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Apr 23 2008

Let’s Go Fishing!!

by Amanda L

Spring is here and if you like to fish, the lakes are
calling! I used to fish for crappie or pan fish until one fatal day, I caught a bass on a worm. The fight seemed enormous after just a little bitty crappie fish. Now it is bass fishing or bust!

New to fishing?

Do you know the difference between a bait or spinner reel?
What about top water lures, plastic worms or spinner baits? The library
has several books on freshwater fishing, fly rod fishing and other
fishing topics. Fishing Fundamentals by In-Fisherman is a wonderful DVD that the library owns that is great for beginners or those of us who are looking for a new bait to fish with.

Now that we know the basics of fishing, what do we need to fish in Georgia?

Of  course you’ll need the gear, fishing pole, bait, a pair of pliers, etc.
To fish on public waters in Georgia, you also need to have a fishing
license. To obtain a license, check out the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources website
If it is your first time and you want to try it out, I highly
recommend fishing on one of the Free Fishing Days.  This year they
will be held on  June 6, 2009; June 13, 2009 and September 26, 2009. On
these three dates you can fish any public fishing water without a

Where are some public fishing areas?

There are some great places to fish in the greater Atlanta
area.  The closest Public Fishing Area is  Marbin Farms located in
Jasper and Newton counties east of DeKalb.  There are the big lakes
like Atloona, Lanier, Sinclair, and Oconee, and of course Stone
Mountain has fishing areas. Several of the state parks have fishing
areas. Two of the closest are Sweetwater Creek and Hard Labor Creek.
Many of the surrounding counties have reservoirs that allow fishing. If
you are not a resident of the county, most counties set a nominal fee
usually per boat or car. Some reservoirs in the area are Lake Varner
(Newton County), Henry county has several , and Randy Poynter/Black Shoals Lake (Rockdale County).

Looking for more places or fishing reports? Try these two online sources: Best Fishing in Georgia and Georgia Outdoor News . Have a favorite fishing hole? Please share with us.  Hope to see you on the lakes!!

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