Striped Bass River Record: 42.25lbs caught in 1993

This is where the largest Morones in the state are found. The state record striped bass (42.25 pounds), sunshine bass (16.31 pounds), and white bass (4.69 pounds) were all caught in the Apalachicola River - Lake Seminole system.

Striped bass fingerlings (200,000 to 500,000) are stocked into Lake Seminole annually. Sunshine bass stocking was suspended during 2004 and 2005, but fish are still stocked into reservoirs upstream on the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. During high water events, such as in spring 2005, sunshine bass are discharged from upstream reservoirs into Lake Seminole. Lake Seminole, a 35,000-acre reservoir located on the Florida-Georgia border in Gadsden and Jackson Counties, is the headwater of the Apalachicola River. In Lake Seminole, striped bass and sunshine bass congregate along the old river channels and the lower lake near the dam during fall and winter, and migrate up the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers during the spring. Larger fish move to cool water springs, which are closed to fishing during the summer.

Fish are discharged downstream from Lake Seminole through the Jim Woodruff Dam into the Apalachicola River during high water periods. Striped bass greater than 20 pounds and sunshine bass weighing from 7 to 10 pounds are common. Striped bass in the 40 to 60-pound range have also been caught or collected from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system.

Striped bass and sunshine bass move throughout the Apalachicola river system during the fall and winter, and can be caught from the dam to the coast. Larger fish migrate up the river and congregate below the dam during the spring. Bucktail jigs and crankbaits that resemble shad are popular lures around bridge pilings and along deep channels and drop-offs. Live shrimp are very productive in the lower river.

White bass have been on the decline in recent years, although an exceptional year class was produced in 2004. These fish exhibited fast growth, and should provide an excellent fishing in spring 2006. Live crayfish and freshwater shrimp produce consistently.