St. Catherine Sound

Details

Location:
Savannah, GA
United States United States
Coordinates:
31.7042, -81.2054
Distance:
Acres
Description:

While the interior of St. Catherines Island is not open to the general public, this important island needs to be described due to its ecological and historical significance. By state law, all of Georgia's barrier island beaches to the high tide line are open to the public, including St. Catherines. During daylight hours, the public is allowed to use the beach for hiking, picnicking, or shelling to the high-tide line. However, the interior of the island is off-limits to the public without permission.

The island is 10 miles long and ranges from 1 to 3 miles wide, with more than half of the island's 14,640 acres composed of tidal marsh and wetland meadows and ponds. The 6,780 acres of upland are densely forested, with pine and live oak being the predominant species. More than 11 miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches wrap around the eastern side of the island. Like most of the other islands on Georgia's coast, St. Catherines has Pleistocene and Holocene segments, with the older, landward part possessing richer soils that support lush subtropical vegetation and the younger, beach section fronting the sea. Where the two epochs meet at the northern end, a dramatic 25-foot bluff is formed, which was used by Guale Indians as an observation point and may be the most unusual geologic feature on any of the Georgia barrier islands. The island serves as an undisturbed habitat for osprey, and averages 119 sea turtle nests each year, trailing only Cumberland, Ossabaw, and Blackbeard islands in popularity with the endangered reptiles.

Common inshore catches include southern kingfish (also called whiting), spotted seatrout, sheepshead, striped bass, black and red drum, southern flounder, skate, and Atlantic croaker. Tarpon and shark are caught in St. Catherines Sound, where the large fish patrol the deep waters looking for prey.

St. Catherines Sound is located on Georgia’s Atlantic Coast between St. Catherines and Ossabaw islands about 28 miles south of Savannah.

Not many anglers make it out on a cold winter day, so you can have the entire sound to yourself! St Andrews, St.Simons, Altamaha, Doboy, Sapelo, St. Catherines, Ossabow, and Wassaw Sounds all have some deep-water channels and cuts that will hold fish during the winter.

Cover/Structure:

Deep-water channels and cuts

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Pier, Disabled access, Shore fishing access, Restrooms, Beach
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Map

Map for 31.7042, -81.2054
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Fishing Reports

There are no reports for this fishing spot.

Fish

Spottedbass-240-fw

Bass, Spotted (Micropterus punctulatus)

Freshwater
263
Stripedbass-240-fwsw

Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)

848
Croaker_atlantic

Croaker, Atlantic (Micropogonias undulatus)

74
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Drum, Black (Pogonias cromis)

144
Redfish-3

Drum, Red (Saltwater) (Sciaenops ocellatus)

466
Flounderstarry-135-sw

Flounder, Starry (Platichthys stellatus)

84
Flounderwinter-225-sw

Flounder, Winter (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)

196
Images

Kingfish, Southern (Menticirrhus americanus)

38
Spseatrout

Seatrout, Spotted (Cynoscion nebulosus)

193
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Shark, Blacktip (Carcharhinus limbatus)

82
250px-sheepshead

Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)

216
Tarpon-240-fwsw

Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)

232

Guides

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Coastal Georgia Adventures

Midway, GA, United States United States

Lodges

There are no lodges specified for this fishing spot.

Tournaments

There are no tournaments associated with this fishing spot.