If you’re one of the thousands who have moved to Augusta and environs for jobs in the cyber community and elsewhere and you like to hunt and fish, you’ve come to the right place.
You’ll find fishing and hunting opportunities within a few minutes’ or a few hours’ drive of where you live, whether it’s at the McDuffie Public Fishing Area near the Dearing community, or massive Thurmond Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impoundment, or the Clark Hill Wildlife Management Area near Thomson in McDuffie and parts of Wilkes County.
Merry Land Brickyard Ponds on Augusta’s outskirts offer (for a small fee) good fishing for largemouth bass and assorted panfish. The place to buy permits is off Molly Pond Road. There are no rental boats, but if you own aluminum jonboats, ghenoes or kayaks, you’ll find them perfect fishing platforms. Check out today’s fishing page for the phone number.
Coming up on Sept. 23 is a good time to check out the fishing on National Hunting and Fishing Day. It was established in 1972 as a way to honor American hunters and anglers for the time and money they donate to wildlife conservation programs. The money comes to more than a billion dollars a year.
This year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is urging outdoorsmen and women to take someone, especially young people, to the outdoors and let them experience the positive aspects of hunting, fishing, bird-watching, hiking or just plain relaxing and enjoying Mother Nature’s bounty.
The DNR is offering a free fishing day on that date to all Georgia residents. That means one can go fishing without having to purchase a fishing license or a trout license and fish any of the state’s public waters, including public fishing areas like the McDuffie PFA near Dearing.
Information on licenses needed and where to buy them and lots more can be found on the web sites at http://www.gofishgeorgia.com or www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com.
Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – I went out scouting Thursday. The fish came up about 9:30 a.m. I found schooling fish from Plum Branch Yacht Club to Hamilton Branch. I fished live bait below the schoolies and caught my limit. The lake is in great shape, the water temperature was 77 degrees. My bluebacks are living down to 20 or 25 feet. Caught my limit of decent sized fish (2-1/2 pounds) and reeled the last bait to the surface and let it lay there while I did something else. Darned if a hybrid didn’t slam it. I was able to release it (by the way, all the fish I released stayed alive and well).
That fish also spit up two tiny largemouth bass, which is very unusual. But I’m looking forward to a good schooling season.
Check out my web site: www.acestriperguide.com.
MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS
Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, John Byars, (706 722-8263) – There are multiple ponds offering good fishing for largemouth bass, bream and shellcracker, crappies and catfish.