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2014 Definitions

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Artificial Lure

Any lure which is made completely of natural or colored wood, cork, feathers, hair, rubber, metal, plastic, tinsel, styrofoam, sponge, string, or any combination of such materials, in imitation of or as a substitute for natural bait. This does not include any item sprayed with or containing scented or chemical attractants.

Daily Limit

The number of fish that may be taken, caught, or killed during any one day.


Catching, capturing, taking, or killing fish, mussels and all seafood and includes all lesser acts such as attempting to catch, capture, or kill by any device or method and directly assisting any person in catching or attempting to catch fish or seafood.

Game Fish

Fish that are listed under Daily Limits
(see Game Species Daily Limits and Seasons, Limits, Sizes).

Immediate Family

All persons living in one household under one head of household and bearing a blood or dependent relationship to the head of household.

Non-game Fish

Any fish not designated as game fish under Daily Limits (see Game Species Daily Limits and Seasons, Limits, Sizes).

Public Fishing Area

Designated areas owned and/or operated by the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Fisheries Section for the primary purpose of fishing and are open to the public. These are listed in Public Fishing Areas.


Resident means any person who has been domiciled within the state of Georgia for a period of at least three (3) months (declared Georgia their state of legal residence as shown by a GA driver’s license or GA ID with a Georgia address). Residents include full-time military personnel on active duty who list Georgia as their home of record in their official military files or who are stationed at a military base located in Georgia and the dependents of such military personnel. Residents also include out-of-state college students living in Georgia. Students may use a current Georgia student ID as documentation.


Report Fish Kills

Help protect our valuable fish resources. Report fish kills as quickly as possible.


(24 hours a day, seven days a week)

Help Stop the Spread of
Aquatic Nuisance Species

Don’t release live bait fish, or move live fish, aquatic plants, or mussels!

  • It is unlawful to stock or release fish into waters within the state without a permit from DNR, except for lawfully obtained fish of legal species stocked in private ponds.
  • Never release live bait fish, aquarium fish, or aquatic plants into our waters.
  • Dispose of bait fish after fishing so that they cannot enter a lake, river, or stream.
  • Remove all plant fragments and mussels from your boat, motor, trailer, live well, and nets before leaving the launch site and clean your boat and equipment thoroughly before launching into new waters.
  • Learn more about Aquatic Nuisance Species at

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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