Welcome to the BEST site for tips on fishing in North Georgia!
North Georgia Fishing offers something for novices and old pros. The flowing rivers, streams and lakes house rainbow and brown trout; smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass; giant stripers and white bass; bluegill, crappie and shellcracker, sauger, walleye, and, of course, catfish are all abundant in the area. Georgia has everything you need for a great fishing vacation.
The Daily ParkPass is valid at all state parks visited the same day, and overnight guests pay only one fee for the duration of their stay. The fee was changed to $5.00 a day on May 20th.
How long are Georgia licenses valid? How has the “license year” changed?
As of mid-February 2004, all recreational hunting and fishing licenses will be good for one full year (12 months) from the day that they are purchased rather than expiring on March 31 of each year. Until now, hunting and fishing licenses expired at the end of the traditional “license year” (March 31) no matter when they were purchased. Commercial licenses (commercial fishing, Wild Animal dealer, wholesale or retail fish dealer, etc) will continue to expire on March 31 of each year however. Since there is no longer a “license year” for recreational licenses, license buyers will now get more value – not to mention more opportunities to hunt and fish – for their annual license purchase price. For more information on license changes – call (800) 366-2661.
Who needs a fishing license?
Anyone age 16 and older must have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession while fishing in freshwater or saltwater in Georgia. Conservation Rangers may require identification when checking fishing licenses.
- a fishing license is not required to fish in private ponds (this does not include ponds owned by governments – county, state, or federal).
- a fishing license is not required by a landowner and their immediate family when fishing on their land.
- Proof of residence, such as a Georgia driver’s license, is required when purchasing a fishing license.
- Resident anglers, 16 – 64 years of age are required to have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession while fishing in freshwater and saltwater in Georgia.
- Residents 65 years of age or older may fish with the Senior (65+) Lifetime License. This license can be obtained at no cost from license dealers by furnishing proof of age (Georgia driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.).
- Residents that are permanently and totally disabled may obtain a Disability Honorary Combination Hunting & Fishing License by applying to the License Unit. Proof of disability must accompany the application. Proof of disability may come from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement System, or another government agency.
- Those that are blind can apply for a Lifetime Honorary Fishing License and must provide a Physician’s certification of blindness with the application.
Note: Georgia DNR has Agreements with Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina that allow holders of Georgia fishing licenses to fish in the waters covered without obtaining a fishing license from the bordering state. See Agreements With Bordering States.
- Nonresidents under 16 years of age do not require a fishing or trout license.
- Nonresidents 16 years or older, regardless of physical condition, must have a current nonresident Georgia fishing license to fish in Georgia, except in private ponds.
- Florida residents 65 years of age or older – see Agreements With Bordering States.
- College students (US citizens) enrolled full-time who are residing Georgia may purchase a resident fishing license. A current student I.D. must be shown when purchasing a resident fishing license.
- Military persons on active status stationed at a military base in Georgia and their immediate family members may purchase a resident fishing license. This includes full-time military personnel on active duty who list Georgia as their home of record in their official military file (with documented proof). A current military I.D. and verifiable proof of being stationed at a Georgia military installation must be shown when purchasing a resident fishing license.
- Any violation of Georgia fishing laws or regulations can cause revocation of license.