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Georgia is host to some of the country’s best trout fishing. Seriously. Amberjack has over ten outfitters that offer prime access to trophy Georgian trout on multiple different rivers and streams. Many of these outfitters are based in the Chatahoochee National Forest, an expansive natural reserve that spreads across Georgia and Tennessee. The mountain streams and rivers here are full of indigenous Appalachian brook trout and big stocked browns and rainbows, some reaching over 25” in length. Many outfitters offer bespoke trips, so the activities and intensity of the day will mostly be decided by you. Both wading and floating options are available in this pristine wilderness, and both spin fishing and fly fishing are widely practiced in Georgia. For beginner fly fishermen, many outfitters offer classes and fly casting schools.

If you’re more of a saltwater fisherman, head down to Savannah. Here, you can fish for redfish and sea trout in the Georgian tidal estuaries. Anglers will also be able to target tarpon and sharks throughout the day.

Basic Info
  • 52° 34° Dec-Feb
  • 73° 52° Mar-May
  • 89° 71° Jun-Aug
  • 73° 54° Sep-Nov
Chatahoochee, Gulf Stream, Atlantic Ocean
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Georgia

Brook Trout

Especially prevelant, sometimes over populated, in high elevation lakes and streams, these fish have one spots and multi-colored fins.

Brown Trout

Large dark spotting pattern makes this fish stand out against the other trouts. They can be tough to catch and strong. Look for fall runs.

Rainbow Trout

Adult fish are distinguished by a broad reddish stripe along the lateral line, from gills to the tail, which is most vivid in breeding males.


Reddish color along the back and white on the belly, Redfish are known for the distinct eyespot on their tail.

Sea Trout

Plentiful and good eating in the saltwater marshes of the South. Known for their spots, the sea trout is often called a speckled or spotted trout.


Tarpon have swimming since prehistoric time. They can reach sizes up to 8 feet and weigh up to 280 pounds. As fierce a fight as any fish.

More Outfitters

Fishing with Fly Cast Charters in St. Simons Island

Fly Cast Charters

St. Simons Island, GA

Imagine being poled down a low tide flat, fly fishing red fish, with so many red fish they bump the bottom of the boat. The Capt. shows you the wake made by the ten pound red. You cast your fly a few feet in front of him. Capt Dave quietly says, “Strip–let it sit. Bump it.” You do, and a ten pound red fish explodes on your fly in ten inches of water. Your drag screams as the big red fish takes you to your backing. This is what fly fishing red fish is all about. Imagine wading the flooded spartina grass flats fly fishing red fish in some of the Southeast’s most beautiful and unspoiled marshes. You see several tailing and feeding red fish. The Capt. puts you in the perfect position for a cast. You choose the biggest tail, make a cast about a foot in front of him, and within seconds he grabs your black toad fly, and he is off to the races, with your drag screaming. After a five or ten minute fight, you slide your hand under his belly, have your picture taken with him, and gently revive him, letting him swim off to fight again. Fly fishing red fish doesn’t get any better than this. Imagine you are in the middle of the sound, and the Capt. points to a series of ripples about 200 yards away. You motor close to the school of Jack Crevalle and drop the trolling motor to quietly get in front of them. You grab the 12 wt fly rod, throw a big bunker pattern in front of the school and can’t believe it as 25-35 lb Jacks fight for the fly. One grabs it, and you are in for a fight of a lifetime. Forty-five minutes later both you and the fish are totally exhausted as the Capt. lips the 30 lb jack and hoists him aboard for a quick photo and a satisfying release. Fly fishing for big Jack Crevalle is like hooking a Mac truck. This is what we do, “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.”

Fishing with River Through Atlanta in Roswell

River Through Atlanta

Roswell, GA

Yes, a high quality trout fishery does run through Atlanta! In fact, there are 48 river miles of designated trout water with over 9,000 acres of protected park lands managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service. The cool waters released from the depths of Lake Sidney Lanier at Buford dam provide an ideal environment for trout and other wildlife species. The flora and fauna abound along the river with frequent sightings of white tail deer, osprey, beaver, otter, muskrat, mink, raccoons and much more. In the Fall of 2003 Charlie Ford landed the new state record brown trout which weighed over 18lbs. and rainbows in the 16 to 20 inch range are not uncommon! Chris Scalley, the owner of River Through Atlanta, grew up on the Chattahoochee River and brings his passion for the river and the trout to his clients. Spending over 200 days a year on the ‘Hooch, gives Chris an unsurpassed knowledge of the river’s ecosystem and the behavior of the trout that inhabit it. No matter the time of year, Chris and his affiliate guides are ready to share the most efficient tactics for catching fish for their clients. Even if you’re new to the sport of fly fishing, his expert guides can have you casting and presenting flies with proficiency by the day’s end. The close proximity to the city of Atlanta provides an ideal getaway for the angler while on business travel to the Atlanta area. Book a trip during the weekdays and have the river almost to yourself!

Fishing with Cabin Bluff, Cumberland River Retreat in Woodbine

Cabin Bluff, Cumberland River Retreat

Woodbine, GA

Founded in 1928 by automobile pioneer Howard Coffin, Cabin Bluff was world-class fishing and hunting destination for wealthy southerners and northeasterners who sought respite from life's daily pressures. Mr. Coffin realized Cabin Bluff could be a perfect combination of simple pleasures, with no loss of luxury or comfort. Virtually everywhere at Cabin Bluff, our history is present. You'll see a century of moments suspended in time through photographs of legendary industrialists and former presidents, as well as decades-old books and artifacts. Perhaps the most startling sight is a well-preserved 13-foot alligator mounted overhead in the lodge. It was shot by former Cabin Bluff owner, Alfred Jones, Sr., on his honeymoon in 1930. To this day, Cabin Bluff retains a rough-hewn quality, yet has not relinquished its standing as a destination built upon simple elegance and attention to service and to enjoyment. Cabin Bluff is one of the only destinations that offer world-class fishing, shooting, and hunting opportunities. Date Range Fishing available year round. What is Provided to Customer Full service overnight accommodations; breakfast, lunch, and dinner; all beverages, including alcohol; all necessary gear for sporting endeavors. Region/Terrain Where You Fish Tidal saltmarsh and open ocean sight fishing. Typical Weather by Season Lodge is open year round with temperatures ranging from high 40's the low 90's depending on season.

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