Fishing and leaf-viewing opportunities combined – what a great way to combine fun fall activities! The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has five delayed harvest streams available to anglers beginning Nov. 1. “Georgia trout streams are designated as seasonal, year-round or delayed harvest, and different streams offer varying populations of rainbow, brown and brook trout,” says the Division’s Trout Stocking Coordinator Perry Thompson. “The delayed harvest streams have special regulations from November 1 – May 14. Since these delayed harvest streams are regularly stocked and the trout are caught and released, catch rates remain high, making them a great destination for new and seasoned anglers alike.”
Georgia has a diversity of bass that continues to reel in anglers from across the nation. As the only state in the nation with six of the seven black bass species, Georgia stands out as a bass angler’s paradise. This fall, regardless of where you are in the state, bass fishing opportunities abound, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is providing anglers with some helpful bass fishing information.
Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recognizes anglers for outstanding and state record catches. Anglers who catch new state records or those who catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length limit for that species (angler award) are eligible for recognition. “Georgia has tremendous opportunities for anglers – making it a great place whether you are just wetting a hook or trying to reel in a new state record,” says the division’s Fisheries Management Chief John Biagi.
Anticipating thousands of users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Effingham County dedicated the Tuckasee King Boat Ramp and Landing, giving boaters and anglers improved access to the Savannah River. This new landing improvements consists of new floating docks, truck and boat trailer parking for 50 users, new service pavilion with restrooms, new playground, and other site improvements. The area will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Anticipating more than 15,000 users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the City of Port Wentworth today dedicated the Houlihan Bridge Boat Ramp area, giving boaters and anglers improved access to the lake. This facility includes two (two lane) boat ramps, two floating access piers, three boat washing stations, an informational kiosk and parking for 45 trucks and trailers. There are also portable restrooms available at the site. The area will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Anticipating thousands of users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the City of Augusta today dedicated the Robert Baurle Boat Ramp, giving boaters and anglers improved access to the river. This facility includes the existing double wide 100’ ramp, gangway and dock, new single wide 100 ‘ ramp with ground out gangway to new courtesy dock, parking designed for 27 vehicles w/trailers, 3 handicapped parking spaces for vehicles w/trailers, spectator parking, 4 regular and 2 handicapped and grassed overflow parking, staging areas for tournament related activities. The area will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Visiting one of Georgia’s Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) with the family is a great in-state way to entertain both the kids and adults this summer. Beginning on August 1, 2011, nine PFAs will have new days of operation, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. All PFAs will be open to the public five days each week (Wednesdays through Sundays), sunrise to sunset. The areas will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Rocky Mountain PFA will remain open seven days a week as this facility is operated under contract with Oglethorpe Power.
How can you make family memories that will last a lifetime? For many anglers, fond childhood memories involve a family fishing trip and a stringer of bream. So, don’t delay – take them fishing today! Where to go? Visit a nearby public fishing area. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division currently operates and manages ten PFAs across the state in an effort to provide the best possible fishing and access for family-friendly outings. Bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcrackers), both part of the bream family, are stocked on nearly every PFA pond or lake.
Looking for a way to spend more time with a child or grandchild this summer? Introduce them to fishing. Research shows that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages adults, especially those with little or no angling experience, to introduce a child to fishing at one of the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer.
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation declare boating and fishing as unmatched leisure activities that help make a true connection with family, friends and the natural environment. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to reconnect with their families during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12, 2011.