Catfish Fishing Around Palmetto, Georgia

Catfish Fishing Around Palmetto, Georgia
Palmetto, Georgia, is a small town about two hours east of Atlanta. While Palmetto has limited fishing areas and resources, the surrounding region has lakes and rivers prime for catfish angling. There are several techniques used for catching these bottom-dwelling fish, including the nebulous "noodling." There are several fishing guides and outfitters offering tips, advice and guided trips for catfish in the greater Palmetto region. You will need a valid Georgia fishing license.


The neighboring community of Tignall, within a half-hour drive, has lake fishing for catfish. The Savannah River flows past the small community as well, offering opportunities for self-guided fishing. Catfish strike on smelly baits. Heading to bends in the river where currents are less powerful results in better catfishing. The staff at the Fishing Creek General Store is available to give tips and advice for where to land catfish.

Fishing Creek General Store
4539 Elberton Highway
Tignall, GA 30668

Oconee/Sinclair Professional Guide Services

The Oconee/Sinclair Professional Guide Services staff will arrange custom trips to the Palmetto region with advance notice. Fishing trips for catfish can be arranged. Trips include use of all needed fishing gear, tackle and bait, boat service, guides and assistance with fish cleaning and bagging. You should provide a cooler with ice, your own food and drinks, sunglasses (polarized are best), sun hat, long-sleeve shirt and a camera. The staff will accommodate locations near Palmetto and will meet at designated lakes or rivers.

Oconee/Sinclair Professional Guide Services


If you do not want to fish with a guide, the Palmetto area has opportunities for catfish angling. Summer temperatures soar and this makes for good catfishing. By the time the summer heats up, the catfish are done spawning and will strike on bottom baits and sinker-jigs. The Tugaloo River flows east of Palmetto and is a good area to fish for the bottom species. Look for bends in the river where the current slows and drop a weighted line with bottom bait such as shad or minnows. Jig for the catfish and wait for the delicate strike.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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