Many rare and protected species live in or near water and may be encountered while fishing. There are 57 fish, 8 salamanders, 1 frog, 28 snails and/or mussels, 20 crayfish and 13 turtles on Georgia’s protected species list. It is unlawful to capture, kill, or harm any protected species. However, any crayfish can be used for fishing bait as long as they are not collected from crayfish burrows or exported from the state of Georgia.
If you accidentally capture a protected species while fishing release it unharmed immediately.
For more information contact the Nongame Conservation Section at 770-918-6411 or visit www.georgiawildlife.com.