Georgia Fishing

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Number of Fish Species (freshwater):  284

Number of Fish Species (saltwater): no data

State Sportfish:  Largemouth Bass

Notable Records:  a 22lb 4oz. largemouth bass from Montgomery Lake, a 2lb 12oz. redear sunfish from Conyers, a 38lb 14oz. tripletail from the Hampton River, a 6lb 8oz. white grunt from North Brunswick

Fishing Regs:  Download your freshwater and saltwater fishing regulations guidebook here (Georgia Fishing Regulations).  Look for the freshwater regs on page 15 & the saltwater regs on page 46.

Fishing License Info:  

  Fresh & Salt  
  Residents Non-Residents
Annual $9.00 $45.00
Trout $5.00 $20.00

Quickcast:  With 284 freshwater fish species lurking throughout 16,000 miles of streams and rivers you better believe that Georgia has something to offer!  In most lakes and ponds throughout the state fishermen can expect to find bream, channel cats, bass and panfish.  If its trout you’re after then you’re in luck because Georgia makes a lot of effort to stock its rivers and streams.  Rainbows, browns, and brook trout are stocked March through August.   Offshore anglers can count on seeing black sea bass, southern flounder, sheepshead, tripletail, pompano and the occasional tarpon.  Its not uncommon though to get hooked up with  blackfin tuna, cobia, barracuda, amberjack and even wahoo.  The areas offshore with bottom structure are sure to yield gag grouper, red snappers, gray triggers and the occasional scamp.