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TROUT FISHING IN GEORGIA

Seasonal Trout Streams are open March 30 - October 31, 2013.

WRD uses special regulations (see below) and stocking to provide quality trout fishing in Georgia. More than one million rainbow trout and brown trout are stocked each year from March through mid-September. The number of trout stocked and the stocking frequency depend on a stream's fishing pressure, public access, and water conditions. Streams with greater public access are stocked more often with more trout. General information about trout stocking and the Trout Streams of Georgia Map are available from WRD offices and at www.gofishgeorgia.com. The map includes Georgia's trout streams, roads, and a list of recommended streams. Trout need clean, cold water to survive. Georgians can be good trout managers by using proper land use practices. Trees and other vegetation left along stream banks provide shade to keep water cold and help prevent soil from washing into the stream. Many trout streams are bounded by private property. It is your responsibility to know when you cross a property line. Obtain permission from the landowner before fishing on private property.

Note: While fishing any specially regulated waters with a minimum size limit, it is unlawful to possess a trout which is less than the specified minimum size regardless of where the fish was caught.

TROUT FISHING HOURS

  • Fishing hours on seasonal trout streams, except Waters Creek, are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Night fishing is not allowed.
  • Fishing 24 hours a day is allowed on yearround trout streams, except those in next paragraph, and on all impoundments on trout streams, except Dockery and Rock Creek lakes.
  • Fishing hours on the Chattahoochee River from Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek, the Conasauga River watershed upstream of the Georgia-Tennessee state line and Smith Creekdownstream of Unicoi dam are 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Night fishing is not allowed.


TROUT FISHING RULES

  • Trout anglers are restricted to the use of one pole and line which must be hand held. No other type of gear may be used in trout streams.
  • It is unlawful to use live fish for bait in trout streams. Seining bait-fish is not allowed in any trout stream.
  • It is unlawful to fish for any fish species in a seasonal trout stream when the season is closed.


IMPOUNDMENTS ON TROUT STREAMS

Anglers can:
  • Fish for fish species other than trout without a trout license, except on Dockery and Rock Creek lakes.
  • Fish year-round, except on Dockery Lake.
  • Fish at night, except on Dockery and Rock Creek lakes.
Impoundment Notes:
  • If you fish for or possess trout, you must possess a trout license. If you catch a trout and do not possess a trout license you must release the trout immediately.
  • State park visitors are not required to have a trout license to fish in the impounded waters of the Park. However, those visitors wishing to harvest trout will need to have a trout license in their possession.


DELAYED HARVEST STREAMS

Anglers fishing delayed harvest streams must release all trout immediately and use and possess only artificial lures with one single hook per lure from Nov. 1–May 14 annually. The use of additional “dropper” lures on one line is permitted as long as each lure contains one single hook. These restrictions do not apply from May 15–Oct. 31 of each year. The following streams are delayed harvest streams:
  • Amicalola Creek from County Road 192 (Steele Bridge Road) downstream to GA Hwy 53.
  • Chattahoochee River from Sope Creek (off Columns Drive) downstream to US Hwy 41 (Cobb Parkway).
  • Chattooga River from GA Hwy 28 bridge upstream to the mouth of Reed Creek
  • Smith Creek on Unicoi State Park from Unicoi Dam downstream to the Unicoi State Park property boundary.
  • Toccoa River on U.S. Forest Service land from 0.4 miles above the Shallowford Bridge upstream to a point 450 feet upstream of the Sandy Bottom Canoe Access.


ARTIFICIAL LURES ONLY

In streams listed here only artificial lures may be used. It is unlawful to possess any other type bait on an “artificial lures only” stream.
  • Chattahoochee River from GA Hwy 20 to the boat ramp at the National Park Service Medlock Bridge Park immediately upstream of GA Hwy 141.
  • Coleman River and its tributaries from its junction with the Tallulah River upstream to Forest Service Bridge No. 54.
  • Conasauga River and its tributaries (except Jacks River watershed) upstream of the Georgia-Tennessee state line are restricted to using only artificial lures from Nov. 1 through the last Saturday in March of each year. Natural baits may be used during trout season.
  • Hoods Creek and its tributaries on the Warwoman WMA.
  • Jones Creek and its tributaries on US Forest Service property.
  • Mountaintown Creek and its tributaries upstream of Mountaintown Creek Watershed Structure No. 2 (Hills Lake).
  • Noontootla Creek and its tributaries on Blue Ridge WMA. Note: All trout less than 16 inches in length caught from this section of Noontootla Creek must be released immediately.
  • Stanley Creek and its tributaries on the Rich Mountain WMA
  • Walnut Fork Creek and its tributaries on the Warwoman WMA.


