Looking for a spot to reel in some fish? Whether you want to sit on a dock for the day or catch the breeze on the water in a boat, use this list to find some great spots and resources for your fishing excursion. The inshore fishing in Liberty County yields flounder, sea trout and red drum. Docks and piers are good places to find black drum and sheepshead.
Sunbury Dock-This public landing provides direct access to the intercoastal waterway and has a large pier for fishing. If you’re fishing on the weekend and don’t catch your dinner for some reason, head to the Sunbury Crab Co. for lunch or supper for fresh, local seafood. Location: 3320 Ft. Morris Road, Midway.
Bonus: Save the date for the Hinesville Rotary Fishing Tournament on September 16, 2017! This is their fourth annual fishing tournament and features cash prizes and a sunset party to end the day. Email [email protected] for more details.
Jones Creek Park-This hidden gem on the Isle of Wight includes a public landing for small boats, a fishing area, playground and sheltered seating for twenty. It’s a picture-perfect spot to spend the day, whether you go out onto the water or stay on shore. Location: 2059 Isle of Wight Road, Midway
Bryant Commons-Spend a leisurely day fishing in the pond, but be sure to put back what you catch because Bryant Commons is catch and release only. After you’ve finished fishing, take a walk or picnic under the shady oak trees. Bryant Commons is operated by the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority. Location: 438 W. Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville
Riceboro Fishing Area-The abandoned bridge on Hwy. 17 on the very outskirts of Riceboro makes a great fishing pier on Peacock Canal. You can also enjoy a meal or snack under the small pavilion with picnic tables. Location: Hwy. 17 outside of the City of Riceboro
Riceboro Dock-This has a boat ramp and a large fishing pier. It’s a little off the beaten path, but well worth the find. Location: On Interstate Paper Road in Riceboro off Hwy. 17
Eve Park-With a nearby playground and screened-in picnic tables, Eve Park is a lovely place to bring the entire family for some fishing on Colonel’s Island. Location: 234 Azalea Road, Midway
Fort Stewart-Soldiers and veterans can enjoy year-round fishing on Fort Stewart and anglers from all over may acquire a visitor’s pass to do some fresh water fishing. The Fish & Wildlife Branch on the installation maintains numerous ponds and river landings for fishers. Fish varieties include striped bass, bluegill and redear sunfish, pickerel, catfish, black crappie and more. Contact Fort Stewart Pass & Permit Office for more information on arranging a fishing jaunt.
Bonus: Fort Stewart also typically hosts kids’ fishing events during the summer and other fishing tournaments throughout the year. Check out the Fort Stewart Family & MWR calendar for upcoming events.
Sea Dog Charters-If you’d rather take your fishing excursion a little further out and have a professional on hand, Captain James is the person to contact! You can go out for 4, 6, and 8-hour fishing trips. He also offers boat rides with a history tour. Sea Dog Charters departs from Fort McAllister, which is in Bryan County, but since he’s a Chamber member and he’s been a good friend to us, we forgive him. ☺ Contact: Sea Dog Charters, LLC 912-610-2710 or email [email protected]
Bonus: Sea Dog Charters recently took some of our Liberty County locals on a coastal-based geocache outing. The Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex now has a Savannah Coastal Refuges GeoTrail. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service site, there is a special geocache for each refuge in the Complex. Some of the geocaches, like the one on Blackbeard Island, are only accessible via water. Our friends Brian and Robin Tiner were good enough to send some photos from their recent trip. Even though they were briefly stuck on a sandbar, they made the best of the situation and sneaked in some fishing! For more information about the trail, visit the Geocache Trail.
Photo Courtesy of Josh Coons
Before you go fishing in Liberty County, make sure you’re properly licensed. Visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for more info and check out their fishing regulations page. We also advise you to check the weather and be on the lookout for thunderstorms that may pop up, especially during the summer months. Bring bug spray, water and sunscreen. Most of these places don’t have a convenience store right around the corner, so come prepared! You’ll want to check the tides too, and Tides Near Me is a great app to use.
After that, it’s up to you to choose how and where you’d like to spend the day fishing! Enjoy!
-Amanda Scott, Program Coordinator for the Liberty County CVB
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