DO IT: Fishing

Fishing: Bring Home Your Georgia Trophy

On the water, anglers enjoy boating and fishing, including for trophy bass, in lakes all over Georgia.

Trout is another favorite game fish, and you’ll find Georgia’s mountain streams enjoyed by fishermen throwing out hand-tied flies to fill a creel. There is also the opportunity to search for that deepwater trophy fish out of marinas in St. Marys, Jekyll Island, Brunswick, St. Simons Island, and Tybee Island. Fishing tournaments of all kinds are scheduled year-round so that you can display your skill at making the big catch.

Forty-five of Georgia’s state parks have bodies of water where you can fish, from reservoirs, warm water streams and rivers to lakes of all sizes and saltwater fishing. To make sure more guests experience the relaxation (and occasional thrill) of one of Georgia’s most popular sports, several state parks have programs that allow you to borrow equipment for little or no charge. You just check out a pole, try your luck and return it when you’re done.

There are also 10 Public Fishing Areas around Georgia. You can fish from the bank or a boat, picnic, hike, watch wildlife, camp (however, not all PFAs provide camping), and enjoy being outdoors. Good bank fishing opportunities are available at all PFAs and many of them have special kids fishing areas for young anglers. Fish species available include: largemouth bass, bream, channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, and crappie.

Get Licensed

Georgia law requires that anyone 16 and older who is fishing have a fishing license in their possession. There are separate licenses for trout fishing, saltwater shore fishing, and for fishing in a Wildlife Management Area. Fishing licenses can also be combined with hunting licenses in Georgia.

Georgia hunting and fishing licenses are available throughout the state from approximately 400 license agents in many sporting goods stores, marinas, bait and tackle stores, hardware stores, etc. Licenses also may be purchased in person at Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement offices statewide. And for the current Georgia fishing regulations, click here.

Free Fishing Days

Georgia has established certain “free fishing” days for Georgia residents only. On these days, no fishing or trout license is required, and no WMA license is required on a Public Fishing Area or Waters Creek trophy trout stream. These special days do not apply to fees at private lakes, and all other fishing regulations do apply.

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Fishing - Locations

Tugaloo State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1763 Tugaloo State Park Rd.
Lavonia, GA 30553
706-356-4362

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]
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Victoria Bryant State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1105 Bryant Park Rd.
Royston, GA 30662
706-245-6270

[Total: 3    Average: 4.3/5]
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Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off GA Hwy. Alt. 75 and GA Hwy. 75 N.
Helen, GA 30545
706-535-5700

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Andrew’s Cove Campground

Northeast Georgia Mountains
GA 75 north from Helen for approx. 5.5 miles
Helen, GA 30545
706-490-1246

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Towns Bluff RV Park & Heritage Center

Magnolia Midlands
45 Riverwood Trail
Hazlehurst, GA 31539
912-379-9303

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Ocmulgee River Water Trail

Magnolia Midlands
Mobley Bluff Rd. off Hwy. 107 E.
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
229-426-5033

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Paulk Park RV Park

Magnolia Midlands
Paulk Park Rd.
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
229-426-5033

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Ben Hill County Landing – Ocmulgee River

Magnolia Midlands
Mobley Bluff Rd.
Fitzgerald, GA 31798
229-426-5033

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Explore Highway 341

Magnolia Midlands
9 East Oak St.
McRae-Helena, GA 31055
229-868-6365

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]
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Altamaha River Kayak and Canoe Trail – Darien

Georgia Coast
Darien River Landing
Darien, GA 31305
912-437-6684

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Moccasin Creek Off Road Park

Georgia Coast
7055 Wilton Rd.
Blackshear, GA 31518
912-281-5842

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Satilla River Water Trail

Georgia Coast
GA Hwy 121 Landing
Blackshear, GA 31516
912-285-6094

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Woodring Branch Recreation Area

Historic High Country
5026 Woodring Branch Rd.
Chatsworth, GA 30705
877-444-6777

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Sprewell Bluff Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
740 Sprewell Bluff Rd.
Thomaston, GA 30286
478-825-6354

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Cohutta Wilderness Area

Historic High Country
3941 U.S. Hwy. 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705-6378
706-695-6736

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Fort Mountain State Park

Historic High Country
181 Fort Mountain Park Rd.
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-422-1932

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Ossabaw Island

Georgia Coast
22814 GA Hwy. 144
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
912-727-2112

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Fort McAllister State Park

Georgia Coast
3894 Fort McAllister Rd.
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
912-727-2339

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Port Royale Marina/Best in Boating

Northeast Georgia Mountains
8800 Port Royale Dr.
Gainesville, GA 30506
678-467-8847

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Whitewater Express

Presidential Pathways
1000 Bay Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901
706-321-4720

[Total: 2    Average: 2.5/5]
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Upper Lanier Water Trail

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Chattahoochee River Water Trail
Gainesville, GA 30501
770-297-5499

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Lake Lanier

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Northeast Georgia
Gainesville, GA 30501
770-297-5499

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area

Historic Heartland
6600 Mosely Dixon Rd.
Macon, GA 31220
478-474-8770

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Chattahoochee Old Town aka Brush Creek Park

Presidential Pathways
1328 Brush Creek Park Rd.
Franklin, GA 30217
706-594-4921

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

Classic South
1450 Greene St.
Augusta, GA 30901-5237
706-823-0440

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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James H. Floyd State Park

Historic High Country
2800 'Sloppy' Floyd Lake Rd.
Summerville, GA 30747
706-857-0826

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Fort Yargo State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
210 S. Broad St.
Winder, GA 30680
770-867-3489

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Don Carter State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506
678-450-7726

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Salacoa Creek Park

Historic High Country
I-75 Exit 315 Hwy. 156 / 388 Park Dr. NE
Ranger, GA 30734
706-629-3490

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Georgia State Parks

Atlanta Metro
2600 Hwy. 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
770-389-7286

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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