Two Georgia Bass Rivers can be a great place to catch several different species of bass. These rivers are the Flint and Savannah Rivers. If you are a kayak bass fisherman, it is a must that you schedule yourself a trip on these two Georgia Bass Rivers.
The Flint River starts just south of the City of Atlanta. It continues through shoals to Lake Blackshear. Eventually, it dumps into Lake Seminole. It is known for its shoal bass that resemble smallmouth.
You can wade the shoals on the upper river. A great trip would be to put in a kayak just below the Blackshear Dam and float down to State Route 32 bridge. This is a full-day trip if you stop and wade the many shoals.
In the shoals, you can cast a small crankbait in crawfish colors, a 1/4-ounce spinnerbait with gold willow leaf blade and a chartreuse and white skirt, or a Texas-rigged worm. Rig the worm with a 1/16- to 1/4-ounce sinker and try green pumpkin curly tail worms in clear water or black in stained water.
Fish with the current, casting towards anything that breaks the current like big rocks, logs, and cuts with an eddy in the shoals. Also, try the heads of deeper pools where the shoals dump into them and the water just above the shoals where the deeper water comes up to shallow water.
You can catch shoal bass along deeper sections of the river, but there are good largemouths here, too. Use the same baits and fish blow-downs and cuts in the bank with them. A small topwater popper can also draw exciting strikes in these areas of the river.
The Savannah River between Georgia and South Carolina near the coastal area of Georgia is an interesting place to catch largemouth. Put in at Millstone Landing north of I-95 and fish up the river. The current is strong. A powerful trolling motor is recommended.
First, try the many sloughs and creeks along the river. They are full of cypress trees, logs, and stumps. A white buzz bait or spinnerbait fished by the cypress knees draws the bass from the heavy cover.
You can also try fishing a Texas-rigged worm around the cover. Zoom U-Tail in green pumpkin rigged behind a 1/8-ounce sinker is also a good choice. Fish from the mouth of the slough or creek as far back working all the cover as you come to it.
In hotter weather, get out on the main river channel and fish upstream. Casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and topwater under the overhanging willow trees. Try a heavy jig around the willows where they lay in the water or any blown-down trees. Cast your bait past the cover and let the current wash it to the wood, then drop down into the thickest part of the cover.
If you have fished these rivers, share your experiences in the comments. Feel free also to share which lures worked and which lures did not.
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