OTHER TROUT STREAM REGULATIONS

Moccasin Creek State Park
That portion of Moccasin Creek between Lake Burton Hatchery water intake and a sign marking the approximate normal pool level of Lake Burton is restricted to anglers under 12 years of age and holders of Honorary Licenses.

Smithgall Woods - Dukes Creek Conservation Area
Dukes Creek and its tributaries within the Dukes Creek Conservation Area are open to fishing year round by reservation only. For reservations call 706-878-3087.
  • Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used or possessed on the portion of Dukes Creek and its tributaries in White County on the Conservation Area, including the GA Hwy 75 Alternate right-of-way. Possession of any bait, lure, or gear not legal for use on the stream is unlawful.
  • All fish caught from Dukes Creek and its tributaries in White County on the Conservation Area, including the GA Hwy 75 Alternate right-of-way, must be immediately released where caught.
  • No trout may be possessed while fishing on any stream on the Conservation Area or the GA Hwy 75 Alternate right-of-way.

Waters Creek
Waters Creek, located on the Chestatee WMA, is managed for trophy trout. Waters Creek and its tributaries are open during the trout season on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time) with the following restrictions:
  • Artificial lures with a single barbless hook no larger than a #6 must be used. Only one lure can be used at a time. You cannot possess lures that do not meet these criteria while on the area.
  • Landing nets may not exceed two (2) feet in length.
  • Possession of any bait, lure, landing nets or gear not legal for use on the stream is unlawful.
  • No night fishing.
License requirements for Waters Creek
  • Residents: Must have a G eorgia resident fishing license, trout license, and WMA license. Senior (65+) Lifetime, Honorary and Sportsman’s license holders do not need a WMA license.
  • Nonresidents: Nonresident Georgia fishing license, nonresident trout license and nonresident WMA license.
Size and possession limits
  • Size limits: 22 inches for brown and rainbow trout and 18 inches for brook trout. It is a violation to possess a trout smaller than these limits while fishing on Waters creek.
  • Possession limit: One (1) trout may be possessed daily. No person may take more than three (3) trout per season.


Trout Stream Maps

A county-by-county listing follows for trout stream maps. Adobe PDF reader is required to view these maps. Simply click on the county name below to view a map that shows trout streams color coded for seasonal, year-round, and special regulations; roads; camping areas; public lands (shaded); and stocking locations (indicated by a red star).

Bartow County
Seasonal: Boston Creek watershed upstream from Georgia Highway 20.

Year-round: Connesena Cr. watershed; Dykes Cr. watershed; PineLog Cr. watershed; Pyle Cr. watershed; Salacoa Cr. watershed; Spring Cr. watershed; Stamp Cr. watershed upstream from Bartow Co. Rd. 269; Toms Cr. watershed upstream from Bartow Co. Rd. 82; Two Run Cr. watershed; Ward Cr. watershed.

Carroll County
Year-round: Tallapoosa River watershed north of Interstate 20, not including Little Tallapoosa River watershed.

Catoosa County
Seasonal: Hurricane Creek watershed upstream from Peters Branch.

Year-round: Dry Creek watershed (part of East Chickamauga Creek watershed) upstream of Catoosa County Road 257; Little Chickamauga Creek watershed upstream from Catoosa County Road 387; Tiger Creek watershed upstream from Georgia Highway 2.

Chattooga County
Year-round: Allgood Branch watershed; Chappel Cr. watershed; Chelsea Cr. watershed; East Fork Little R. watershed including Gilreath Cr.; Hinton Cr. watershed; Kings Cr. watershed; Little Armuchee Cr. watershed upstream from Co Rd. 326; Mt. Hope Cr. (Coon Cr.) watershed; Perennial Spring watershed; Raccoon Cr. watershed upstream from GA Hwy 48; Ruff Creek watershed; Storey Mill Cr. watershed; Taliaferro Cr. watershed.

Cherokee County
Seasonal: Boston Creek watershed.

Year-round: Bluff Creek watershed upstream of Cherokee County Road 114; Pine Log Creek watershed; Salacoa Creek watershed; Soap Creek watershed upstream of Cherokee County Road 116; Stamp Creek watershed; Wiley Creek watershed.

Cobb County
Year-round: Chattahoochee River downstream to the mouth of Peachtree Creek.

Dade County
Seasonal: Rock Creek watershed.

Year-round: Allison Cr. watershed; East Fork Little R. watershed Lookout Cr. watershed upstream from Dade Co Rd. 197.

