The Flint River is an approximately 150 mi (240 km) long river, in the U.S. state of Georgia. The river drains 8,460 sq mi (22,464 km▓) of western Georgia, flowing south from the upper Piedmont region south of Atlanta to the wetlands of the coastal plain in the southwestern corner of the state. Along with the Apalachicola and the Chattahoochee, it forms part of the ACF basin. In its upper course through the red hills of the Piedmont it is considered especially scenic, flowing unimpeded for over 200 mi. The Flint River rises in west central Georgia in southern Fulton County on the southern outskirts of the Atlanta metropolitan area as ground seepage. It then travels under the runways of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Flowing generally south through rural western Georgia, the river passes through Sprewell Bluff State Park, approximately 10 mi (16 km) west of Thomaston. Further south, it comes within 5 mi (8 km) of Andersonville, site of the Andersonville prison during the American Civil War. In southwestern Georgia it moves through downtown Albany, the largest city on the river. At Bainbridge it joins Lake Seminole, formed at its confluence with the Chattahoochee River above the Jim Woodruff Dam on the Florida state line. The Apalachicola River then flows south from the reservoir to the Gulf of Mexico. It is joined by the Kinchafoonee Creek just north of Albany, and by Ichawaynochaway Creek in southwestern Mitchell County, approximately 15 mi (24 km) northeast of Bainbridge. In addition to Lake Seminole, the Flint is impounded approximately 15 mi (24 km) upstream from Albany to form Lake Blackshear reservoir. The river was historically navigable to Bainbridge before the construction of the Jim Woodruff Dam. The unimpeded nature of the river above Lake Blackshear is rare among U.S. rivers. It is one of only 40 rivers in the nation to flow over 200 mi (320 km) unimpeded. The Flint River has long been recognized for its outstanding shoal bass fishing. This unique bass is native only to a few rivers in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. Flathead catfish are also a favorite among Flint River anglers.
The Flint River is an approximately 150ámiles (240ákm) long river, in the U.S. state of Georgia. The river drains 8,460 sq mi (22,464ákm▓) of western Georgia, flowing south from the upper Piedmont region south of Atlanta to the wetlands of the coastal plain in the southwestern corner of the state. Along with the Apalachicola and the Chattahoochee, it forms part of the ACF basin. In its upper course through the red hills of the Piedmont it is considered especially scenic, flowing unimpeded for over 200ámiles (320ákm). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint River (Georgia)
Summer (May-July) and fall (Sept.-Oct.) represent the best opportunities to catch shoal bass. Some of the best action can be found in the shoal areas below Newton, in Baker County, and immediately upstream of Hwy 32 in Lee County. Another productive section lies upstream from the mouth of Ichawaynochaway Creek. The small islands found in this section are good places to find shoal bass. Shoal bass feed heavily on crawfish, so jigs and soft plastics in crawfish patterns are favorites among anglers. Small crankbaits and topwater lures can be very productive as well. Fly fishing is a challenging and increasingly popular way to fish for shoal bass. Woolly Buggers should be a standard in any fly box. Although largemouth bass don't receive the same attention as do shoal bass, fishing can be good in certain areas along the Flint. For quality largemouth, anglers should try the 2-mile stretch of river below Warwick dam. Bass fishing is often overlooked during the winter months; however, this can be a good time to fish, as bass will often congregate around the many springs in the river, which remain a constant 68oF. Beginning in late February, white bass, striped bass, and hybrids begin their run up to the Albany dam. Most people cast bucktails for hybrids and striped bass, but crankbaits like shad raps and rapalas work well too. The best fishing usually takes place during the summer months when flatheads occupy the deeper holes in the river. Live bait is a must, with bream being the bait of choice. Some of the more productive areas can be found downstream of Hwy 32 in Lee County and the river section above Newton in Baker County.
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