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Georgia Delayed Harvest Trout Streams

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Anglers fishing delayed harvest streams must release all trout immediately and use and possess only artificial lures with one single hook per lure from Nov. 1–May 14 annually. The use of additional “dropper” lures on one line is permitted as long as each lure contains one single hook. These restrictions do not apply from May 15–Oct. 31 of each year. The following streams are delayed harvest streams:

Amicalola Creek from County Road 192 (Steele Bridge Road) downstream to GA Hwy 53.

Chattahoochee River from Sope Creek (off Columns Drive) downstream to US Hwy 41 (Cobb Parkway).

Chattooga River from GA Hwy 28 bridge upstream to the mouth of Reed Creek.

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Smith Creek on Unicoi State Park from Unicoi Dam downstream to the Unicoi State Park property boundary.

Toccoa River on U.S. Forest Service land from 0.4 miles above the Shallowford Bridge upstream to a point 450 feet upstream of the Sandy Bottom Canoe Access.

Visit www.gofishgeorgia.com to see maps of Delayed Harvest Streams and learn more about this program.

 

Artificial Lures Only

In streams listed here only artificial lures may be used. It is unlawful to possess any other type bait on an “artificial lures only” stream.

Chattahoochee River from GA Hwy 20 to the boat ramp at the National Park Service Medlock Bridge Park immediately upstream of GA Hwy 141.

Coleman River and its tributaries from its junction with the Tallulah River upstream to Forest Service Bridge No. 54.

Conasauga River and its tributaries (except Jacks River watershed) upstream of the Georgia-Tennessee state line are restricted to using only artificial lures from Nov. 1 through the last Saturday in March of each year.

Hoods Creek and its tributaries on the Warwoman WMA.

Jones Creek and its tributaries on US Forest Service property.

Mountaintown Creek and its tributaries upstream of Mountaintown Creek Watershed Structure No. 2 (Hills Lake).

Noontootla Creek and its tributaries on Blue Ridge WMA. Note: All trout less than 16 inches in length caught from this section of Noontootla Creek must be released immediately.

Stanley Creek and its tributaries on the Rich Mountain WMA.

Walnut Fork Creek and its tributaries on the Warwoman WMA.