Many fishermen from non-coastal counties, especially those from out-of-state, may possess limited knowledge of saltwater fishing techniques and may be unfamiliar with Georgia’s indigenous marine sport fish species. Recreational saltwater fishing is excellent in Georgia and every year, large numbers of spotted seatrout, red drum, black drum, sheepshead, flounder, whiting, spot and croaker are taken.
Some parks are experiencing large crowds on certain days. Park staff may temporarily limit access to ensure social distancing and protect the health of the public and our employees. Please understand that admission may be limited for several hours and will reopen once there is available capacity. Click here to read our coronavirus response before visiting because some facilities & activities are limited.
Why Release Fish?
- Stressed fish populations need your help to recover.
- A personal commitment to conservation adds fun to fishing.
- Size, season, and bag regulations make release mandatory.
- A fish is too valuable a resource to be caught only once.
The future of sportfishing is in your hands.
"Lake turnover" is a term that is often used incorrectly to describe one period of the annual cycle of lake stratification (layering), which affects the water quality of Southeastern reservoirs. Throughout the year at Georgia's latitudes and elevations, reservoirs go through a fairly predictable annual cycle. I will address the annual cycle of Lake Lanier and its impact on water quality downstream in the Chattahoochee River. In general this pattern is similar through the Carolinas, Tennessee and most other reservoirs that do not freeze, or are not in tropical climates.
North Georgia is the southern range of walleye in North America, occurring naturally in some of the large rivers and lakes within the Tennessee Valley.
National Fishing & Boating Week: June 6–14, 2020
National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating, is the perfect reason to get out on the water and experience the joys of boating and fishing. Coinciding with most state's free fishing days, National Fishing and Boating Week occurs each year during the first full week of June.
Time spent fishing and boating is a great opportunity to talk, laugh, relax, reconnect and create good memories with friends and family.
How can you celebrate?
September 26, 2020 is National Hunting and Fishing Day. While this year there will be no Outdoor Adventure Days or large gatherings due to COVID-19 concerns, the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division encourages you to get outdoors and actively participate in your favorite recreational activity.
The Angler Award Program Expanded Last Year - Check Out all The Categories!
The Georgia Angler Award Program recognizes anglers in Georgia who catch exceptional fish in Georgia waters. It also allows DNR to collect information on the genetics, age, growth, and habitats of big fish to help manage our fisheries to their greatest potential.