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In Georgia It Is Unlawful To:

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  • Possess or use live blueback herring for bait in all fresh waters except the following: Lakes Bartlett's Ferry, Blue Ridge, Chatuge, Goat Rock, Juliette, Lanier, Nottely, Oliver, and West Point; and the Altamaha River watershed downstream of the following: Juliette dam on the Ocmulgee River, Lake Juliette dam on Rum Creek, Lake Tobesofkee dam on Tobesofkee Creek, Lake Sinclair dam on the Oconee River; and watersheds of all other streams that flow directly into the Atlantic Ocean (this drainage includes Burton, Tugaloo, and Raburn). For maps of restricted waters go to www.gofishgeorgia.com and see “Freshwater Regulations” section.
  • It is still illegal to possess and fish with live blueback herring in Alabama waters.
  • Fish for game fish, except American shad, hickory shad, channel catfish, blue catfish, or flathead catfish, by any means other than pole and line.
  • Take any fish from public freshwater by any method other than the methods listed on this page. Snagging fish is illegal.
  • Use electronic devices, explosives, poisons, or firearms to take fish.
  • Stock or release fish or bait into any public waters except the water from which it was taken.
  • Discard fish caught in public waters.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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This is not the full law. Consult theGeorgia Department of Natural Resources for further details. All persons are reminded that the statutes, code and regulations are the legal authorities.
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