Or carefully navigating a cold, North Georgia creek, waders a barrier against ice-cold water and slippery bottoms, bait casting silently for trout lurking beneath branches and hiding in crevices.
And trout fishing is indeed one of the most popular sports in Georgia. From March 25th through October 31st, those who fish must possess a Georgia fishing license and a trout stamp. Seasons for other fish species vary.
Georgia has 4,000 miles of trout streams that are relatively unproductive, due partly to calcium-deficient soils. Therefore, fish stocking is common and must be done to support the more than 100,000 trout anglers. The Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stock brown, brook and rainbow trout from March through the end of September.
Stocked streams, good for beginning trout anglers, can be found in Bartow, Fannin, Floyd, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, Stephens, Union, Walker and White Counties. More difficult wilderness streams are stocked with trout in the following locations: Chattooga, West Fork Chattooga and Jacks Rivers. Stocked streams with special regulations to provide angling variety and achieve certain management objectives are located in the Chattahoochee River Tailwaters (partially in Gwinnett) and the Conasauga River as well as Jones, Noontootla and Waters Creeks. Small Georgia lakes with trout fishing are Conasauga, Dockery, Nancytown, and Winfield Scott. And in Gwinnett County, the Chattahoochee River is open year-round for trout fishing.
But it doesn#t stop there. Georgia has over 12,000 miles of warmwater streams and 500,000 acres of reservoirs open to anglers, so there#s ample territory for catching other species of fish. This summer, look for largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, catfish, crappie, redbreast sunfish, bream and more. Lake Lanier is one of Gwinnett#s favorite fishing destinations, yielding trout as well as other types of fish. For more information about fishing in Georgia, visit www.georgiamagazine.com/outdoors/fishing/.