Shoal bass on Middle Georgia’s Flint River


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The Flint River just west of Macon is running at the lowest level in many years. That concentrates the native shoal bass, making them easier to find. The species is native only to the Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola river drainage in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, but the Flint River holds the best population of these river bass. Fly fishing is an exciting way to go after these fish, with white popping bugs or Wooly Buggers being good fly choices.

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                                                                              Shoal Bass                                                          Spotted Bass

Shoalies usually run less than 15 inches, but the world record from the Flint weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces. Unfortunately, invasive spotted bass now are showing up in the river too. There’s no size limit on them and anglers are encouraged to take home a limit of 10 of the spots for a fish dinner.

Published October 16. 2016