Public Fishing Areas in Georgia
The Rocky Mountain Recreation and Public Fishing Area is located near the Chattahoochee National Forest and offers 2 lakes totaling 559 acres. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, redear sunfish, crappie, and walleye. Heath Lake is open the 1st - 10th of each month and there is now a slot limit on largemouth bass. All largemouth bass 14" - 20" must be released immediately. There is still a creel limit of 5 fish, only one of which can be over 20".
Located on 1,351 acres, Paradise PFA boasts 68 lakes totaling about 525 acres. The area is intensively managed for all outdoor enthusiasts and allows anglers to enjoy their day of fishing from boat or land. Fish species include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, crappie and brown bullhead.
Special Note: Horseshoe Lake 3 will re-open to fishing on Oct. 9
Ocmulgee PFA offers a 106-acres lake that is intensively managed to provide the optimum environment for anglers. Whether you're fishing from the bank or from a boat, the lake provides an abundance of Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, White Crappie, and Redear Sunfish.
Located in Georgia's upper coastal plain, McDuffie Public Fishing Area offers anglers 7 ponds ranging in size from 5 to 37 acres. Visitors may fish for Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Redear Sunfish while enjoying the longleaf pines and sandy soils.
*Note: Rod Bender Lake will be open the 1st through the 15th of each month only.
One of Georgia's newest public fishing areas, Hugh M. Gillis boasts a 109-acre lake set among the coastal plains. The PFA offers anglers an abundance of Flier, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, and Redear Sunfish.
This PFA also offers opportunities for deer and turkey hunting. The camping area and trails are closed during hunts. Please check the Hunting Regulations for more information.
Located in Houston County, Flat Creek Public Fishing Area features 108-acre Lonice C. Barrett (named after former DNR Commissioner) and multiple spots for anglers to cast their lines. The lake is stocked with Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Crappie, Channel Catfish, and Largemouth Bass.The woody habitat throughout the lake, attracts many types of fish, especially throughout summertime.
Evans County Public Fishing Area is a 372-acre area that offers 3 different lakes for anglers to fish for Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, and Crappie. Lakes Longleaf, Wood and Bidd Sands attract more than 5,000 anglers each year with an additional almost 4,000 guests visiting the PFA. Bidd Sands Lake offers the best opportunities for anglers to get their hands on some bass in the upper end of the lake during the warmer months along with great hybrid bass. Lake Longleaf is best for Crappie halfway through November to March.
Big Lazer Creek Public Fishing Area is a 195-acre lake located on the 5,900-acre Big Lazer Creek Wildlife Management Area. The area is open to fishing year round, sunrise to sunset, and offers anglers excellent opportunities for Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Crappie, and Largemouth Bass.
Dodge County Public Fishing Area is located in Eastman, featuring a 104-acre lake. Known for its sizeable Largemouth Bass, it also offers anglers Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, and Channel Catfish. Dodge County PFA has great piers for anglers to use! Funded by timber harvest revenue, this pier provides prime feeding areas for catfish, crappie, bream, and bass within casting distance.