There are no minimum length limits on game fish unless listed below:
Largemouth bass - 12 inches statewide except:
- Bear Creek Reservoir (Jackson County): bass between 16 and 22 inches must be released immediately. All others may be kept.
- Blackshear - 14 inches
- Blue Ridge - no minimum (0 inches)
- Burton - no minimum (0 inches)
- Juliette - no minimum (0 inches)
- Lanier - 14 inches
- Oconee - bass between 11 and 14 inches must be released immediately. All others may be kept.
- Ocmulgee River from the Spring Street bridge crossing in Macon downstream to the confluence of the Ocmulgee River and the Oconee River - 14 inches
- Walter F. George - 14 inches
- West Point - 14 inches
- Public Fishing Area lakes operated by the Department of Natural Resources - 14 inches. This limit will not apply to lakes which have been posted as having a different length limit for largemouth bass.
- Flint River and its tributaries - 12 inches
- Lake Lanier - 14 inches
Striped bass, White bass, Hybrid striped-white bass
You may only keep two fish of the total limit that are 22 inches or longer, except:
- on the North Newport River, Medway River including Mount Hope Creek, Little Ogeechee River, Ogeechee River; Oconee River downstream of GA Hwy 22 in Milledgeville; Ocmulgee River downstream of GA Hwy 96 bridge between Houston and Twiggs counties; Altamaha River, Saint Mary's River, Satilla River, and the tributaries to these river sections; and from saltwater.
- The minimum length is 27 inches on the Savannah River and its tributaries downstream of J. Strom Thurmond Dam (2 fish limit).
- See agreement with South Carolina for special provisions
No minimum length limit for trout other than -
- Waters Creek - brown and rainbow trout - 22 inches; brook trout - 18 inches
- Noontootla Creek and its tributaries- 16 inches for all trout
How to Measure a Freshwater Fish
- Place the fish on its side with the jaw closed.
- Squeeze the tail fin lobes together.
- Measure in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme tip of the tail.
- You must release all fish shorter than the minimum length indicated for that species.