fisheries

Fishing Methods

FishingMethods1.jpgMany 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.

Catch & Release

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  1. Stressed fish populations need your help to recover.
  2. A personal commitment to conservation adds fun to fishing.
  3. Size, season, and bag regulations make release mandatory.
  4. A fish is too valuable a resource to be caught only once.

The future of sportfishing is in your hands.

Lake Lanier Turnover Facts

"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.

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)

In early October 2019, an angler reported catching two juvenile northern snakeheads, an aquatic invasive species, in a pond located on private property in Gwinnett County. This is the first time this fish has been confirmed in Georgia waters. Invasive species are often introduced through unauthorized release. Non-native invasive species such as the northern snakehead, have the potential to impact native species in introduced areas by competing for food and habitat.