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

Rabun Rendezvous Advance Tickets!

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Our Annual Celebration of Rivers, Streams, Trout, and Trout Fishing Returns!

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Doors open at 3:00 pm.  Around 4:30 pm folks will start gathering to “pick the pig” and enjoy more snacks, the rocking chairs on the porch, or the nice fire inside to warm your buns. The Foxfire Boys will again provide their ‘down home’ style of bluegrass picking and singing. Raffle and silent auction items! DINNER:  Fish, chicken, beef, and pork with all the side dishes and desserts that have made the Dillard House famous will be served at 6:30 pm.  It is a serve yourself buffet and you will not leave hungry!



2023 Dream Trip Tickets Now On Sale

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• 5 days hosted fishing / 6 nights lodging in Idaho July 23-28

• $500 total in travel expenses

• Each winner receives a float trip on the Madison River, plus choice of Winston AIR 3 wt. – 6 wt. or BILL-x 4 wt. – 8 wt. fly rod. Fly reel with Scientific Anglers or Winston Energy Fly Line and a fly box and flies for the trip.


Call to Action! Attention All Rabunites!

If you are out fishing and see a stream conservation need (erosion control, bank restoration, trout structure maintenance, etc), contact the Georgia Council. Details here.



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Special Award to Terry Rivers

During the Fall Chapter Campout, Vice Prez Tammy presented Terry Rivers with a special award in recognition for all his hard work in coordinating the Chapter Campouts, including setting up and taking down the shelters and planning the meals. Tammy presents a Thank You card signed by all the campers and a $20 gift certificate for Burger King. Terry can use the certificate at his daily morning old men coffee klatches at Burger King! Thank you, Terry!


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