As if needing a reason to fish was necessary, anglers in Dodge and surrounding counties do have a new reason to visit Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA) - a recently completed fishing pier.
This new pier, funded by timber harvest revenue, is located within casting distance of prime feeding areas of catfish, crappie, bream and bass and is sure to be a great addition to this popular PFA.
Dodge County PFA is located on 444 acres and has a 104-acre lake. The area features mixed pine/hardwood stands, longleaf pine/wiregrass communities, planted pines and a mature hardwood bottom. The lake is characterized by coves, points, shallow creek channels, a small island and standing timber and submerged structures to attract fish. The peaceful surroundings prove an excellent setting for fishing and enjoying the outdoors with family or on your own.
In addition to the new pier, facilities available at Dodge County PFA include concrete boat ramps, primitive camping, restrooms, picnic tables, nature trail, archery range and most facilities on the property are accessible to persons with disabilities. The PFA is open Wednesday through Sunday, sunrise to sunset. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division manages PFAs in the state.
If fishing on a PFA, you need to have a fishing license. Annual license holders also will need a WMA license or a Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP). The following licenses meet both fishing and PFA access: a 3-day Hunt/Fish Combo license, GORP Plus, Sportsman’s license, Honorary license and Lifetime license. Where can you get these? Buy it online or find a list of retail license vendors at www.georgiawildlife.com/recreational-licenses or buy it by phone at 1.800.366.2661.
Timber harvest on state-owned lands is conducted based on wildlife habitat needs. DNR foresters work with game management biologists, nongame biologists, and cultural resources staff members to ensure that the activities conducted will meet the overall goal of creating an area that provides the most benefit to the wildlife species that inhabit that tract. The money generated from a timber harvest is reinvested into the management of state-owned lands. Examples of how funding can be used include a pier for public use, the reforestation of harvested areas, the purchase of seed for dove fields or the purchase of equipment needed to manage a PFA or WMA.
To get to Dodge County PFA (from Eastman), go south on US Hwy. 23/341 for three miles. Turn left on County Road 49/Dodge Lake Road and go 0.6 miles to the lake.