Dawson County
Seasonal: Amicalola Creek watershed upstream from Dawson County Road 192 (Steele Bridge Road) which is the first bridge upstream from Georgia Highway 53; Amicalola Creek tributaries from Georgia Highway 53 upstream to Dawson County Road 192 (Steele Bridge Road); Nimblewill Creek watershed; Shoal Creek watershed upstream from the mouth of Burt Creek; Sweetwater Creek watershed.

Year-round: Amicalola Creek from Dawson County Road 192 (Steele Bridge Road) downstream to Georgia Highway 53; Anderson Creek watershed; Long Swamp Creek watershed.

Fannin County
Seasonal: Charlie Cr. watershed; Etowah R. watershed; Jacks R. watershed; Owenby Cr. watershed; Persimmon Cr. watershed; South Fork Rapier Mill Cr. watershed; Star Cr. watershed; Toccoa R. tributary watersheds entering the river downstream from Blue Ridge Reservoir to the GA-Tennessee state line and upstream from the mouth of Stanley Cr. except those listed as year-round; Tumbling Cr. watershed; Wilscot Cr. watershed.

Year-round: Conasauga R. watershed (except Jacks R. watershed); Ellijay R. watershed; Fightingtown Cr. watershed; Mountaintown Cr. watershed; Noontootla Cr. watershed; Rock Cr. watershed; Rock Cr. Lake; Toccoa R. downstream from Lake Blue Ridge to the GA-Tennessee state line and upstream from the mouth of Stanley Cr. (does not include tributaries unless listed).

Floyd County
Seasonal: Johns Creek watershed upstream from Floyd County Road 212.

Year-round: Dykes Cr. watershed; Kings Cr. watershed; Lavender Cr. watershed upstream from Floyd Co Rd. 893; Little Cedar Cr. watershed; Mt. Hope Cr. watershed; Silver Cr. watershed upstream of GA Hwy 1E (Floyd Co Rd. 631); Spring Cr. watershed (flows into Etowah R.) Toms Cr. watershed.

Forsyth County
Year-round: Chattahoochee River.

Fulton County
Year-round: Chattahoochee River downstream to the mouth of Peachtree Creek.

Gilmer County
Seasonal: Harris Cr. watershed; Johnson Cr. watershed; Tails Cr. watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed as year-round except: Coosawattee R. downstream from Old GA Hwy 5 (Gilmer Co Rd. 239); Talking Rock Cr.; and tributaries to Carters Reservoir not listed as year-round (these may be fished yearround without a trout license).

Year-round: Ball Cr. watershed; Cartecay R. watershed; Conasauga R. watershed (except Jacks R. watershed); Coosawatee R. from confluence of Cartecay and Ellijay rivs. downstream to old GA Hwy 5 bridge (Gilmer Co Rd. 239); Ellijay R. watershed; Fightingtown Cr. watershed; Mountaintown Cr. water shed; Noontootla Cr. watershed; Sevenmile Cr. watershed; Town Cr. watershed; Wildcat Cr. watershed.

Gordon County

Seasonal: Johns Creek watershed; Pin Hook Creek watershed upstream from Gordon County Road 275.

Year-round: Pine Log Creek watershed upstream from Georgia Highway 53; Rocky Creek watershed upstream from Gordon County Road 210; Salacoa Creek watershed upstream from US Highway 411; Snake Creek watershed.

Gwinnett County

Year-round: Chattahoochee River.

Habersham County

Seasonal: Amy's Cr. watershed upstream from GA Hwy 17; Chattahoochee R. tributaries downstream to GA Hwy 255 (except Amy's Cr. downstream from GA Hwy 17 and Sautee Cr. downstream from GA Hwy 255 Alternate bridge); Left Fork Soque R. upstream of GA Hwy 356 and all tributaries to the entire Left Fork Soque R.; Nancytown Cr. watershed upstream from Nancytown Lake; Right Fork Soque R. upstream of Wilson Falls and tributaries to the entire Right Fork Soque R.; Soque R. tributaries that enter the river from the confluence of the Left Fork and Right Fork Soque rivs. downstream to the mouth of Deep Cr.

Year-round: Chattahoochee R. downstream to GA Hwy 255; Left Fork Soque R. downstream of GA Hwy 356 except tributaries; Liberty Cr. watershed; Middle Fork Broad R. watershed; North Fork Broad R. watershed; Panther Cr. watershed; Right Fork Soque R. downstream of Wilson Falls except tributaries; Roberts Branch watershed; Sautee Cr. downstream from GA Hwy 255 Alternate bridge; Soque R., except tributaries downstream from the confluence of Left Fork and Right Fork Soque rivs., to the mouth of Deep Cr.; Toccoa Cr. watershed.

