Fish and Fishing in the Chattahoochee River

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.

When fishing the receiprocal waters of the Chattahoochee River, refer to Regulation 220-2-.122 in the regulation book for more information.


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

For more information on the Chattahoochee River, please contact the District IV Fisheries Office.