Fishing Season: All Year.

Chattahoochee River - GA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 78°



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Orvis Atlanta's Tip of the Week

Fishing Report for 07/08/24 Chattahoochee Tailwater Streamer season is here, so be sure to book your trip with River Through Atlanta now for your best chance at a mature wild Chattahoochee brown trout this year! The lower temperatures at night and shorter periods of sunlight should have the wild brown trout feeding more actively and aggressively as we get closer to spawning season. Stratification (lake turnover) has started for the year, and water coming out of Buford Dam is very murky, with dissolved oxygen at its yearly low. Fish further south, around Island Ford, for best results. If you have any questions at all, feel free to come in and we will be happy to get you set up! For the Chattahoochee, state regulations require a certified personal flotation devise be worn by all anglers from Buford dam south to highway 20. Pay special attention to water release info online or call the number below for release schedules. Make sure to call the Corp of Engineers release hotline at 770-945-1466 before making your trip.

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Map of Chattahoochee River

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Tidal Conditions

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5-Day Outlook as of 7/9/24

Turnover (stratification) on Lake Lanier is in full swing and has clouded up the river significantly at Buford Dam. The further south on the tailwater you go, the less this will effect the fishing. The days are getting shorter, and streamers are beginning to be effective early in the morning and late in the evenings. Please call the shop or the dam to get more timely info. You can call Buford Dam for last min updates.770-945-1466

Techniques & Tips as of 7/9/24

Streamer fishing is a great way to fish and possibly catch a huge brown. Nymphing is always going to be the go to for those bottom feeding fish, the old Pat's Rubber legs, worm patterns, midge patterns, attractors such as rainbow warriors and lightning bugs to copper johns, and the classic pheasant tails and hare's ears in 12-18. If you are throwing streamers, anything from wooly buggers if you're throwing the smaller rods to large articulated patters like the bottoms up and dungeon patterns by Galloup for larger rods.

Local Species Available All Year.

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    Rainbow Trout

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    Brown Trout

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Orvis Atlanta's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger Olive, Black 6-12
Shaky Worm N/A 14-18
Fly Formerly Known As Prince N/A 12-18
TH Duracell Jig Black 6-8
Kreelex Minnow copper/gold/silver 8
Rainbow Warrior Purple 18
Elk Wing Caddis N/A 16-18
Adam's Purple Parachute N/A 14-16
BWO's N/A 18-24
Zebra Midge olv, rd, blk 18-24

Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger

Get down deeper with these conehead flies.

Orvis Atlanta's Recommended Gear

Description: About Chattahoochee River

The Chattahoochee River one of the most scenic river systems in the south. It is split into two sections of trout water, the upper head waters sections starting near the town of Helen, GA. The second is a classic tail-race fishery. Starting at Buford Dam on Lake Sidney Lanier. The "Hooch" as locals call it makes its way south through Georgia, and forms the GA & AL border until it empties into Gulf of Mexico in Apalachicola FL The upper river is 28 miles of year-round trout fishing with a healthy population of natural spawning brown trout and stocked rainbow trout. The lower river is a 5 mile section of Delayed Harvest fishing that starts on November 1st and runs through May 14th. This section is stocked with both Rainbow and Brown Trout. South of this area the river turns into marginal trout water, but supports an amazing population of warm water sport fish all the way to its end in the Gulf.

Nearest Airport:

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport


Junk Flies, Woolly Buggers, Big Articulated Streamers, Featherchangers

Best Time to Fish:

Low flows

Best Stretch:

Buford Dam to Island Ford Park

Best Access:

Buford Dam, Settles Bridge, Jones Bridge, Island Ford