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Fishing Regulations for the Chattahoochee River


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Alabama Regulation 220-2-.122

    (1) This regulation shall apply to those waters referred to in this regulation which are covered by the reciprocal agreement with the State of Georgia and which are within the jurisdiction of the State of Alabama, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

    (2) The State of Alabama and the State of Georgia have a reciprocal agreement concerning fishing in certain reciprocal waters, whereby fishing licenses of Georgia and Alabama are mutually recognized for fishing from the banks or on the waters of the Chattahoochee River forming the boundary between Alabama and Georgia and all impoundments thereon as now exists or which may exist in the future, with the exception of that portion of West Point Reservoir lying upstream (north of Georgia Highway 109 bridge on the Chattahoochee River arm of said reservoir.  The waters covered by this agreement do not include other streams or tributaries which flow into the Chattahoochee River or its impoundments.

    (3) For the purpose of this agreement, "sport fishing" shall be defined as the lawful taking by ordinary hook and line, pole, casting reel and rod and use of artificial lures, spinning reel and rod, or fly rod.

    (4) The term "commercial fishing" shall be defined as the legal taking of non-game fish by any person from either state.

    (5) No person shall take, catch, or have in possession on any one day, more than fifty (50) in the aggregate of all of the following species or more than one day's creel limit for any species.

The daily creel limit shall be as follows (Note size limits below):

Black Bass:
Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Redeye Bass and Smallmouth Bass or combinations…………… 10
(Note size restrictions below for certain waters)

White Bass, Saltwater Striped Bass and Saltwater Striped-White Bass Hybrids, in the aggregate............... 15
     (Only 2 of which may be 22 inches or longer in length)

Crappie............... 30

Bream............... 50

(includes bluegill, redbreast sunfish, warmouth, shadow bass and all other species of bream)

Chain PickerelPickerel............... 15

Paddlefish (Spoonbill)............... 0
Regulation 220-2-.94: It shall illegal to take or attempt to take paddlefish (spoonbill) from all public waters of Alabama by any method or to possess paddlefish (spoonbill) or any part of a paddlefish (spoonbill).  Any paddlefish (spoonbill) accidentally captured shall be immediately returned to the waters from whence it came.  This regulation does not apply to commercially packaged paddlefish (spoonbill) products imported from out-of-state or to paddlefish (spoonbill) cultured at hatchery operations or grow out ponds permitted through the Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.Regulation 220-2-.26, Section (4): All species of sturgeon are hereby declared to be protected fish within this State and any person who shall catch a sturgeon shall immediately return it to the waters from whence it came with the least possible harm.

Sturgeon............... 0

Possession of certain animal species, including fish, is illegal in Alabama, see 220-2-.26 and 220-2-.92, as is the release of bait or the stocking of fish, snails, mussels or crayfish.

(Note: Total length of fish measured from the front of the mouth to the tip of the tail with both mouth and tail closed.

It is a violation of Alabama law for any person to transport more than one day's creel limit of game fish beyond the boundaries of this state.

It is a violation of Alabama law for any person to fillet a fish while fishing, or to possess fillets of fish while on public waters except when fish are being prepared for immediate cooking and consumption; provided however, that fish may be drawn or gutted with heads left attached.  220-2-44 (9)

There is no closed season in Alabama on any freshwater game fish.


1. Walter F. George Reservoir (Lake Eufaula) - It is illegal to possess any largemouth bass less than 14 inches in total length.  (Spotted bass of any size may be kept.)

2. West Point Reservoir - It is illegal to possess any largemouth bass less than 14 inches in total length.  (Spotted bass of any size may be kept.)

    (6) Nets shall not be used to take fish from any of the waters covered by this agreement provided, however, minnow seines, dip nets and cast nets meeting the requirements of the respective states for catching minnows for use as live bait are hereby permitted, and provided further that baskets and snaglines may be used for catching and taking non-game fish, upon securing from the proper authority or authorities of the state upon whose side of the boundary line between the states such basket or snagline is used, any license required for the use of such basket or snagline, and upon compliance with any other laws or rules of the state governing the use of such baskets or snagline.

    (7) Fish may not be caught or taken by any hook or combination of hooks pulled through the water (snatching); provided however, said hooks may be so used with bait and/or lures to entice fish to strike or bait such bait or lure.

    (8) Snaglines, trotlines and wire baskets may be used for catching and taking fish in any of the waters covered by this agreement according to the laws, rules and regulations of the state in which the fishing takes place.

220-2-.13 Reasonable Effort Must be Made to Retrieve Crippled Birds, Animals and Fish
It shall be illegal for any person, firm, or corporation to kill or cripple any species of game bird, game animal or game fish without making a reasonable effort to retrieve same and include it in his daily bag or creel limit.  Nothing in this regulation permits or requires a person to enter upon the land or waters of another for the purpose of retrieving game or fish without the permission of the landowner. 

Stocking or release of bait prohibited.
It is illegal to possess blueback herring Duane Raver's Blueback Herring courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama,including the Alabama portion of the West Point Reservoir. Regulations designate legal capture methods for bait and specify additional species that may not be used for bait.


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