It is time for pre-season trout stocking and the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to stock more than one
million trout in Georgia streams, rivers and small lakes by the end
of the year. Many streams will be stocked by the end of the month
and in time for opening day for seasonal trout stream fishing –
Sat., March 26th.
“Our goal is to replenish all of our stocked streams before the
end of the month,” says Perry Thompson, trout stocking coordinator
for the Wildlife Resources Division. “Since stream flows are up,
we’ll have an opportunity to spread our fish out well. Flow can
drop quickly though, and we’ll manage accordingly.”
Anglers anxious to fish the seasonal trout streams can do so
beginning Sat., Mar. 26th. Some popular seasonal streams include
Cooper Creek in Union County, Wildcat Creek in Rabun County, Dicks
Creek in Lumpkin County and Johns Creek in Floyd County.
“If you want to fish for trout before opening day, visit one of
the state’s many year-round trout streams,” says Thompson.
In north Georgia, Rock Creek in Fannin County, Tallulah River in
Rabun County or Holly Creek in Murray County are recommended, while
the Chattahoochee River at Buford Dam Park and Jones Bridge are
excellent nearby destinations for metro Atlanta anglers.
“These sites are well-stocked and provide great angling
experiences for someone new to the sport,” explains Thompson.
Anglers must possess both a current Georgia fishing license and
a trout license to fish in designated trout waters and to fish for
or possess trout. Licenses can be purchased online and at various
local sporting good dealers. The daily limit is eight trout on
general regulation trout waters. Anglers are reminded to respect
private property rights along streams flowing through private lands
and to obtain permission before fishing on private property. Buy a
license online (www.gofishgeorgia.com), by phone (1-800-366-2661)
or at a retail license vendor (list of vendors available at
For those seeking additional county-specific trout fishing
information, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com where current Georgia
Sport Fishing Regulations, a complete list of stocked streams, a
Northeast Georgia fishing guide, and the award-winning Trout
Streams of Georgia map are available. Printed copies of the
regulations and trout stream map are available at all Wildlife
Resources Division Fisheries Management offices and at some
official fishing license dealers.