Fish Variety in Savannah
There are many species of fish that can be caught in the waters in and around Savannah, Georgia. The variety of habitats that is available for fish mean that many different species of fish can be found and potentially caught while fishing.
While at The Islands
A popular destination for fishermen is Tybee Island on the coast of Savannah. People can fish from the beach or fish from boats. If fishing on Tybee island there are a range of fish species that are often caught. These species include Red Drum and Black Drum, Croaker, Whiting, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead and Spanish Mackerel. One can also possibly catch stingrays and sharks. Sand bars at Tybee Island are where the following species are most likely to be caught: Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout and Flounder. Knowing where species are most likely to be caught means you will know what bait to use and what you are more likely to succeed.
On the Coast
Red Drum can be caught all along the entire length of the coast in Georgia, not just off the coast of Savannah. Other fish, related to the Red Drum, that can be caught include Puppy Drum and Spottail. The many salt marshes and barrier islands off the coast of Savannah provide important habitat for species of drum to spawn and breed. Larvae of Red Drum and other species of fish are often found near the barrier islands, after which they move to the marshes where they have some protection from predators while they grow. It is the presence of these different microhabitats that allows these different species of fish to survive and flourish off the coast of Georgia.
There are regulations concerning which fish you are allowed to catch off the coast of Georgia. It is important to be aware of the law and to adhere to the rules to prevent overfishing. This is especially true for sharks, as only certain species can be caught for harvesting. Any other species that you catch will have to be released. The types of sharks that can be legally harvested include: Blacktip, Blacknose, Bull, Nurse, Thresher, Tiger, Finetooth and both the Smooth and Scalloped Hammerhead.
Species of fish that can be caught in the Savannah River include: Bluegill Sunfish, Black Crappie, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, White Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Striped Bass, White Bass and Largemouth Bass. The most abundant of these species of fish in the Savannah River are the Largemouth Bass and Redear Sunfish. White Catfish are the most abundant of the two catfish species, but Channel Catfish tend to be larger in size and, because of that, are preferred by fisherman. Besides these fish species, you can also find the interesting looking and widespread Longnose Gar and Chain Pickerel fish. You may also catch an introduced species, for instance the Brown Trout, which was introduced from Europe and is found in the Savannah River Basin.
If fishing is your passion then a trip to Savannah Georgia would be worth it, as you have access to freshwater and marine habitats and their associated fish fauna.