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The Start of Spring Means Trout Stocking in Georgia

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The last week of March means trout in the state of Georgia.

Early spring is when trout raised in Georgia hatcheries get stocked in state waters.

“All trout waters in Georgia are now open to fishing year round, and to sweeten that news, stocking efforts are ready to begin to make your trip even more rewarding,” says John Lee Thomson, trout stocking coordinator for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). “One of the best opportunities for fishing success will be this spring when stream flows are high and the water is cool.”

The WRD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to stock more than 80,000 of the trout during this last week in March. The agencies plan to stock more that a million trout by the end of the year. That means trout will be plentiful for anglers in the state.

Some popular stocked streams, according to the WRD, include Cooper Creek in Union County, Wildcat Creek in Rabun County, Dicks Creek in Lumpkin County and Johns Creek in Floyd County.

A daily limit of eight trout has been set in Georgia. Anglers need an up-to-date state fishing license and trout license. In addition, certain Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) require either a wildlife management area license or Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP) in order for anglers to fish the waters.

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