Georgia Redeye Bass – Altamaha and Bartram’s Bass

Next up for Blake and I was the Altamaha Bass, which is found above the fall line in the Ocmulgee, Oconee, and Ogeechee river basins.


We woke up early, packed up camp, and headed to the river to hike down to where we wanted to begin to fish.  The Chattahoochee River trib we fished the day before was much smaller than the river we were about to fish and had better clarity too, but this was still fishy looking water.



Things were pretty slow early on, Blake picked up a sunfish or two before we got into any bass.  I caught an 8″ Altamaha in some slow water under a log to start things off.  Blake followed that up with a good one that went 10″.  These fish didn’t have the bright red fins like the Chattahoochee bass, but they did have some orange color on upper and lower part of the caudal fin, and outer margins of their second dorsal, and anal fins.





We caught a few more bass and sunfish as the morning progressed.  The action had only slightly picked up as we worked our way through the shoals.  When we got to the end of the shoals we headed out and made our way into Athens for lunch.







On the recommendation of my brother we stopped at Akademia brewpub for lunch, the beer and food were excellent, the bartender was top notch too.  I’d recommend it to anyone heading to Athens.


After lunch we made our way to Watson Mill Bridge State Park where we planned to camp and fish for Bartram’s bass, the last redeye we needed to complete the slam, the redeye bass found above the fall line in the Savannah river basin.


There was still some daylight after we had set up camp so we decided to try and knock out the Bartram’s that evening.





We started on a tributary creek that ran through the park, but it was slow and low and Blake only managed a chub there, so we moved on to the shoals below the mill dam.  It was a good move because we were able to catch our Bartram’s there shortly after we started fishing.










With the redeye bass slam complete we’d accomplished what we had set out to do and it was a pretty awesome feeling.  I had four of the five bass species needed to get a Georgia bass slam so tomorrow we’d set out to catch a shoal bass and knock that slam out too.  First we’d feast though, steak night tonight.



  1. xmegatron said:

    I will be getting a big tank and put 3 flier sunfish,4 hatchet fish 4,male firemouth cichlids and RULERS OF THE TANK a pair of Bartrams bass. On the right side of the tank it will be darker with a evil dragon ornament and in front of a bogwood fence a cave with 1 single male crenicichla lugubris pike cichlid.


  2. xmegatron said:

    Or I might put that pair of Bertrams bass with a adult male pike cichlid that only grows 10″. I have to find the perfect aggressive pike cichlid that only gets 10 inches


  3. Patrick said:

    What river / creek was the first one where you caught the Alti’s?


    • xmegatron said:

      I haven’t caught any where I’m from but I will be buying a pair a petstore.


  4. xmegatron said:

    Actually I will first spawn the male [BARTRAMS BASS] in a long long long long long wide 40gallon tank them take the female out and put her in another big tank with plants. The male will care for the babies in his tank behind tall wavy blue and purple plants the rock will be clear blue smooth tiny glass stones plus in his tank I will add 4 blue spotted sunfish, 4 firemouth cichlids and on the right side of the tank it will be dark the rocks will be back there will be a SCART thorny cave and a thick brush of red coral trees and in the cave will be 1 single male pink convict cichlid. That will be a great community tank.


  5. josh Leyshon said:

    My son and I are going to watson mill state park next weekend to catch a bartrams for his bass slam. We’d love to get an altamaha bass while we’re in the area. Any suggestions on where to go? Thanks for any help!


    • The state of Georgia does a pretty good job at providing recommendations on where to fish for them via their bass slam website. Check out the interactive map they have and find out what watersheds you can find them in. Once you have figured out the watersheds you can start looking for rivers in those watersheds on Google Earth. I’d start as high up in the watershed as possible and work down. Find a river that has a bridge crossing over some shoals and start there. Obviously ones that are closest to Watson Mill will keep your drive time down.


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