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Georgia Summer Trout Fishing  Opportunities

7/21/2005

Metro city dwellers and others if you are suffering from the heat and humidity of the summer, it is time to visit the cool banks of Georgiaís trout streams! State trout hatcheries still have plenty of catchable size fish available and while closely monitoring water temperatures and stream flows, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) continues stocking most trout streams through Labor Day.

Whether you are an expert or novice angler, young in years or just young at heart, the hot, humid days of July and August still can be enjoyable, says WRD Fisheries Biologist Lee Keefer. Georgia trout streams are cool and the fishing is great underneath the rhododendrons.

The fishing can be good, but the fish are often spooky because of low stream flows and shallow water. Anglers who dress in olive or camouflage clothing and who use a slow, stealthy approach to the stream bank will have more success. Success will also be higher during the early morning hours when stream temperatures are coolest.

Following are some recommended trout streams for the months of July and August:

Wildcat Creek This moderate-size Georgia trout stream is located north of Clarkesville and is stocked weekly from March through Labor Day. The stream is twenty feet or less in width with small pools, waterfalls and light to moderate rhododendron and mountain laurel cover. Families can take advantage of two National Forest Service campground areas, primitive camping opportunities and the chance to see a wide variety of wildlife. Sliding Rock, a natural water slide, offers a chance to cool off after a hard day of fishing. Directions: From Clarkesville, take Hwy. 197 North for approximately 16 miles to USFS Rd. 26-1 (The Wildcat Creek Fire Station will be on your left just before this turn), turn left on 26-1 and drive approximately one mile until you enter Lake Burton Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The creek is stocked from this point upstream to the second campground and is open to the public.

Chattahoochee River Anglers have access to the headwaters of one of Georgiaís most well known rivers at the Chattahoochee WMA. At this location, the riverís characteristics resemble those of a small mountain stream rather than that of a mighty river. Shady habitat and fast moving water keeps temperatures cool and create good opportunity to catch trout which are stocked weekly from March through Labor Day. At Horse Trough Falls, a National Forest Campground, river access is excellent and invites family visitation. Nearby, anglers also will find fishing opportunities on both Low Gap and Jasus Creeks which also receive weekly stockings of trout. Directions: From Cleveland take Highway 75 north approximately 8 miles to Robertstown. Turn left on Alternate 75, cross the bridge over the river then turn right on Popular Stump Road. Follow this until you pass through the WMA gate onto USFS Rd. 52. You will first cross Low Gap Creek then Jasus Creek before eventually ending up at Horse Trough Falls and the upper stretch of the river.

Dickís Creek Located within the boundaries of Chestatee WMA, Dickís Creek is similar in size and appearance to Wildcat Creek and receives weekly stockings March through Labor Day. Marking the entrance into the WMA, a waterfall spilling over granite rock creates a large pool where visitors can fish, sunbathe, wade or take photos. Upstream, dozens of access points are available and anglers will find numerous pools with light cover. Directions: From Cleveland follow Highway 129 North to Turners Corner, turn left onto State Route 9 and after approximately 1 mile turn right onto Forest Service Road 34-1A. On 34-1A you will pass a USFS camping area where access along the stream is excellent. Private land borders this section so be mindful of boundaries until you pass on to the WMA. Within the WMA primitive camping is available and a number of spots exist near the stream.

Moccasin Creek This is a unique, special use stream located at Lake Burton Fish Hatchery and Moccasin Creek State Park that allows kids eleven and under and Honorary License holders the opportunity to develop their skills. Stocked weekly, Moccasin is very family friendly and offers the advantage of developed campsites within the state park, coupled with public access to Lake Burton. The development of a trout fishery in the lake is gaining momentum with numerous trophy size browns (4 pounds and larger) being caught in and outside the restricted portion of the creek. An eleven and under kidís catfish pond also is located on the grounds and is open daily. Lake Burton Fish Hatchery is open for visitation and provides loaner poles to those wishing to try their luck in the stream or the pond. Directions: From Clarkesville, take Highway 197 north approximately 18 miles to Lake Burton Fish Hatchery. Moccasin Creek flows between the hatchery and the state park.

Take Me Fishing A recent national survey indicated that 87 percent of Americans believe fishing and boating have a positive effect on family relationships. So take your family fishing and you will always have something in common.

Download your free Georgia trout stream map from the WRD website, www.gofishgeorgia.com or call 770-535-5498 for trout fishing information.


 

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