Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Beginning on November 1, anglers should head to north Georgia for fishing in one of the five delayed harvest trout streams, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
“Trout streams are designated as seasonal, year-round or delayed harvest, with different streams offering varying populations of rainbow, brown and brook trout,” said John Lee Thomson, Wildlife Resources Division trout stocking coordinator. “The delayed harvest streams, which have special regulations from November 1-May 14, are regularly stocked from Wildlife Resources Division and from our partners in conservation U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Trout are catch and release, which makes for high-catch rates and angler satisfaction.”
The five trout streams managed under delayed harvest regulations are:
“Remember, during delayed harvest, these streams are catch and release only and are restricted to artificial lures with one single hook,” Thomson adds. “When May 15rolls around, the general regulations to designated trout water apply.”
In addition to the excellent fall fishing opportunities that these delayed harvest streams provide, other Georgia streams offer ample year-round trout fishing. These streams are:
Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license and a trout license to fish in designated trout waters. Where can you get a license? Buy it online or find a list of retail license vendors at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes  or buy it by phone at 1.800.366.2661.
By purchasing a license as well as fishing equipment and related items, you and your fellow anglers have helped fund sport fish restoration programs for years, thanks to the Sport Fish Restoration Act. This Act allows funds accumulated from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and related items to be directed to activities that benefit recreational anglers. A portion of these funds is provided to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources based on several factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses. Sport Fish funds make the following activities possible: managing sport fish populations, raising freshwater fish in hatcheries and stocking them in public waters, maintaining and operating public fishing areas and building boats and fishing piers, and much more!
For free Georgia trout stream maps, trout fishing tips and other trout fishing information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Trout  .