Understanding Regulations and Requirements

Seasons

There is no closed season for fishing in streams, reservoirs, lakes and ponds in Georgia except for the following:

  • Trout: March 30, 2013 - October 31, 2013.  Seasonal trout streams are OPEN to fishing from the last Saturday in March through October 31each year. Seasonal trout streams are CLOSED to fishing for all fish species at all other times. Seasonal and year-round trout stream information
  • The Flint River and its tributaries from the Georgia Power Company dams at Albany to the U.S. Highway 84 bridge; the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries from the Columbia Lock & Dam to the Georgia Highway 91 bridge; and Spring Creek and its tributaries downstream to Georgia Highway 253 are CLOSED to striped bass fishing and spear fishing from May 1 - October 31.
  • NOTE: A regulation change related to striped bass, white bass and hybrid striped-white bass and the Savannah River takes effect on October 1, 2005.  The season in this area will be OPEN at that time with harvest restrictions. 
  • Lakes Seminole and Blackshear: all fishing, including spear fishing, for any species in the marked areas around five fish refuges in Lake Seminole and in three fish refuges in Lake Blackshear is prohibited from May 1 - October 31.
  • The season for taking lake sturgeon from the Coosa River and its tributaries is CLOSED. Click here for more information on this closure and how to identify this fish. 
  • Noodling or Grabbling:  The season is open March 1-July 15 statewide in freshwater.





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