Fishing in Georgia

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Before You Go

Fishing Regulations E-Book

View the recreational & commercial fishing regulations

Freshwater Daily Limits & Length Limits

Before you go, review the daily quantity and length limits for the area you are fishing.

Fish Identification

Need to know what you have caught? Check out this helpful information about Georgia game fish and where they are found.

Fishing Methods

There are different ways to hook a fish, check out this page for more information.

Handling & Releasing Fish

Not keeping the fish you catch? No problem. This information will tell you how to best ensure the fish survives upon release.

Fish Consumption Guidelines

Each year, fish from Georgia water bodies are tested for contaminants to determine if any consumption recommendations are needed. This info provides a list of water bodies and whether or not consumption of fish found there should be reduced or monitored.

Fish Diseases & Parasites

General Disease Resources & Information   

Largemouth Bass Virus

Whirling Disease

Places to Fish

Georgia Fishing Blog: Weekly Fresh Reports

Each week, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division blog brings tips and news straight from our fisheries staff.

Fishing Prospects for Georgia Reservoirs & Rivers

Revised each year, these are some of the best fishing info from fisheries biologists and technicians about rivers and reservoirs in Georgia. Fish species, best time of year to fish, tackle suggestions and more.

Trout Fishing

Trout fishing regulations, locations, stocking information and more.

Public Fishing Areas

Georgia PFAs are managed for fishing. At them, you can fish from the bank or a boat, picnic, hike, watch wildlife, and enjoy the outdoors. Good bank fishing opportunities are available at all PFAs and many of them have special kids fishing areas for young anglers.

Fishing on a Wildlife Management Area

Visiting a WMA and want to fish? What you need to know.

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

This cooperative program between Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and WRD helps equip 25 State Park with fishing poles and stocked tackle boxes that visitors can borrow for free!

Angler Recognition Programs

Georgia Bass Slam

Reward program for anglers that catch 5 of 10 eligible black bass species in a calendar year.

Angler Award Program

This program rewards anglers that catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length for the specific species.

State Record Freshwater Fish

Catching a state record fish is an angler's dream—check out current state records and find out what to do if you catch one.

Fishing With Kids

Fish-n-Learn Programs

Children, ages 8–15, and their supervisors are invited to a weekend of learning about fishing through our Fish-n-Learn Education Program.

Fishing with Kids

Tips for fishing with kids, suggested places to go and more.

Kid's First Fish Award

Remember your child's first fish with a fun printable certificate.

More Information

Free Fishing Days

Georgia residents don't need a fishing license on these 3 free fishing days each year.

Tournaments: Reports & Live Release Permit Application

Planning on hosting a fishing tournament or want to see tournament data?