If you are searching for current fishing tips for Georgia reservoirs and rivers, look no further than the updated fishing prospects on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) website. These pages give anglers of all skill levels in-depth information detailing 32 reservoirs and 18 rivers in one convenient location - www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/opportunities.
Georgia’s waters offer anglers some of the most diverse fishing opportunities in the southeast with more than 500,000 acres of reservoirs and 12,000 miles of warm water streams. Each fishing prospect guide includes best bets, technique tips, target recommendations and contact information.
Lake prospects include Allatoona, Andrews, Bartlett’s Ferry, Blackshear, Blue Ridge, Burton, Carters, Chatuge, Chehaw, Clarks Hill, Goat Rock, Hamburg, Hartwell, High Falls, Jackson, Juliette, Lanier, Nottely, Oconee, Oliver, Rabun, Randy Poynter, Richard B. Russell, Seminole, Sinclair, Tobesofkee, Tugalo, Varner, Walter F. George, Weiss, West Point and Yonah.
Rivers detailed include the Altamaha, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Conasauga, Coosa, Coosawattee, Etowah, Flint, Ochlockonee, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Ogeechee, Oostanaula, Satilla, Savannah, St. Marys, Suwannee and Toccoa rivers.
The 2017 reservoir and river fishing prospect guides are compiled by Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division fisheries biologists and are based on sampling efforts, knowledge of past fishing trends, staff fishing experiences and discussions with anglers and marina owners.
Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license to fish in public waters. Where can you get a license? Buy it online (www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com), at a retail license vendor (list at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes ) or buy it by phone at 1-800-366-2661.
By purchasing a license as well as fishing equipment and related items, you help fund the Sport Fish Restoration Program. Funds accumulated from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and related items are directed to activities that benefit recreational anglers. A portion of these funds is provided to WRD and help make the following activities possible: managing sport fish populations, raising freshwater fish in hatcheries and stocking them in public waters, maintaining and operating public fishing areas, boat ramps, fishing piers, and much more!
For even more fishing tips, check out the weekly Fishing blog post at www.georgiawildlife.wordpress.com.