Fishing in Georgia

Fishing Regulations E-Book

 Our Fishing Regulations contains rules, limits and other information. If you plan to fish in Georgia, start here!


Before You Go

Buy a License

Georgia law requires anglers age 16 and older to have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession while fishing in fresh or salt water in Georgia. Licenses may be purchased online, in person at participating locations, or by phone. Your purchase supports the conservation of Georgia's aquatic resources.

Georgia Fishing Blog: Weekly Fresh Reports

Each week, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division blog brings tips and news straight from our fisheries staff.

Trout Fishing

Trout fishing regulations, locations, stocking information and more.

Walleye Fishing

Information about the walleye stocking program, guides for fishing walleye and more.

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

This cooperative program between Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and WRD helps equip 25 state parks with fishing poles and stocked tackle boxes that visitors can borrow for free!


    Places to Fish

    New & Improved! Fishing Forecasts for Georgia's Lakes & Rivers

    Revised each year, these are some of the best fishing info from fisheries biologists and technicians about rivers and lakes in Georgia. Fish species, best time of year to fish, tackle suggestions and more.

    Public Fishing Areas

    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.

    Wildlife Management Areas

    Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed on WMAs according to statewide regulations.


    Angler Recognition Programs

    Georgia Bass Slam

    Reward program for anglers that catch 5 of 10 eligible black bass species in a calendar year.

    Angler Award Program

    This program rewards anglers that catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length for the specific species.

    State Record Freshwater Fish

    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

    Fish-n-Learn Programs

    Children, ages 8–15, and their supervisors are invited to a weekend of learning about fishing through our Fish-n-Learn Education Program.

    Fishing with Kids

    Tips for fishing with kids, suggested places to go and more.

    Kid's First Fish Award

    Remember your child's first fish with a fun printable certificate.


    More Information

    Commercial Fishing Regulations & Fish Baskets Guide

    Fish Identification

    Need to know what you have caught? Check out this helpful information about Georgia game fish and where they are found.

    Free Fishing Days

    Georgia residents don't need a fishing license on these 3 free fishing days each year.

    Tournaments: Reports & Live Release Permit Application

    Planning on hosting a fishing tournament or want to see tournament data?

    Fish Diseases & Parasites

    General Disease Resources & Information   

    Largemouth Bass Virus

    Whirling Disease