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Chattahoochee River

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Fish and Fishing in the Chattahoochee River

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Chris Chambers and Drew Metzler use plastic baits below Lake Harding, March 2013The Chattahoochee River forms the southeastern border of Alabama, separating Alabama and Georgia. The Chattahoochee River is divided in this stretch by a series of dams. The northern end of the Chattahoochee River in Alabama is West Point Reservoir, a Corps of Engineers impoundment. On its southern journey, the river is divided by a number of smaller dams including Georgia Power Company's Lake Harding or Bartlett's Ferry before it reaches Lake Eufaula.  Below Lake Eufaula, the Chattahoochee is free-flowing as a border of Alabama, but the Chattahoochee River is impounded before it reaches the Gulf of Mexico at Lake Seminole in Georgia and Florida. A special reciprocal agreement between Alabama and Georgia set the limits on the fish that can be taken on the Alabama portion of the Chattahoochee River.

Water levels for various areas of the Chattahoochee River are given by the US Geological Survey. A history of the Chattachoochee River can be found at www.lake-harding.com/. The entire Alabama portion of the Chattahoochee River is legally considered navigable, which means anglers may wade.


Striped bass are found in below Lake Eufaula in the Chattahoochee River.

The Alabama Water Watch has published a report on this water.

The Fisheries Section's District IV biologists can answer specific questions about the lower Chattahoochee River by sending mail to: ken.weathers@dcnr.alabama.gov.

It is illegal to possess blueback herring Duane Raver's Blueback Herring courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alabama waters, including the Alabama portion of the Chattahoochee River. Regulations designate legal capture methods for bait and specify additional species that cannot be used for bait.

"It shall be unlawful to intentionally stock or release any fish, mussel, snail, crayfish or their embryos including bait fish into the public waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries as provided in Rule 220-2-.42 except those waters from which it came without the written permission of a designated employee of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources authorized by the Director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries to issue such permit. The provisions of this rule shall not apply to the incidental release of bait into the water during the normal process of fishing."

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