Chattahoochee River Fishing from Buford Dam Tailwaters to The US 41 Bridge Near Vinings

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Fly fishing on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam. Photo by Deep South Fly Anglers

Chattahoochee River Fishing from the tailwaters below Buford Dam to the US 41 Bridge near Vinings. These outfitters provide guided fishing trips and fly fishing instruction.

A Brief Summary of Why the Chattahoochee River Below Buford Dam is Famous for Trout Fishing

The Chattahoochee River from Buford Dam to Georgia the U.S.41 Bridge near Vinings is one of the most productive trout streams in Georgia. Some fishermen rate it as one of the best trout rivers on the east coast. It is ranked as one of America’s 100 best trout streams by Trout Unlimited. The Chattahoochee upper tailwater begins below Buford Dam and runs 36 miles to Morgan Falls Dam. This section of river is open for trout fishing all year. The cold water coming off the bottom of Lake Lanier keeps the river cool all year round, providing an ideal habitat for trout. Most of the river runs within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Brown and rainbow trout inhabit the river. Some 180,000 rainbow trout are stocked every year. The stocking of brown trout was discontinued in 2005. It was unnecessary because the browns were reproducing in significant numbers. The Georgia state record for brown trout (20 lbs.14 oz.) was caught in this section of the river in 2014. The Chattahoochee delayed harvest season runs from November 1, through May 14. It begins at Sope Creek and extends for approximately 4 miles to the Highway 41 Bridge at Paces Mill. This provides some of the best trout fishing in Georgia.

The outfitters linked in the infographic below provide Chattahoochee River Fishing including guided trips and fly fishing instruction on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam and in the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

Deep South Fly Anglers Established in 2009 Guided fly fishing float trips below Buford Dam Fishes from Clackacraft drift boat or Stealthcraft jet powered drift boat Learn to read the river and understand where fish are found
River Through Atlanta Established in 1994 Has properties on other parts of the river for fishing and hunting Fishes from motorized drift boats that provide a stable fishing platform Fly fishing instruction for all levels, beginner to expert
The Fish Hawk Established in 1974 Coordinates a network of experienced guides Retail store sells high end fishing gear Also fishes the Toccoa and Hiawassee rivers

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