Trout Anglers: What Can You Expect in 2020?

Gainesville, GA

In 2020, trout anglers can look forward to approximately 750,000 fish hitting the water thanks to the long-standing partnership of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resource Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Despite the large project of undergoing a full renovation of the Lake Burton Trout Hatchery, which means we are without all of the trout-rearing raceways at that location, the trout distribution schedule will remain unchanged and, in fact, already has begun,” said WRD Trout Stocking Coordinator John Lee Thomson.

Some trout stockings have already occurred, but regular trout stocking will begin the last week of March. Some popular waterbodies that receive regular trout stockings include Cooper Creek in Union County, Little Amicalola Creek at Amicalola State Park, Holly Creek in Murray County, and Johns Creek in Floyd County and the Tallulah River in Rabun County.

“All streams will be stocked the same number of times as in the past, although with slightly fewer fish, due to the renovation,” explained Thomson. “We are hopeful that a proportionate reduction in the number of trout stocked across 100 plus waterbodies in north Georgia will minimize the impacts to anglers, and we are sure there will be many successful trout fishing trips in 2020.”

The daily limit is eight trout on general regulation trout waters. Anglers are reminded to respect private property rights along streams flowing through private lands, and to obtain permission before fishing on private property.

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How to Support Trout Management In Georgia

Georgia anglers can support fisheries conservation and trout management several ways:

  • Buy a License: Did you know that your license purchase allows the Georgia WRD to continue to do important research, maintain and operate public fishing areas and more? Purchase a Georgia license online at
  • Buy a License Plate: Purchasing a Trout license plate supports Georgia’s trout conservation and management programs. These efforts positively impact trout production, stocking and stream restoration throughout north Georgia. Find out more at

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