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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 pickup as water temperatures rise. Try targeting areas around fallen trees or brush piles with a cane pole using live wigglers or crickets. Striped Bass will begin their migrations by April. Target the lower reaches of the river and near the dam with flukes, live shad, or topwater plugs in areas of 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 time of year. Stink bait on the bottom work well.

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