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2012 Changes

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  • Effective January 1, 2012, the Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) or qualifying license is required to use on 32 properties managed by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division. This includes all Public Fishing Areas except for Rocky Mountain PFA (see Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) for details).

Freshwater Regulation Changes

  • Public Fishing Areas hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday sunrise to sunset. These hours do not include Rocky Mountain Public Fishing Area.

Saltwater Regulation Changes

At the time of printing, legislative and/or regulations changes were pending that may affect some species and licensing issues.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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