Haralson County
Year-round: Flatwood Creek watershed; Lassetter Creek watershed; Mann Creek watershed upstream from Haralson County Road 162; Tallapoosa Creek watershed; Tallapoosa River watershed upstream from Haralson County Road 222.

Hart County
Year-round: Savannah River from Hartwell Dam downstream to Richard B. Russell Reservoir.

Lumpkin County
Seasonal: Amicalola Cr. watershed; Bryant Cr. watershed; Cane Cr. watershed upstream from GA Hwy 9-52 bridge; Cavender Cr. watershed; Chestatee R. tributaries upstream from the mouth of Tesnatee Cr., except for the Frogtown Cr. watershed; Dockery Lake; Etowah R. watershed upstream from Hightower Church Road (County Road 72) Bridge; Etowah R. tributaries from Castleberry Bridge upstream to Hightower Church Road (County Road 72) Bridge; Shoal Creek watershed; Yahoola Creek watershed upstream from the mouth of Bryant Cr.

Year-round: Chestatee R. upstream from the mouth of Tesnatee Cr.; Etowah R. from Castleberry Bridge upstream to Hightower Church Road (County Road 72); Frogtown Cr. watershed; Yahoola Cr. watershed from the mouth of Bryant Cr. downstream to GA Hwy 52.

Murray County
Seasonal: Jacks River watershed upstream from the Georgia-Tennessee state line; North Prong Sumac Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed upstream from Murray County Road 4 (the most southern of the two Rock Creek watersheds that are in the Holly Creek watershed); Sugar Creek watershed upstream from Murray County Road 4; Sumac Creek watershed upstream from Coffey Lake.

Year-round: Conasauga River watershed upstream from the Georgia-Tennessee state line (except Jacks River watershed); Dill Creek watershed; Holly Creek watershed upstream from Dill Creek; Mill Creek watershed upstream from Murray County Road 27; Mill Creek (Hasslers Mill Creek) watershed that is in the Holly Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed (the most northern of the two Rock Creek watersheds that are within the Holly Creek watershed) upstream from Murray County Road 301.

Paulding County
Seasonal: Pumpkinvine Creek watershed upstream from Paulding County Road 231; Raccoon Creek watershed upstream from State Route 2299 (Paulding County Road 471).

Year-round: Pyle Creek watershed; Possum Creek watershed upstream from Paulding County Road 64; Powder Creek (Powder Springs Creek) watershed; Tallapoosa River watershed; Thompson Creek watershed; Ward Creek watershed.

Pickens County
Seasonal: Amicalola Creek watershed upstream from Dawson County Road 192; Cove Creek watershed upstream from Pickens County Road 294; Fisher Creek watershed; Pin Hook Creek watershed.

Year-round: Ball Creek watershed; Bluff Creek watershed; Cartecay River watershed; Darnell Creek watershed; Hobson Creek watershed; Little Scarecorn Creek watershed; Long Swamp Creek watershed upstream from Cove Creek; Mud Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed; Salacoa Creek watershed; Scarecorn Creek watershed upstream from Georgia Highway 53; Sevenmile Creek watershed; Sharp Mountain Creek watershed; Soap Creek watershed; Talking Rock Creek watershed upstream from S1011 (Georgia Highway 136); Town Creek watershed; Wildcat Creek watershed.

Polk County
Seasonal: none

Year-round: Cedar Cr. watershed upstream from Polk Co Rd. 121; Lassetter Cr. watershed; Little Cedar Cr. watershed; Pumpkinpile Cr. watershed upstream from Polk Co Rd. 437; Silver Cr. watershed; Spring Cr. watershed; Swinney Cr. watershed; Thomasson Cr. watershed; Thompson Cr. watershed upstream of Polk Co Rd. 441.

Rabun County
Seasonal: Bad Branch watershed (flows into Lake Seed); Bad Cr. watershed (flows into Tugaloo); Bridge Cr. watershed; Crow Cr. watershed (flows into Seed); Dickenson Branch (flows into Burton); Dicks Cr. watershed (flows into Burton); Falls Branch watershed (flows into Rabun); Flat Cr. watershed; Joe Cr. watershed (flows into Rabun); LaCounts Cr. watershed (flows into Seed); Moccasin Cr. watershed, except Moccasin Cr. from the Lake Burton hatchery water intake downstream to the sign marking the approximate normal pool level of Lake Burton; Popcorn Cr. watershed; Seals Cr. watershed (flows into Seed); Slick Shoal Cr. (flows into Seed); Timpson Cr. watershed; Wildcat Cr. watershed; Worse Cr. watershed (flows into Tugaloo); and all other streams or parts of streams not listed as year-round except: Tallulah R. downstream from Lake Burton Dam and tributaries to Burton, Seed, Rabun, Tallulah Falls, Tugaloo and Yonah lakes not listed as year-round (may be fished year-round without a trout license).

