Chattahoochee River

The Hooch--as it is affectionately called--is our home water and is listed by Trout Unlimited as one of America's 100 Best Trout Streams.  It is home to a robust, naturally reproducing population of wild brown trout and sits in Atlanta GA's backyard.  

 

The Hooch begins around 3,400 feet as a small creek in the mountains of the Chattahoochee National Forest of North Georgia, outside of Helen.  There native Southern Brook trout can be found.  Further down you can find wild rainbow and brown trout. Below Helen the river has become larger from tributaries such as Smith and Dukes Creek flowing into it as it works its way into Lake Sidney Lanier.  It becomes a tailwater upon leaving the lake through Buford Dam.  Large browns lurk for miles downstream.  Wild browns spawn as far as Jones Bridge 19 miles south of the dam. The river continues for eight miles to Island Ford where it flows into Morgan falls dam.  While the Chattahoochee River continues south into Florida, it effectively becomes too warm for trout as it passes about five miles further south to Paces Ferry Landing and under highway 41 in Southwest Fulton County.  The delayed harvest section also stops there. No one has told the trout that and they can be found south of Paces Ferry.

 

See more pictures of the Hooch in the photo gallery.