Augusta may have won worldwide notoriety for The Augusta National and its annual Masters golf tournament, but for those of us who reside here, Augusta is an outdoor enthusiast’s wonderland! With Clarks Hill’s sprawling 71,000 acres of water and camping just a few minutes away, the rocky Savannah river in our back yard and dozens of wildlife management areas around us. Augusta is the perfect haven for camping, kayak fishing or fishing in general.
Just within a twenty-five mile drive, there are dozens of prime opportunities to get a line wet. From lakes to rivers, to ponds, Augusta is stocked with plenty of options for every type of angler to pursue numerous species of game fish. Be it by boat, kayak, or shore: Clarks Hill tends to be the most popular destination for hybrid, stripers, bass, lake perch, crappie and catfish fishing. Located just at the bottom of the Clarks hill dam, on the South Carolina side, there is a great little fishing pier if you just want to take the lazy approach at catching some of Clarks Hills infamous stripers. But beware! The locals have this down to a science so watch closely before you make that first cast.
If you are interested in testing your skills on the Savannah River, there are plenty of boat ramps scattered along its banks that will provide you with access to some amazing smallmouth bass fishing. My favorite launches are Bettys Branch, Deep Step, Savannah Rapids Pavilion and Hammond’s Ferry. Any of these public ramps will allow you quick access to some really great fishing spots on the river by kayak or by boat.
Or, maybe you are just looking for a plain and simple bobber and chair, it’s my day off approach. McDuffie Wildlife Public Fishing Area in Dearing Georgia is a must visit for a laid back day on the water. Offering 7 stocked ponds, handicapped accessible piers, picnic areas, cheap camping, and restrooms. McDuffie PFA is one of my most favorite places to drop in the kayak, pond hop, BBQ and fish for the day with friends.
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