Big Fish Opportunities on Public Waters

Jeff Durniak, GA WRD Northeast Region Fisheries Supervisor

WHERE (Increasing order of difficulty)
Delayed Harvest (DH) Waters – Smith Creek, Amicalola Creek, Chattooga River, Hooch in Atlanta
Nov, Dec
Big and ugly flies (ex: woolly bugger, peach egg), and lures (Crème, Bobblehead worms); fish them along the bottom in deep pools! Add a dropper.
DH Waters
Apr, May
Big and ugly deep; match hatch on top; #10 yellow stimulator at dark
Public access waters adjacent to stream sections with supplemental feeding (ex: fee fishing): Soque, Hooch, Dicks, Hiwassee, Nottely, Toccoa, Noontootla.
Reasons to leave (voluntary/involuntary)1) After floods
2) During droughts
3) Spawning

Think big bait, lures, or flies for big trout. Be legal – baits, access (must have written permission for private lands)
Lake Lanier Tailwater (Hwy 20- Holcomb Bridge)
Nov, Feb-Apr
Trophy hunt: think big baits fished deep (nightcrawlers, Yozuri pin minnow, big streamers. Contact local guide services
Blue Ridge Tailwater
See Lanier tailwater. This has a developing quality brown trout fishery.
Dukes and Waters creeks

1) High and Muddy (they can’t be too muddy)

2) LowandClear

1) Big and ugly- #10 pink San Juan, #6- #10 buggers, white zonkers; all with a ton of lead a foot above the fly

2) Long & light leaders with tiny flies: #16 soft hackles, #18 pheasant tails, #20 WD-40

Chattooga River – BB falls to NC line
Nov, Mar-May
Big baits (crayfish), lures (Rapala) and flies (buggers, stoneflies, muddlers) fished in heavy cover in slow water at dawn and dusk
Lower Jones, Noontootla
See Dukes and Waters
Big (14 inch plus) resident browns, migrants from downstream waters
Lake Burton (June 2008 GON article)
1) November 2) Aug, Sept

1) Big flies fished in deep pools of tributaries 2) Troll lures or drift bluebacks 40 feet deep near dam

Jan 19: 32nd Annual Rabun Rendezvous!

It’s time to Rendezvous!  Yee haa!!!!
Saturday, January 19 at the Dillard House Conference Center, in beautiful Dillard, GA. Based on feedback from previous years, this year we have made a couple of changes to the Rendezvous, such as starting at a slightly earlier time and eliminating the guest speaker, in order to conclude the Rendezvous in time for folks to make the drive home.
More details here!
And here!
Check here for a list of items on the auction and raffle tables.



Calling All Trout Campers! Time To Apply

Trout Camp 2019 is set for June 2-7, at Tallulah Falls School, Clayton, GA! Applications due March 15.

Read more here.


2019 Dream Trip Raffle

The opportunity to fish with John McGarity, stay in his fabulous log cabin conveniently located between the Madison River, Yellowstone National Park and the Henry’s Fork puts you smack dab in the middle of some of the most famous trout waters in North America. Details here.