Fishing: The Basics
Before you go, review the daily quantity and length limits for the area you are fishing.
Need to know what you have caught? Check out this helpful information about Georgia game fish and where they are found.
There are different ways to hook a fish, check out this page for more information.
Not keeping the fish you catch? No problem. This information will tell you how to best ensure the fish survives upon release.
Children, ages 8–15, and their supervisors are invited to a weekend of learning about fishing through our Fish-n-Learn Education Program.
Each year, fish from Georgia water bodies are tested for contaminants to determine if any consumption recommendations are needed. This info provides a list of water bodies and whether or not consumption of fish found there should be reduced or monitored.
Fish Diseases & Parasites
General Disease Resources & Information
- Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC) disease publications
- Common Freshwater Fish Parasites Pictorial Guide: Crustaceans (University of Florida Extension)
Largemouth Bass Virus
- Information on Whirling Disease (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)
Places to Fish
Each week, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division blog brings tips and news straight from our fisheries staff.
Revised each year, these are some of the best fishing info from fisheries biologists and technicians about rivers and reservoirs in Georgia. Fish species, best time of year to fish, tackle suggestions and more.
Trout fishing regulations, locations, stocking information and more.
Georgia PFAs are managed for fishing. At them, you can fish from the bank or a boat, picnic, hike, watch wildlife, and enjoy the outdoors. Good bank fishing opportunities are available at all PFAs and many of them have special kids fishing areas for young anglers.
Visiting a WMA and want to fish? What you need to know.
This cooperative program between Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and WRD helps equip 25 State Park with fishing poles and stocked tackle boxes that visitors can borrow for free!
Angler Recognition Programs
Reward program for anglers that catch 5 of 10 eligible black bass species in a calendar year.
This program rewards anglers that catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length for the specific species.
Catching a state record fish is an angler's dream—check out current state records and find out what to do if you catch one.
Fishing With Kids
Remember your child's first fish with a fun printable certificate.
Tips for fishing with kids, suggested places to go and more.
Georgia residents don't need a fishing license on these 3 free fishing days each year.
Planning on hosting a fishing tournament or want to see tournament data?