Dahlonega is located in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and one third of the county is in the Chattahoochee National Forest making Dahlonega a great place for trout fishing. All of the streams described below are easily accessable from Dahlonega, Ga. and contain stocked rainbow and native rainbow and brown trout except where noted. However, the trophy trout population in the streams has been sharply reduced in recent years by the encroachment by otter.
A valid Georgia Fishing License with a trout stamp is required. Holders of an honorary fishing license do not require trout stamps. It is illegal for an angler to have bait or tackle in his or her possession when that bait and gear is not legal on the stream being fished. Certain streams are open only during fishing season which is from the last Saturday in March until Oct. 31.
Fishing above Jay Bridge and the Etowah tributaries upstream from the Castleberry bridge to Jay Bridge is limited to the fishing season. The best fishing is probably in the Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
To reach this area from Dahlonega follow Hwy. Business US 19N 2 .1 miles and turn left on Wahsega Rd. Continue 8 miles to entrance of Ranger Camp, turn left on FS 28-1 and go 1.6 miles to the Etowah River. Primitive camping areas are upstream on the right. Tributaries include Jones Creek, Montgomery Creek and Nimblewill Creek.
West Fork of the Montgomery Creek
Montgomery Creek is in the Blue Ridge WMA. To reach this creek from Dahlonega follow Hwy. Business US 19N 2 .1 miles and turn left on Wahsega Rd. Continue 8 miles to entrance of Ranger Camp. Turn left on FS 28-1 and after 0.2 miles turn right onto FS 141 at the Ranger Gym (This road may not be marked and can only be traveled in a vehicle with high suspension). Shortly after passing the Gym you will ford the Etowah River. Follow this road, keeping to the left, for about 2 miles to the West Fork of the Montgomery Creek. Parking is on left across creek. Open only during fishing season.
Jones Creek is not stocked and contains native brown trout almost exclusively. Anglers are restricted to using artificial lure on Jones Creek and its tributaries in the Blue Ridge WMA.
To reach this creek from Dahlonega follow Hwy. Business US 19N 2 .1 miles and turn left on Wahsega Rd. Continue 8 miles to entrance of Ranger Camp. Turn left on FS 28-1 and go 4.3 miles to FS 77. Turn right on FS 77 and continue past the game checking station 1.3 miles to FS 77-A on the left. Follow 77- A 1.6 miles to the FS sign at Jones Creek. The road to the right goes along Jones Creek for 1 mile before reaching a dead end. Primitive camping is permitted in this area. The left fork continues about 400 yards to Lance Creek. Jones Creek can also be reached by Hwy 52W for 8 miles to Nimblewill Rd. on the right. Go 2 miles on Nimblewill Rd. to FS 28-1 on the right. Follow FS 28-1 2.1 miles to FS 77 on the left and then continue as above to FS 77-A. Open only during fishing season.
From Dahlonega go Hwy 52W for 8 miles to Nimblewill Rd. on the right. Take Nimblewill Rd. 2.3 miles to Nimblewill Church on the right. Continue straight on unpaved FS 28-2 crossing over Nimblewill Creek after 1 mile. Continue on FS 28-2 for 3 more miles. Nimblewill Creek will appear along the right side of the road. Camping is available along the creek. Open only during fishing season.
Waters Creek is a trophy trout stream and only fishing with artificial lures with a single barbless hook size 6 or smaller is allowed. Waters Creek is in the Chestatee WMA and is open during the trout season on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. In addition to a fishing license and a trout stamp, a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) stamp is required when fishing on Waters Creek. Size limits are 22 inches for brown and rainbow and 18 inches for brook trout. Smaller trout must be returned to the water immediately. Only one trout these sizes or larger may be kept each day and a maximum of 3 for the season. Waters creek flows into Dicks Creek. For directions see Dicks Creek below. It is required that anglers check in and out at the Ranger Station at the entrance to Waters Creek.
Dicks Creek is in the Chestatee WMA and is open only during the fishing season. This creek has a number of pretty falls and is easily accessible.
To reach it follow US Hwy. 19 N from Dahlonega for 12 miles to the Forest Service sign and sign for Mt. Piscah Church on the left . Turn left and follow this paved road. The road crosses over Dicks Creek in about 0.6 miles. Continue on this road with Dicks Creek on the left. The creek is mostly on private property almost to the confluence of Dicks Creek and Waters Creek at the bridge 2.7 miles from Hwy. 19. Dicks Creek falls is just downstream from this junction. For access to Waters Creek turn left at the bridge on FS 144 and check in at the ranger station past a private residence. FS 144 is closed except during fishing season. The road along Dicks Creek continues for 2 more miles as unpaved FS 34 which is not maintained for automobiles.
Noontootla Creek is in the Blue Ridge WMA and is formed by the confluence of Stover Creek, Chester Creek and Long Creek known as the The Three Forks Area. Noontootla Creek and its tributaries are not stocked and are managed to imitate a natural stream with an unharvested trout population. Noontootla Creek and its tributaries are open throughout the year. Only fish 16 inches in length or greater may be kept and only artificial lures are allowed.
To reach the Three Forks Area leave Dahlonega on Business Hwy. 19N 2 miles to Wahsega Rd. on the left. Take Wahsega Rd. 8 miles to the entrance of the Ranger Training Camp.Turn left on FS 28-1 and go 4.3 miles to FS 77. Turn right on FS 77 and continue to the top of ridge at Winding Stair Gap at the junction of 4 roads (FS 77, FS 42, and FS 58). FS 42 will go left and right. Take FS 58 2.7 miles down the other side of the ridge to the Three Forks Area at the bottom of the mountain.
Cooper Creek is open only during the fishing season. To reach Cooper Creek from Dahlonega go Ga. 60N for about 24 miles until reaching the road to Corinth Church on the right. Turn right and follow this road about a mile to Forest Service sign on left. Turn left and proceed on FS 236 for about 3 miles to Cooper Creek. Cooper Creek flows through Cooper Creek Scenic Area.
Open year round Rock Creek can be reached from Dahlonega by following Ga. Hwy. 60 12 miles past Suches, Ga.. After passing Cooper Creek Groceries and Deep Hole Recreation area on the left, turn left at the fish hatchery sign. Cross over the Toccoa River and continue for about 1mile. Rock Creek will appear on the right. The road follows Rock Creek for 2 miles to the hatchery and another 2 miles to Rock Creek Lake, a small man made lake which is also stocked with trout.
This lake which is managed by the U. S. Forest Service is a great lake for kids. Camping, hiking and fishing platforms are available. Fishing Rodeos are held occasionally in the summer. Follow Ga. Hwy. 60N from Dahlonega for about 9 miles. Forest Sign on the Right.
Lake Winfield Scott
This pretty mountain lake is stocked with rainbow trout and is managed by the U. S. Forest Service. Hiking, camping and fishing platform are available. Boats with motors are not allowed. To reach Lake Winfield Scott, follow Ga. Hwy. 60N from Dahlonega through Suches. Turn right on Hwy. 180 and turn right at Forest Service Sign. Distance from Dahlonega is approximately 22 miles.