This time of year, if the Georgia trout staff isn’t stocking rivers, they’re “grading” trout. Grading fish is when they’re placed in a machine that sorts them into small, medium, and large to make sure all fish in one raceway are about the same size. While all fish in a single raceway are the same age, they grow at different rates allowing more dominant fish grow larger leaving the smaller ones behind. Grading fish allows us to determine a more accurate inventory and helps the fish grow better.
Jeff Durniak, fisheries biologist with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division, warns Anglers do take note! Six inches or more of rain this week have created high, unsafe river flows for most wading anglers in north Georgia. Check USGS stream gauges and call your favorite local tackle shops to learn when our larger streams return to fishable levels over the Thanksgiving holidays. Remember that smaller streams, like Smith Creek, have smaller watersheds, and will recede faster. Small lakes (like Tralyta) and larger reservoirs are another good bet for anglers while rivers are raging.