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National Catfish Month: Best fishing hot spots in Georgia

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National Catfish Month is best celebrated by fishing for these delectables in some of the most scenic areas in Georgia. The Southeastern parts of the U.S. are well known for its awesome fishing year round but check out these popular destinations during August to help celebrate this month’s holiday.

Georgia has several species of catfish including bullhead, blue, channel, flathead, and white. Because these incredible tasting fish are so easy to catch, many families can enjoy them all year long. This is a great way to cut down on your grocery bill.

Enjoying all types of fish during National Catfish Month is a favorite pastime for many in Georgia. The following locations are some of the best spots for fishermen in the Southeast.


  • Coosa River: Located in the northwest part of Georgia. You can expect to find blue catfish at this hotspot.
  • Ocmulgee River: Located in the center of the state around Macon, this fishing hotspot can put either flathead or channel catfish on your table. Some of the largest in the state have been caught on this river, weighing in at over 100 pounds.
  • Altamaha River: Located in the southeastern part of the state, this very wide river is known for its channel and blue catfish.


  • Lake Nottely: Located in North Georgia, this is a favorite hotspot for many fishermen for catfish as well as bass. It is best to fish the upper part of the lake for your favorite catch.
  • Lake Tugalo: Located in the northeast part of the state, catfish can be caught from Georgia and South Carolina at this favorite fishing hole.
  • Lake Sinclair: Located in middle Georgia, all types of catfish can be found here except for flathead.
  • Lake Andrews: Located in southwest Georgia, this hotspot is best known for its state record blue catfish. Channel and flathead can also be found here.

For a complete list of the best places in Georgia for hooking catfish visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Celebrate National Catfish Month this year by catching your next meal at one of these awesome Georgia locations.