MNR trout stocking should lead to an abundance of fish | Characteristics

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GAINESVILLE – Warmer days and trout stock trucks hitting the road signal abundant trout fishing opportunities in North Georgia.

Thanks to the long-standing partnership between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, anglers can look forward to another great year of trout fishing.

“The Lake Burton Trout Hatchery renovation is complete, so we have all four trout hatcheries — three Georgia DNRs and one USFWS in operation — that are online and raising trout,” said John Lee Thomson, coordinator of WRD Trout Stocking, in a press release. “With all four hatcheries in production, we have plenty of room for trout growth, allowing us to stock bigger fish this spring. Stocking began the week of March 21 and all bodies of water scheduled for stocking will have received trout by the end of the month.

Popular water bodies that regularly receive trout stockings include Rock Creek in Fannin County and Dicks Creek in Lumpkin County in the Chestatee Wildlife Management Area. Additionally, Holly Creek in Murray County, Johns Creek in Floyd County, and the Tallulah River in Rabun County are all great trout streams to visit.

The daily limit is eight trout in general trout waters. Anglers are reminded to respect private property rights along waterways crossing private land and to obtain permission before fishing on private property.

Trout fishing and stocking information is readily available online. Anglers can even sign up to receive a weekly trout stocking email at georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Trout. Those who need more information on statewide fishing can check out the DNR blog report every Friday at georgiawildlife.blog/category/fishing.

Georgia anglers can support fisheries conservation and trout management in several ways:

Buy a fishing license: Purchasing a license allows Georgia WRD to continue to conduct important research, maintain and operate public fishing areas, and more. Purchase a Georgia license online at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com.

Buy a license plate: Purchasing a trout license plate supports Georgia trout conservation and management programs. These efforts are positively impacting trout production, stocking, and stream restoration throughout North Georgia. More information at georgiawildlife.com/licenseplates.

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