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Fishing Georgia

We frequently get asked similar questions about fishing in throughout Georgia. Here we provide the answers to these questions along with some tips.

North Georgia Brook Trout

Where is the best trout fishing in Georgia?

The Chattahoochee River provides the best opportunity for trout anglers. Anglers can use different styles and techniques to catch stocked, wild, and trophy trout from top to bottom.

What is the best town for trout fishing in Georgia?

Blue Ridge, GA is known as the trout capitol of Georgia. Not only does Blue Ridge have the larger Toccoa River which is loaded with trout, but also smaller waters like Jacks River, Mountaintown Creek, Rock Creek, Cooper Creek, and Fightingtown Creek. For adventurous anglers Dahlonega is much more centralized and allows visitors good access across North Georgia.

Fly Fishing the North Georgia Mountains

Where is the best fly fishing in North Georgia?

The Jacks River offers an excellent fly fishing experience off of the beaten path. Regular hatches and trout that rise nearly year round make the Jacks River tough to beat for visiting fly anglers.

Where to find the best trout fishing in North Georgia?

The Chattahoochee River and small creeks around Helen provide excellent trout fishing year round. Whether you’re in the middle of town or exploring the surrounding National Forest, there are plenty of opportunities.

Where can I go fly fishing in North Georgia?

Any creek or river within the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest is a great place to start. The Chattahoochee River, Tallulah River, Dicks Creek, Boggs Creek, Cooper Creek, Rock Creek, and Wildcat Creek are stocked regular throughout the year and possess wild trout populations.

You can learn more in our articles on Fly Fishing North Georgia and North Georgia Stocked Trout Fishing guide.

North Georgia Trophy Trout

Where are the biggest trout in Georgia?

The Chattahoochee River is home to the biggest trout in Georgia. Several private water trout streams from Clayton to Blue Ridge also possess larger trophy trout.

Where can I fish for trout in Georgia?

The Georgia DNR publishes a stocking chart each year as well as providing a weekly stocking report to local anglers.

Is there a trout fishing season in Georgia?

No, there is no official season and anglers can fish for trout year round. There are, however, specific streams and seasons that have different rules and regulations.

What gear do I need for fly fishing North Georgia?

Gear is provided for all our trips here at Georgia Wild Trout. Anglers only need to dress for the weather conditions.

Do I need a license to go trout fishing in Georgia?

Yes, anyone over the age of 16 will need a Georgia Fishing License and Trout Stamp.

As a beginner to fly fishing, should I fish public or private water?

For beginners, we recommend public water as anglers will typically see more bites than on private water and in turn have more chances to improve. The benefit of private water is for anglers with more experience to have a chance at larger than average and trophy trout.

Is there fly fishing for walleye in North Georgia?

Anglers can target walleye on the fly above Lake Blue Ridge on the Toccoa River as well as the Chestatee and Chattahoochee River above Lake Lanier in early spring.

Fly Fishing for Georgia Striper

Where can I go fly fishing for Striper or Striped Bass in Georgia?

Anglers can target striper on the fly on Lake Lanier, Carters Lake, Lake Oconee, and a couple South Carolina border lakes during the cooler months when they roam shallow waters. In late Spring and Summer, Striped bass can be found in many sections of the Chattahoochee River and Etowah River tailwater.

Where can I catch bass on the fly in Georgia?

Bass ca be caught just about anywhere in Georgia, from small ponds to the large reserviors. The Chattahoochee above Lake Lanier has an excellent Shoal Bass Fishery, while Lake Lanier is second to none for spotted bass. Smallmouth can be found on the upper and Lower Toccoa while Redeye bas can be found on the upper Coosa and Savannah River tributaries.

What is the Appalachian Slam?

The Appalachian Slam consists of a Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Brook Trout.

Appalachian Slam

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