Best Fishing in Georgia

This list represents the most popular fishing in Georgia (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Georgia fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Jacks River


The Jacks River is a major headwater tributary to the Conasauga River. The two rivers parallel each other through the Cohutta Wilderness Area and offer excellent angling for wild rainbow, brown, and b…
From the guidebook "Fishing Georgia"
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#2. Conasauga River


Considered by some authorities to be one of the top 100 trout streams in the nation, the pristine 15-mile stretch of the Conasauga River is within the Cohutta Wilderness Area. The core of the Conasaug…
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#3. Chattooga River


Designated by Congress as a Wild and Scenic River, the Chattooga River is known for its whitewater paddling, trout fishing, and primitive setting. From its headwaters in the North Carolina Appalachian…
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#4. Dicks Creek


With both stocked and wild rainbow and brown trout, Dicks Creek offers the opportunity to catch a quick limit of stockers or a wild trophy trout. The creek produces some surprisingly large trout every…
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#5. Lake Varner


An 850-acre drinking water reservoir owned by Newton County, Lake Varner opened to the public in 1992 and has produced excellent fishing ever since. First known as “Cornish Creek Reservoir,” this 850-…
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#6. Bull Sluice Lake


On the north side of metropolitan Atlanta and in the middle of the prime trout fishing water of the Chattahoochee River, Bull Sluice Lake is a series of shallow sloughs that offer good fishing for bre…
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#7. Clarks Hill Lake


Clarks Hill Lake is one of the largest inland bodies of water in the South. With 71,535 acres of water, the lake offers almost unlimited angling opportunities for a variety of species. Clarks Hill Lak…
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#8. Lake Tobesofkee


Lake Tobesofkee, a 1,750-acre lake near Macon owned and operated by Bibb County, is the perfect place to take the whole family. With fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating, camping, and even a water p…
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#9. Lower Toccoa River - Blue Ridge Dam to State Line


The Toccoa River below Blue Ridge Dam is arguably the best tailwater trout fishery in Georgia. Plenty of feisty fish and little fishing pressure make the Toccoa a good choice for big-water trout fishi…
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#10. Stamp Creek


Stamp Creek is a stocked trout stream in Pine Log Wildlife Management Area. Stamp Creek is unusual in two regards: it is a walk-in put-and-take trout stream, and it is open enough for fly fishing. Mos…
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#11. Lake Sinclair


With 15,330 acres of water and excellent access, Georgia Power’s Lake Sinclair is a favorite with Georgia anglers. Lake Sinclair is a 15,330-acre hydropower impoundment at Furman Shoals on the Oconee…
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#12. Mountaintown Creek


Mountaintown Creek starts its journey near the boundary of the Cohutta Wilderness Area and eventually joins the Coosawattee River. The upper reach of the stream flows through the Cohutta Wildlife Mana…
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#13. Dukes Creek (Smithgall Woods - Dukes Creek Conservation Area)


Arguably Georgia’s premiere public-water destination for trophy trout, Dukes Creek is managed under special regulations to maintain and protect the excellent fishing the area offers. More than 7 miles…
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#14. Lake Blackshear


Spreading over 8,515 acres, this Flint River impoundment is owned and operated by the Crisp County Power Commission. In the summer of 1994, floodwaters breached its dam. Once repairs were made though,…
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#15. Cooper Creek


Cooper Creek runs though public land for most of its length and offers a good mix of both the easy and difficult brands of Georgia trout fishing. Cooper (often called Coopers) Creek is a tributary to…
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#16. J. Strom Thurmond Lake (GA / SC Border)


Short Take: 70,000 acres; two major river tributaries, rock and/or clay points, hydrilla. Although J. Strom Thurmond Lake has occasionally suffered through an identity crisis due to both name changes…
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#17. Upper Toccoa River


From its headwaters in Union County, the upper stretch of the Toccoa River flows nearly 30 miles through a patchwork of public and private land before it reaches Blue Ridge Lake. The river’s moderate…
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#18. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area


Managed by the National Park Service, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area consists of 16 land units along a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River north of Atlanta. Releases from Lake…
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#19. Bartletts Ferry Lake (Lake Harding)


A 5,850-acre hydropower reservoir on the Chattahoochee River owned and operated by Georgia Power Company, Bartletts Ferry offers good angling for a several different species. The lake is especially kn…
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#20. Rock Creek (Fannin County)


With the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery just a short drive down the road, it is no wonder Rock Creek is one of the most heavily stocked trout streams in Georgia. The creek’s tame nature together…
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