The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement specialty plate has been approved, but there is a catch.
Before the state Motor Vehicle Division begins production, 1,000 plates must be pre-ordered. If you support conservation law enforcement, you can be one of the first to order a plate for your vehicle or trailer.
Here’s how to do it: visit the web site. Fill out the form at the link from the page. Send the form and a $25 check per tag made payable to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and in the memo space write DNR Law Enforcement Specialty License Plate.
Checks will be deposited into a restricted account until the goal is reached, after which the money will be transferred to the Division of Motor Vehicles. Next, you’ll receive via U.S Postal Service two forms you’ll need to present at your local tag office.
As an added incentive, the first 1,000 pre-orders will be entered into a drawing for a Samsung Chrome Book computer.
The Clarks Hill Youth Fishing Team will conduct tryouts on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Wildwood Park boat ramp. Participants must have boater safety cards on their persons. Tryouts include flipping, pitching and casting.
Raysville Marina, (706) 595-5582 – Dylan Spivey, Harlem, Ga., caught a pair of 5-pound catfish.
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) – Water temps mid 80s and the lake is clear. We’re still picking up some nice fish on the 40- and 50-foot humps on live herring. We got into some schooling largemouths above the Highway 378 bridge. We caught some nice bass, although the bulk were yearlings. We also caught some 3- to 4-pound hybrids down about 30 feet in the same area. We’re hoping schooling fish will turn on because that’s lots of fun during August and September. I think once we get past the full moon we’ll see lots more surface activity.
Ralph Barbee Jr., professional guide specializing in largemouth bass. (706) 831-8756 – The Lionel Hollingsworth’s custom-made white spinnerbait with white No. 5 blade, the Yellow Fellow and Pop-R are all good for largemouths and chunky hybrids. The largest bass weighed 4 pounds.
William Sasser’s Guide Service, (Capt. William Sasser, 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), (Bradd) (706) 267-4313, (Andrew) (803) 507-5083 – Bradd: Fishing has been good this week as water temperatures continue to be in the mid 80s on most of the lake. The striper-hybrid bite has been especially good below the Russell Dam, in the mid lake area and in the lower end near Thurmond Dam. Best time to be fishing is when generation periods start at both dams. Most fishermen are using artificial baits on the schoolers and live herring on deeper fish. The mid lake and lower lake bites have come at mid morning to late afternoon, using live herring and large spoons. The catfish bite also has been good in 30 to 50 feet of water fishing live herring on the bottom.
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NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAIN STREAMS
Carter and Hunter Morris, licensed professional guides specializing in fly fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout. (706) 833-1083(www.flyfishingnorthgeorgia.com) (facebook.com/flyfishingnorthgeorgia) – We are continuing to enjoy a mild summer in our section of the state and frequent rainfall has helped our trout fishing. The trout are active later in the day than is normal for the month of August. We recommend fishing the Toccoa River in the mornings and then moving to the smaller creeks in the afternoon, especially since the Tennessee Valley Authority has been generating on the Toccoa almost every afternoon.
MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS
Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, John Byars, (706 722-8263) - The final classic, end-of-the-year tournament will be held this afternoon.
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – If you’re coming to fish, try the artificial reefs. You’ll be rewarded by king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bonita and an occasional barracuda. Last weekend, we had a light top-water bite and a light spoon-trolling bite. So anglers who were able to catch some cigar minnows, Spanish sardines or menhaden for bait, the top water bite was much better.
The Savannah Snapper Banks are producing some good bottom fishing results for those wanting to try them.