Sport fishing on Savannah NWR is permitted during daylight hours on impounded waters, tidal creeks, and canals within the refuge boundaries. Sport fishing shall be in accordance with all applicable state regulations and subject to the following special conditions:

  • Fishing from boats is permitted year-round in Kingfisher Pond (non-motorized or electric motor boats only) and all tidal creeks, unless otherwise posted. 
  • Fishing from boats (non-motorized or electric motor boats only) within all other impounded waters and canals is permitted March 1 – November 30. 
  • Bank fishing is permitted year-round throughout the refuge, unless otherwise posted.
  • Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted on Kingfisher Pond and other impounded waters and canals.
  • All areas posted with “Area Closed” signs are closed to all activities including fishing. 
  • No one will be allowed on the refuge before sunrise and all persons must be off the refuge no later than one half hour after sunset.
  • A Georgia fishing license is required for fishing in GA waters; A South Carolina freshwater fishing license is required for fishing in SC waters (includes refuge impoundments and bank fishing from Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive.) No special refuge permit is needed for fishing.

Common species found in the impoundments and canals are bluegill, crappie, large-mouth bass, channel and blue catfish, bowfin, and mullet.

Common species found in the river and tidal creek are any of the above plus striped bass, red fish, and flounder.

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