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Types of Fish in Georgia

Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Walleye
Warmouth
White Bass

With its temperate climate Georgia provides year round fishing options, but is best known for trout, bass and crappie. To encourage fishing the state not only has free days to fish, but the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. Even if you lack equipment you can still fish in Georgia at participating state parks!

Given that four thousand of Georgia’s streams are known for trout specifically it is no surprise that trout are both popular and plentiful. Waters Creek is a record breaking trout spot that boasts all three types of trout available in Georgia: rainbow, brown and speckled. The Conasauga River is another noted trout stream and well worth the hike to get to it, especially the section within Cohutta Wilderness. If you are nearer to the South Carolina bordering section of the state try the Chattooga River for excellent brown trout fishing and amazing scenery.

A popular location for fishermen and fisherwomen is Oconee Lake. Oconee’s waters are busy with the darting movements of catfish, crappie, panfish, and the ever popular bass. Two-way current keeps the water active. A perfect year-round lake for making good catches!

Lake Sinclair is a fantastic option for fall fishing. By a connection to Lake Oconee it has a teaming array of both quantity and quality. Visit Clark’s Hill lake for another fine example of species variety, as well as a lake so vast almost any sized boat could get lost on it.

Bass are a popular fish in Georgia as they are found throughout the state all year. On every lake in Georgia someone boasts of catching the finest bass! Unsurprisingly, Georgia is the world record holder for bass fishing (Montgomery Lake for largemouth and Lake Chatuge for smallmouth).

Georgia is inhabited by many kinds of bass such as: both small and largemouth, shoal, rock,  spotted, white, striped, Suwannee, Coosa, and others. Try Lake Seminole for a likelihood of impressive largemouth bass. Lake Varner is a place to visit for trophy bass, especially the largemouth. Eufaula and West Point Lake are known to be prime bass fishing locations as well.

Georgia has an array of species to cast for! Lake Burton, Chattahoochee River, and Suwannee River are worth noting for those angling for chain pickerel. Altamaha River has striped mullet, as well as an array of other species, like red drum and bluegill.

Stamp Creek is worth noting for the fly fisherman. Also, another adventurous fishing opportunity is swamp fishing for catfish, bluegill and warmouth. You can even sail along the coast and pit yourself against a shark. The options are endless in Georgia!

Coastal fishing is a chance to come face to face with saltwater species that also include the seatrout, striped bass, tarpon, red porgy, sheepshead, red drum, and flounder. The eastern coast of Georgia is a popular location for king mackerel. Around Jekyll Island you can creep up on a tripletail. For more marsh fishing consider visiting St. Simons Island or Sea Island.

With varying minimum length requirements, saltwater demarcation lines to note, and over fifty species of fish prohibited by law to catch it is best to keep a guidebook on hand. The use of troutlines, eel traps, and fishing baskets, are all subject to various state laws, so it is best to check with regulations before planning your excursion.

To acquire a fishing license you can apply online, by telephone (800-366-2661), or at a local licensing agent. You will be required to give your social security number to obtain a Georgia fishing license. Annual licenses are available, but the cost for non-residents is higher, and only residents can opt into a cheaper two year license. An extra trout license is required, but can be purchased for three day use.

An additional license is required for salt water fishing but at no additional cost (Saltwater Information Program – valid for a season). Both residents and vacationers alike may buy single day licenses for coastal fishing. Lifetime fishing licenses are available for all ages of residential Georgians, and even non-residents if they are grandchildren of a resident.

With year-round fishing opportunities, many kinds of waterways, and heavy variety, Georgia is a must visit for any angler!

Note: Beware of manatees while boating near Georgia’s coast.
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Abrahams Lake


Abrahams Lake, just 7 miles from Nahunta, Georgia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Abrahams Lake include Hoboken, Offerman and Patterson. If Abrahams Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Seals Branch, McIntosh Creek, Dead River, Mill Creek, Harper Branch, Taylor Branch, Taylor Branch, Church House Branch, Little Satilla River and Barbers Creek.
Closest Cities : Nahunta 7miles, Hoboken 16miles, Offerman 19miles, Patterson 19miles, Screven 19miles


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Alligator Lake


Alligator Lake, just 6 miles from Newton, Georgia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alligator Lake include Leary, Baconton and Camilla. If Alligator Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Spring Creek, Keel Creek, West Chickasawhatchee Creek, Piney Woods Branch, Alligator Creek, Kiokee Creek, Cooleewahee Creek, Dry Branch, Chickasawhatchee Creek and Alligator Creek.
Closest Cities : Newton 6miles, Leary 9miles, Baconton 13miles, Camilla 15miles, Morgan 15miles


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American Legion Lake


American Legion Lake, just 1 miles from Greenville, Georgia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near American Legion Lake include Woodbury, Warm Springs and Gay. If American Legion Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Kennel Creek, Winslow Creek, Wright Branch, Kendal Creek, Blount Creek, Winslow Creek, Parks Creek, Handco Branch, Hinton Branch and Sims Branch.
Closest Cities : Greenville 1miles, Woodbury 9miles, Warm Springs 9miles, Gay 10miles, Lone Oak 11miles


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Atkinson Lake


Atkinson Lake, just 6 miles from Nahunta, Georgia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Atkinson Lake include Hoboken, Woodbine and Offerman. If Atkinson Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Seals Branch, Mill Creek, McIntosh Creek, Dead River, Harper Branch, Taylor Branch, Taylor Branch, Church House Branch, Little Satilla River and Barbers Creek.
Closest Cities : Nahunta 6miles, Hoboken 15miles, Woodbine 19miles, Offerman 19miles, Patterson 19miles


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Banks Lake


Banks Lake, just 4 miles from Lakeland, Georgia, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Banks Lake include Ray City, Valdosta and Hahira. If Banks Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Alligator Run, Copeland Branch, Mill Creek, Possum Creek, Big Creek, Dampier Branch, Beatty Mill Creek, Beaverdam Creek, Darsey Mill Branch and Batterbee Branch.
Closest Cities : Lakeland 4miles, Ray City 5miles, Valdosta 14miles, Hahira 14miles, Nashville 14miles


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