Big Fish Opportunities on Public Waters

Jeff Durniak, GA WRD Northeast Region Fisheries Supervisor

WHERE (Increasing order of difficulty)
WHEN
HOW
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
Year-round
See Lanier tailwater. This has a developing quality brown trout fishery.
Dukes and Waters creeks www.gon.com/article.php?id=635&cid=124

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

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New Kiosks at Burrell’s Ford

The Rabun Chapter recently donated funds to help pay for a new kiosk to be located at the Burrells Ford Bridge, near the trailhead to Ellicotts Rock. The kiosk will encourage visitors to practice “Leave No Trace” outdoor recreation. Read more here.