sunfish and bluegill should be good during the latter part of this quarter. Your best bet is with a cane pole using live wigglers or crickets. Try fishing around fallen trees or brush piles for the best results. Some nice striped bass in the 5-15 lb range have been recently caught below the dam. Try flukes, live shad, or topwater plugs in the current or at the edge of the current breaks for your best chance at a big striper. Be aware of back current due to the operation of flood gates. Catfishing should also be great this quarter. Stink bait on the bottom works best.

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bassBluegill, Redear sunfish, Redbreast sunfishStriped bassBlack crappie

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TrophyCatch Tracker

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): 2