Year-round: Chattooga River upstream from the mouth of Warwoman Creek; Little Tennessee River downstream from US Highway 23-441 bridge; Moccasin Creek downstream from the Burton Hatchery water intake to the sign marking the approximate normal pool level of Lake Burton; Overflow Creek watershed; Stekoa Creek watershed; Tallulah River downstream to Lake Burton; Warwoman Creek; West Fork Chattooga River.

Stephens County
Year-round: Little Toccoa Cr. watershed; North Fork Broad R. watershed upstream from NRCS flood control structure No. 1; Middle Fork Broad R. watershed upstream from NRCS flood control structure No. 44.; Panther Cr. watershed; Toccoa Cr. watershed upstream from Toccoa Falls.

Towns County
Seasonal: Bearmeat Creek watershed; Bell Creek watershed; Bugshuffle Branch (Allen Mill Creek) watershed; Burch Branch watershed; Fodder Creek watershed; Hog Creek watershed; Shake Rag Branch watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed as Year-round except Hightower Creek downstream from Towns County Road 88; Hiwassee River downstream from Towns County Road 87; and tributaries to Chatuge Reservoir not listed as Year-round are not trout streams and may be fished year-round and without a trout license.

Year-round: Brasstown Creek watershed downstream from the US Highway 76 bridge; Charlies Creek watershed; Hightower Creek downstream from the US Highway 76 bridge to Towns County Road 88; Hiwassee River downstream to Towns County Road 87; Tallulah River.

Union County
Seasonal: Arkaqua Creek watershed; Bracket Creek watershed; Butler Creek watershed; Camp Creek watershed; Conley Creek watershed; Kiutuestia Creek watershed; Low Creek watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed below as Year-round except Butternut Creek watershed, Nottely River downstream from Nottely Dam, and tributaries to Nottely Reservoir not listed as Year-round are not trout streams and may be fished year-round and without a trout license.

Year-round: Brasstown Creek watershed downstream from US Highway 76 bridge; Coosa Creek watershed; Ivylog Creek watershed; Noontootla Creek watershed; Nottely River from the US Highway 129-19 bridge downstream to Nottely Reservoir; Rock Creek watershed; Toccoa River (does not include tributaries unless listed); Youngcane Creek watershed.

Walker County
Seasonal: Furnace Creek watershed; Johns Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed upstream from Sawmill Branch; Sawmill Branch.

Year-round: Allen Creek watershed; Chappel Creek watershed; Chattanooga Creek watershed upstream from Walker County Road 235; Concord Creek watershed; Dougherty Creek watershed; Dry Creek watershed (tributary to East Armuchee Creek); Duck Creek watershed; East Fork Little River watershed (flows into Dade County); East Fork Little River watershed (flows into Chattooga County); Gilreath Creek; Gulf Creek watershed; Harrisburg Creek watershed upstream from Dougherty Creek; Left Fork Coulter Branch watershed; Little Chickamauga Creek watershed; Ruff Creek watershed; Snake Creek watershed; West Armuchee Creek watershed; West Chickamauga Creek watershed upstream from Walker County Road 107.

White County
Seasonal: Chattahoochee R. watershed upstream from GA Hwy 75 Alternate bridge; Chattahoochee R. tributaries from GA Hwy 75 Alternate bridge downstream to GA Hwy 255 bridge except Dukes Cr. watershed downstream from the US Forest Service property boundary, Sautee Cr., and Smith Cr. watershed upstream to Unicoi dam; Town Cr. watershed upstream from the mouth of Jenny Cr..

Year-round: Chattahoochee River downstream from the Georgia Highway 75 Alternate bridge to the Georgia Highway 255 bridge; Dukes Creek watershed downstream from the US Forest Service property boundary; Little Testnatee Creek watershed upstream from the mouth of Turner Creek; Sautee Creek; and Smith Creek watershed downstream from Unicoi Dam; Turner Creek watershed (the one nearest to Cleveland City limits).

Whitfield County
Seasonal: None

Year-round: Coahulla Cr. watershed upstream from Whitfield Co Rd. 183; Dry Cr. watershed (part of East Chickamauga Cr. watershed); Spring Cr. (Deep Spring Cr.) watershed; Swamp Cr. watershed upstream from Whitfield Co Rd. 9; Tiger Cr. watershed.

 
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