It’s almost time to take advantages of Georgia’s beautiful rivers and streams for trout fishing and 2017 will bring an earlier trout stocking.
The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began cooperatively stocking 40,000 trout in Georgia last week, giving anglers their first opportunity to harvest some freshly stocked trout in 2017.
Regular weekly stockings for the 2017 stocking season begin on Mar. 20, when an additional 70,000 trout will hit the water.
The trout stocking program is aiming to stock one million fish this year.
“With the current spring-like conditions and all trout waters open to fishing year-round, we have decided to stock approximately 40,0000 trout two weeks early,” says WRD trout stocking coordinator John Lee Thomson. “Due to the mild winter, we have experienced excellent trout growth in our hatcheries and with the continuing low stream flows, these fish have outgrown the available hatchery space giving us the opportunity to stock a few weeks early this year.”
Some popular stocked streams that will receive trout during this early stocking effort include Cooper Creek in Union County, Tallulah River in Rabun County, Dicks Creek in Lumpkin County, Holly Creek in Murray County, and Johns Creek in Floyd County. 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.
A current Georgia fishing license and a trout license to fish in designated trout waters and to fish for or possess trout. It is also necessary to possess a wildlife management area license or Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP) in order to fish on certain WMAs.
Find a list of designated areas at www.georgiawildlife.com/Georgia-Outdoor-Recreational-Pass .
For the list of stocked trout streams, online versions the Georgia trout stream map, and other trout fishing tips, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Trout or call (770) 535-5498.