fisheries

Kids' Fishing Events

Fishing together with your child and family can build some powerful memories, so make this a summer to remember!  Don’t know how to fish?  No problem.  There are plenty of on-site volunteers providing assistance at the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer. These events take place in locations where kids are likely to catch fish and are surrounded by people with like-minded interests, which help reinforce the positive experience.

Angler Award Program

The Georgia Angler Award

Catching a big fish is always a thrill, and usually requires exceptional fishing skill. Each year WRD recognizes the achievement of anglers that catch "trophy" fish (by weight or length) by presenting the angler with an Angler Award. The fish does not have to be a new state record to qualify.

Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction to the Coosa River Basin

What is a Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)?

Sturgeon are an ancient fish that date back to the age of the dinosaurs.  They are a cartilaginous (nearly boneless) fish with a sucker-like mouth, shark-like tail, sensitive barbels (whiskers) under the snout, and bony scutes (plates) along the sides and top of its body.  They are opportunistic feeders, meaning they feed on almost anything they can find, with a diet consisting primarily of invertebrates, insect larvae, crayfish, worms and mollusks.  Size, weight and lifespan vary from species to species.