Fish and Fishing in the Pea River
The beaver swamps of southeastern Bullock County drain into small streams which merge to form the Pea River in southeast Alabama. The Pea River serves as the border between Barbour and Pike counties. It skims the northwestern tip of Dale County, then cuts across Coffee and Geneva counties. The Pea River flows into the Choctawhatchee River at the town of Geneva.
The Pea is a classic coastal river in every sense, and could serve as a good example of the plight of all of our coastal rivers in modern times. Some sections of the river are lined with majestic old growth hardwood trees and deep sandstone banks, while other sections of the river banks display the damage associated with poor watershed practices and flooding from severe storms. This damage has resulted in siltation and shallow stretches due to massive amounts of eroded soil. While watershed erosion tends to slowly fill the river with sand and silt, floods and storms can change the contour of the river almost overnight.