North Georgia

(Info provided by fisheries biologist Jeff Durniak and region fisheries staff)

Shoal bass caught in the Chattahoochee on Aug. 3, 2015

Shoal bass caught in the Chattahoochee on Aug. 3, 2015

No, we did not have another record fish caught this past week.  Rather, the weather report and fishing predictions will again sound very familiar.  Bear with us as we endure the second half of our summer dog days.  There are still some great locales to wet a line at the right time of day and have a blast, so peek at this light summer menu and pick an appealing entrée for Saturday.  Don’t miss Patrick’s blog on reservoir profiles.  He’ll put you on more fish this summer!

JAWS! – In case some of you haven’t seen the whopper Hooch brown trout video yet, here it is.

Who among you has seven-inch Yozuris in “rainbow trout” attire and six-inch articulated streamers that have a striking resemblance to baby brown trout?

Lanier Reports – 

Anniversary trip video:

6-pound walleye caught from Carters Lake in Aug. 2015.

6-pound walleye caught from Carters Lake in Aug. 2015.

Carters Walleye -“Fishing guide Louie Bartenfield holds a nice 6 pound walleye boated this morning at Carters Lake by angler Bobby Steiner (left).  They were fishing for spotted bass when the big fish unexpectedly hit a drop-shot plastic worm in 35 feet of water.  Bobby is from St. Charles, Illinois and said it was the biggest walleye he’d ever seen.  Congratulations on a fine Georgia walleye catch!  For those interested in other Peach State walleye fishing opportunities, click here” – Jim Hakala, Fisheries Biologist

Mountain Lakes (Big Brown)

“Profiling” Predator Whereabouts See the forthcoming reservoir profiles, courtesy of Gainesville Fisheries Tech Chris Looney,  and locate the best temperature/oxygen combo for your species of interest.  Biologist Patrick O’Rouke explains our staff’s reservoir profiling efforts here in a new entry on WRD’s fishing blog:

It looks like Clay and other savvy Lanier visitors are using those data to their advantage!  The strong 2013 year class of stripers is putting a lot of smiles on angler faces.

Stocker Best Bets – WRD stocking coordinator John Lee Thomson steers you toward these weekend waters: Blue Ridge and Hooch tailwaters, Rock, Cooper, Dicks, Wildcat, and Tallulah. Fish the mornings when the streams are cool and shaded.

Tallulah Success! – It sounds like somebody’s been listening to ole John Lee’s advice.

Blueline Jewels – Dredger points forlorn fly flingers, longing for some rises, toward these waters: Overflow, Holcomb, Moccasin, High Shoals, Coleman, Charlies, Corbin, Hooch headwaters, Helton, Noontootla, Logan, Spoilcane, Stanley, and Ridley.  Camo, gardening kneepads, sunglasses, stealth, drinking water, bug spray, 7-foot rods, 6-foot leaders, and #16 tan caddis or parachute adams are good ideas.  As is a hiking buddy for safety and an audience to brag to. More great tips, including my personal favorite (#10) are here. Enjoy your second chances at memories.

NOTE: Dukes Creek at Smithgall Woods is closed to anglers until stream temperatures cool and the fish can be safely caught and released again.

Beat the Heat



Good luck as we all await the departure of these ninety degree days.