In addition to the current 490 acres of water open to fishing, Paradise Public Fishing Area (Berrien County) will RE-open the 17-acre Horseshoe 3 lake at sunrise on October 9, 2017 according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Horseshoe 3 has been closed for renovation and re-stocking since the summer of 2015. During that time, the lake was drained and major repairs made to the leaking structure. Once repairs were complete, the lake was re-stocked with bass and bream, and such forage fish as threadfin shad and other species.
Division personnel overseeing the lake have determined that the bass population is healthy with a high percentage of the fish weighing 1-3 pounds. Anglers also have the potential to catch good numbers of bream on Horseshoe 3. Future management plans focus on maintaining abundant forage-sized fish in order to enhance bass growth rates and provide a quality bream fishery.
Paradise PFA is located east of Tifton on 1,250 acres of gently rolling acres. This area, with 60 lakes totaling 525 acres, boasts excellent boat and bank fishing for bass, sunfish, crappie and channel catfish. The area is heavily forested with pine plantations and small communities of longleaf pine/wiregrass, which enhance the beauty of the area. A variety of waterfowl and birds of prey are frequently seen, including Canada geese, mallard, wood duck, red-tailed hawk and the majestic bald eagle.
Facilities available include restrooms, a picnic area, tent camping, nature trail, fishing pier, fish cleaning station and concrete boat ramps. There also is group camping opportunity for organized groups of 20-60.
Anglers utilizing the area will be required to meet all license requirements for the Public Fishing Area and all current regulations apply.
Directions from Tifton: East of Tifton on U.S. Highway 82 for 8 miles to Whitley Road in Brookfield. Follow signs from U.S. Highway 82 to the Public Fishing Area.
For more information on Paradise Public Fishing Area, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/paradise-pfa or call 229.533.4792 or 912-285-6094.