Info Provided by: Jeff Durniak, GA DNR North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor and North Georgia Region Fisheries staff
Enjoy the Labor Day weekend on a north Georgia lake or stream of your choice. Although the weather will be warm, there are still some great fishing opportunities available, especially if you avoid the midday heat. Here are some best bets for your consideration.
River bass and bream – The rivers are low and clear and the fish are looking up, so don’t miss these great chances! We had a good two-hour wade trip on the Hooch above Lanier after work on Monday. Small shoal bass and redbreast sunfish were very cooperative on surface poppers and dredged soft plastics as dusk approached. It looks like some big fish are also hungry, based on these pics and video.
Try the Chestatee, Hooch, Etowah, or the Chattooga before the next big rain. Hints: 1) Duncan to Mossy, 2) Mossy to Belton.
Trout tailwaters (Hooch and Blue Ridge) should fish well. Blue Ridge Dam repairs have been completed. Check reservoir release schedules before getting into the rivers. GON Forum Report 1, North Georgia Trout Online Forum Report
Lake Burton brown trout should be packed into the lower thermocline. Try the area from Billy Goat Island down to the dam.
These stocked trout streams should fish well, especially before the sun gets high and water temperatures soar. Camo, light lines, and small hooks are in order. This is the last week of catchable trout stocking for north Geogia “put-and-take” trout waters, as our hatcheries now need the raceway space to grow their supplies of four-inch fingerlings to catchable size for next year’s trout season. Stocker best bets are: Hooch (tailwater and WMA), Johns, Holly, Little Cedar, Soapstone, Holcomb, Dicks, Rock, Cooper, Wildcat, and Tallulah.
For the adventurous, a longer trip can really pay off. Enjoy the pics of a recent trek to somewhere far “west of Summerville,” where the sights were grand and the hopper/dropper bite was decent. Don’t forget your three bucks – – – and a fishing buddy who runs slower than you when casting to cutts in the home of the griz.
Good luck. Enjoy the three-day weekend “laboring” with a rod in your hand and sunscreen on your cheeks.