Updated: Jun 6
The spring weather and activity seems to be past us here in North Georgia. The hot days and scattered afternoon storms are here to stay. The fishing has been very good over the past several weeks on the lower elevation and stocked streams. This should transition quickly as the dryer conditions and warm weather continue. Expect the fishing on the bigger water to start declining as water temperatures rise by the end of June. The higher elevation wild trout waters are picking up and should be very productive the next few months. You can put the nymphs and junk patterns away as the dry fly fishing will be at its best of the year over the next few months. The light spring hatches have begun to fizzle out. I am seeing fewer and fewer sulphurs and golden stones during my outings. The numbers of caddis have been increasing more and more over the past couple weeks and should continue through June.
Chattahoochee River Tailwater Fishing
The Chattahoochee will fish well throughout June. Expect more traffic from floaters and boaters trying to beat the heat on the river. The midge hatches have move to very early or late in the day, so if you’re looking to do some dry fly fishing on the Chattahoochee, you’ll want to target these times. Another fun bite during the summer can be found throwing a streamer. The smaller fish found in the tributary creeks will move closer to the mouths during the summer. The more periodic releases from the dam place these fish in much closer proximity to predatory trout close by. These areas will be best for streamer fishing. Everything from 2-3” sculpin patterns to 6-8” stocked trout imitations can get looks from aggressive trout.
June and early summer are the best time of year to begin exploring new trout streams in Georgia. With the lack of rainfall we have had this year, searching for trout should be even easier as you wont have to worry about the normal high flows that can make wading and fishing difficult. Finding Georgia’s best trout streams can take some trial and error, but with enough looking you can find a new honey hole that might produce for years to come. Dry flies should command the attention of the trout giving you a good idea of what is in the area. If you do happen across a slow day, the pink squirmy worm or oversized pheasant tail nymph should also draw some attention.
North Georgia Striper Fishing
Striper fishing on Lanier is waning fast in terms of finding fish on the fly. The lackluster spring bite will continue for another couple weeks as the fish target the shad spawn and roaming blueback along main lake points and humps. The best way to find striper at the moment is on the tailwaters. The striper migrations up the Chattahoochee to Morgan Falls Dam is in full swing. The Etowah River tailwater below Lake Allatoona is also seeing large numbers of striper moving up from Lake Weiss. Wading opportunities are limited here, but drift boats and kayaks will put you over the fish. Target shallower shoals to find the most aggressive fish in the area. The upper sections of rivers will produce some fish over the next month as well. Striper can still be found in the Chestatee river , Etowah River, and Upper Chattahoochee River, though in fewer numbers than during the month of May. Runs of fish from the highland lakes in North Georgia should begin any week now. Check out Henry Cowen's book on Fly Fishing Striped Bass to get a better idea on how to target these fish in Georgia Rivers.