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Old 09-25-2016, 11:30 PM
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Default Smallmouth water in S. Georgia?

Hello All:

Currently looking at a postdoc position in Tifton, GA. and was wondering if there are any public creeks/rivers that are wadeable for smallmouth? Looks like I'd be 3-4 hrs from good trout water, which is a bummer, but I get plenty of smallmouth in N. IL., so I'd be very satisfied with that.
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Hello All:

Currently looking at a postdoc position in Tifton, GA. and was wondering if there are any public creeks/rivers that are wadeable for smallmouth? Looks like I'd be 3-4 hrs from good trout water, which is a bummer, but I get plenty of smallmouth in N. IL., so I'd be very satisfied with that.

largemouth in south Georgia got to go to east Tennessee to get smallmouth but yes look for state parks in the area for water access
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No smallies in S Ga., in a literal sense...but you can catch shoal bass in small creeks feeding the Flint River. Excellent fly fish, but you'll probably need a boat to access them. Redeye bass are scattered in some creeks within a couple hours drive towards the mountains. Very hard to find wadable water in south GA. Smallie water starts on the Toccoa in N Ga., but good luck finding access. Rumor has it they're showing up in the Chattahoochee, still a long drive from Tipton.

I see now that your post is from Sept., so you've probably already figured this out...
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No smallies in S Ga., in a literal sense...but you can catch shoal bass in small creeks feeding the Flint River. Excellent fly fish, but you'll probably need a boat to access them. Redeye bass are scattered in some creeks within a couple hours drive towards the mountains. Very hard to find wadable water in south GA. Smallie water starts on the Toccoa in N Ga., but good luck finding access. Rumor has it they're showing up in the Chattahoochee, still a long drive from Tipton.

I see now that your post is from Sept., so you've probably already figured this out...
So far no confirmed smallmouth in the Hooch, several claims and pics but the biologist are saying no on them being Smallmouth
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