Dec16

Hooked on Fishin'

by David Zunker Categories // Outdoor Adventures

Hooked on Fishin'

Fish like it wet.  Good thing.

We’ve had quite a lot of rain this fall, but presumably, fish don’t care. They’re happy with a worm, a minnow or a cricket, or what looks like a worm, a minnow or a cricket. And avid fisherfolk are happy to oblige, especially in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County, where there are boatloads of fishing options, including 4,000 miles of trout streams and at least 21 public fishing locations.

Trout are not the only fish in the sea (so to speak) but the 30-mile radius around Dahlonega offers a significant selection of premier mountain trout habitat and opportunities for fishing for additional species. There’s something special about trout fishing – you have to be extra stealthy to catch a trout, plus they’re just plain great eating, if you choose not to catch and release.


One of the best things about late season trout fishing in Georgia is that this season the season is all year long – the Georgia Department of Natural Resources eliminated a designated trout season, as of April 21, 2015, so all trout streams are open all year long. Certain “special regulations” still apply to particular stream covering such instances of “artificial lures only”, “delayed harvest”, “age restriction” (make sure they have their ID!) and “trophy trout” pertaining to size and weight.

Beyond trout, those who fish will find a wide array of other fishing options in the Dahlonega-Lumpkin region, from panfish (sunfish, crappie, bluegill) – also known generically as bream – and bass of various assortments, including landlocked and river striped bass of considerable size.

Mostly, all it takes is an interest, a rod & reel and some time. Oh, and a fishing license – you’ll still need an annual fishing license and a trout stamp, if you decide to head out after the wily trout.

A brilliant reference manual and guide to fishing in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County is available for free both in the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Visitors Center in downtown Dahlonega and online at www.Dahlonega.org.

About the Author

David Zunker

David Zunker

David Zunker is the Tourism Director at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber & Visitors Bureau. He is a journalist by training and a tourism professional by trade – having spent more than 25 years in the hospitality and travel business with resorts, state tourism offices, CVBs and chambers of commerce.

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