Georgia's delayed harvest trout streams open Nov. 1

When you think of north Georgia’s mountains, cooler temperatures, leaf color changes and trout streams come to mind.

The state’s five delayed harvest trout streams open Nov. 1. The streams are the Toccoa River on U.S. Forest Service Land upstream of Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County, Amicalola Creek on the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area, Smith Creek downstream of Unicoi Lake (Unicoi State Park), the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta (Sope Creek downstream of Johnson Ferry Road to the Highway 41 bridge) and a portion of the Chattooga River on U.S. Forest Service Land bordering South Carolina.

The streams are all catch and release only and are restricted to one artificial lures with one hook. Anglers must possess a valid state fishing license and trout stamp.

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Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 – William Hawkins, of Raysville, caught 15 nice crappies on one trip and 14 on another. He used minnows. Johnny and Lucille Holmes caught 20 crappies, three catfish and two bass in the Germany Creek area on minnow. Newt Parker, of South Carolina, and Cliff Crowe, of Raysville, caught 40 white perch, three bream and three catfish (largest 8¾ pounds) on minnows and worms. Don Ginder, of Raysville, caught five catfish (largest 10 pounds) on chicken liver. Danny Johnson, of Thomson, caught 40 white perch, two bream and two catfish on worms and fished in Little River.

Capt. David Willard, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, fulltime professional guide specializing in hybrids, striped bass and trophy largemouth bass. Boat phone: (706) 214-0236. (803) 637-6379 ( – Water temperature is in the mid 70s, thee lake is clear and continuing to drop. Fishing is sporadic right now. One day, there are fish everywhere breaking the surface and also beneath the waves 24 to 30 feet. Next day, I’d ride for hours without marking one. I think we need some cold weather. Robert Gibson brought his dad, 89-year-old “Mr. Pete.” He had a great time catching his first striper, catching the first, the biggest and was tied for the most. He plans to come back next April when he will be 90. He has a lot of great stories and quite a sense of humor, as everyone who knows him can testify. I think it’s great that he’s taking up striper fishing at this time of his life.

William Sasser’s Guide Service, (Capt. William Sasser, Capt. Mark Crawford, Capt. Bradd Sasser, Capt. Andrew Tubbs, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, full time professional guides specializing in crappies, hybrids and striped bass). (706) 589-5468 (William), (706) 373-8347 (Mark), (Bradd) (706) 267-4313, (Andrew) (803) 507-5083 – With the transition of the lake turning over and the climate change last week, fishing has been tough. Hybrids and stripers have started to make their runs from the lower end of the lake toward the upper ends. A few downline fish were caught in 40 to 50 feet of water off points at the mouths of creeks and some nicer stripers were caught on herring fished beneath planer boards in the back parts of creeks. The best bite has been from 8 a.m., to 10:30 Schooling fish have all but shut down, with the only surface activity being gar chasing bait schools to the surface.

Fishing should really turn on over the next week or so when stripers settle in to their fall and winter patterns. Pulling planer boards in 25 feet of water or less around the Dordon, Shriver and Bennefield creek areas ought to net some good fish.

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Clarks Hill Herring Hut, (Capt. Bradd Sasser) (864) 333-2000 – Cooler weather has turned on the panfish down on the river, with nice crappie, bream, shellcracker and an occasional yellow perch being caught between the dam and Bettys Branch. Crappie and perch are being caught on small shiners or toughie minnows and bream and shellcracker are going after hybrid pink worms. Pretty good-sized hybrids are being caught below the dam during periods of power generation.



Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland, (706) 722-8263 – Military personnel, senior citizens, you can fish for half-price. If you’re handicapped, you can fish for free. Anyone fishing on Mondays and Tuesdays can fish for half-price. Contact the bait and tackle shop for details.

Brickyard report: John Perry, Nick Gilliam caught nine bass (largest 7½ pounds), seven crappies, six bream in the Farm Pond on worms and crickets. The bass hit artificial lures. Bob Ivey and Ray McNeal caught six bass (largest 5½ pounds) in the Garden Pond on plastic worms. Gerald Thomas and his 11-year-old daughter, Gerrein, caught 30 bream on worms in the Expressway Pond. John Palmer caught 15 crappies, two bass and seven catfish on minnows and worms in the Ditch. Mel Langston and Gary Edge caught 22 crappies and five catfish, all on minnows, in the Membership Pond.

Lock and dam: Jerry Skinner and son, Aaron, 11, caught 30 crappies, 10 bass, 30 bream on minnows and worms. Biggest crappie weighed 2.56 pounds. Paul Wolfe caught 30 bream and Jodie Thomas caught four stripers on live herring.


Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 ( P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – The spotted sea trout bite has taken off and for those looking for top-water, offshore action, we have king mackerel, Spanish mackerel little tunny and barracuda.



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