The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will cooperatively stock more than 100,000 trout into Georgia’s mountain streams during this month.
Some 40,000 trout were stocked during the week of March 6 and an additional 70,000 will hit the water on March 20. Biologists’ goal is to stock 1 million fish this year.
This is a “put-and-take” fishery. The agencies put ‘em in, the anglers take ‘em out.
For a list of stocked streams visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Trout, or call 1 (770) 535-5498.
The Georgia River Network will hold a Hidden Gem Paddle on the last two portions of the Little River Trail May 20-21. Canoiests and kayakers are welcome to participate.
The launch will be from the public boat ramp at Highway 78 and the Tom Watson Bridge. Participants will paddle to Holiday Park where they will camp overnight. The day 2 launch will be from the park to the Raysville Campground boat ramp. There will be presenters and live entertainment.
Twenty volunteers are needed. Those interested should contact Elizabeth Vance at the Thomson-McDuffie Convention and Visitors Bureau, 149 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30024, phone 1 (706) 597-7422. She also can be reached at Elizabeth.Vance@thomson-mcduffie.net.
STROM THURMOND LAKE
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 (www.crockettrocketstriperfishing.com) – We’ve been rescheduling trips because of the bad weather and hope to resume them next week. You can check us out on Facebook at crocketrocketguide service.
Ralph Barbee Jr., professional guide specializing in largemouth bass. (7 06) 831-8756 —- I joined Danny Sheehan in his aluminum boat on a windy Tuesday. He threw the floating worm, but the wind was so strong, it blew the worm back into the boat. I caught a 7-1/2-pound bass on a Lionel Hollingsworth custom-made spinnerbait, white skirt and gold willow leaf No. 5 and a round silver Colorado blade with a trailer hook. I caught another and put it in the livewell. I was heading back to my seat when the gale-force wind blew me out of the boat. “Catch another big one?” Danny asked, hearing the splash, his back to me. “I’m in the water!” I hollered back. Danny’s pretty hefty and was able to haul me and my sodden clothes back into the boat, which had no boarding ladder. I lost my rod and reel, but never again will I ever go fishing without wearing a life jacket. Danny saved my life.
Little River Guide Service, Tony Shepherd, U.S. Coast Guard licensed guide specializing in stripers and hybrids (with Captain O.G. Penner) (706) 210-3474) – Winter has come, all at once! Just as our lake’s creatures started preparations for spawning festivities, the arctic blast hit the pause button. Typical for March, but the bite remains hot. Blueback herring have shown up in numbers in typical spawning locations, but they’re remaining deep until conditions are right. We have been catching really nice hybrids and stripers on live herring fished on down lines from 18 to 35 feet along the sides of primary and secondary river points. Later in the day, planer boards trailed by a lively herring will produce nice stripers from the same locations, just a bit shallower.
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BEAUFORT, S.C. &VICINITY
Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – I don’t have to tell you it’s cold and windy, but Saturday and Sunday are looking good, except for a chance of rain Saturday. The redfish and black drum bite is fair. Large sheepshead and black drum and some smaller but keeper black sea bass are being caught around the wrecks.
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com.) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – Ever catch live shrimp by allowing your cast net to sink into deep creek holes? It works.
We checked out the stomach of a redfish and found the remains of fiddler crabs, rock crabs and their claws, cherry clams and snails. After a while, the fish have to stop eating so their digestive systems can catch up.
I’d let the weather return to normal before venturing out into the estuaries.