Press Release

Beat the Heat with Friday Night Fishing

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/20/2012)
Two PFAs to Extend Hours in August
 
Beat the heat this August and fish all night! Two Public Fishing Areas are offering special all-night fishing hours on select dates.
 
Public Fishing Areas (PFAs), managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, are typically open sunrise to sunset. On these special Fridays, you can fish from sunrise Friday through sunset Saturday.
 
Friday, August 3:             
Marben PFA (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center)
Jasper/Newton counties
Margery and Bennett Lakes only
 
Friday, August 10:           
Dodge County PFA
 
Friday, August 17:           
Marben PFA (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center)
Jasper/Newton counties
Margery and Bennett Lakes only
 
Friday, August 24:           
Dodge County PFA
 
The selected lakes will be open to boats properly equipped with navigation lights, and bank fishing will be allowed in designated areas. Docks and other facilities will be lit, but anglers are encouraged to bring lanterns and other night fishing equipment for their personal use. The areas will be staffed to encourage a family-friendly experience.
 
For more information about Marben PFA, visit http://www.georgiawildlife.com/PFA/CharlieElliott
 
For more information about Dodge County PFA, visit http://www.georgiawildlife.com/PFA/Dodge
 
Anglers 16 years of age and older must have a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) license and a fishing license to fish on these PFAs. If you have a Sportsman's license, 3-Day Hunting/Fishing License, Senior Lifetime license or Honorary license, you are exempt from this requirement. Non-anglers, ages 16-64, must have a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass or one of the listed licenses. You can purchase licenses online at www.georgiawildlife.com
 
Public Fishing Areas are funded through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs (WSFR), which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.  Through an excise tax on hunting and fishing equipment, the program generates funds for management of public waters, production of sport fish for stocking public waters, management of Public Fishing Areas, aquatic education programs, development and maintenance of boating access facilities and more. Funds are allocated to states based on several factors including the number of paid sporting licenses. Georgia’s sport fish funds are approximately $6 million annually.
 
To learn more about fishing in Georgia, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com.
 
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