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Public Fishing Areas

Fishing Regulations Icon Georgia Fishing

Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) are great places for family outings! You can fish from the bank or a boat, picnic, hike, watch wildlife, and enjoy the outdoors. Good bank fishing opportunities are available at all PFAs and many of them have special kids fishing areas for young anglers.

Please Read Before Fishing a PFA

Licenses:

  • Anglers 16 years of age and older must possess a valid fishing license and a valid Wildlife Management Area (WMA) license to fish, except a WMA license is not required to fish at Rocky Mountain Recreation and Public Fishing Area.
  • If you have a Sportsman’s, Lifetime license, 3-Day Hunting/Fishing License, 3-Day GORP Plus, Senior Lifetime license or Honorary license you are NOT required to have a WMA license to fish on a PFA.
  • To access a PFA for non-fishing activities, visitors age 16–64 must have one of the following; Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP), 3-day hunting/fishing license, WMA license, and Sportsman’s, Honorary (resident disability license or resident one-time veteran’s license) or Lifetime license. Please see box for full details on (GORP).
  • Not all PFAs have the ability to sell licenses on site. Please call each PFA for details. Licenses can also be obtained online or by phone.

Length and Daily Limits:

Unless a pond or lake has been posted as having a different length limit or daily limit, the following apply:

Length limit:

Largemouth bass: 14 inches minimum unless otherwise posted

Daily limits:

Largemouth bass (unless otherwise posted) 5

Bream or sunfish
(of any one species or a combination) 15

Channel catfish 5

All other species

Grass carp must be released immediately.

Hours of Operation

Public Fishing Areas hours of operation are open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset.

Hunting on Public Fishing Areas

There are hunting opportunities available at several PFAs located around the state. Refer to the Hunting Regulations Guide for a complete list of PFA hunting opportunities and regulations or visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com.

Fishing on Wildlife Management Areas

Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed on WMAs according to statewide regulations. Alcohol use is prohibited on WMAs except in designated camping areas. Refer to the Hunting Regulations Guide for a complete list of WMA regulations. A GORP Pass may be required on some areas.

Fishing Without Permission

It is unlawful to fish on someone else’s property without permission. Conservation Rangers and other law enforcement officers are charged with enforcing this law. Always ask permission before entering private land.

Permission is not required to fish in the Chattahoochee or Oconee National Forests, on Wildlife Resources Division Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) or Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), or in Georgia State Parks (gastateparks.org) as long as all applicable state regulations are followed.

To find a PFA location refer to the map on this page.

BIG LAZER CREEK

Talbot County, 478-825-6151

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill and Red­ear sunfish, Channel catfish, Crappie. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Water: 195 acre lake.

Facilities: Concrete two-lane boat ramp, fishing pier, fish cleaning station, shooting range, restrooms, picnic tables, primitive camping, some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions from Talbotton: East on US Hwy 80 for 4 mi.; left on Po Biddy Road for 6.4 mi.; left on Bunkham Road; left into area.

CHARLIE ELLIOTT WILDLIFE CENTER/MARBEN PFA

Jasper/Newton Counties,

478-825-6151 or 770-784-3063

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Crappie, Channel catfish. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Water: 20 ponds, totaling 293 acres, ranging in size from 1 to 95 acres.

Facilities: Kids only ponds, concrete boat ramps (6 lakes), boat docks, restrooms, fishing piers, fish cleaning station, picnic areas, primitive camping, shooting and archery ranges, and some fishing areas accessible to persons with disabilities.

Note: Check information board for lakes that are open for fishing when you visit.

Directions From Mansfield: South on GA Hwy 11 for 2.7 mi.; left on Marben Farm Rd. Follow signs.

DODGE COUNTY

478-374-6765 or 912-285-6094

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Red­ear sunfish, Channel catfish, Crappie. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Water: 104 acre lake.

Facilities: Concrete boat ramps, fishing pier, fish cleaning station, 3-D archery range, restrooms, picnic tables, nature trail, some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. Primitive camping is allowed.

Directions From Eastman: South on US Hwy 23/341 for 3 mi.; left on County Rd. 49 for 0.6 mi. to lake.

EVANS COUNTY

Evans County PFA has reopened:

912-739-1139 or 912-727-2112

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfish, Crappie, Brown bullhead. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Water: Three ponds encompassing 122 acres (8, 30, 84 acres).

Facilities: Concrete boat ramps, fishing piers, fish cleaning station, restrooms, picnic tables, primitive camping, some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions From Claxton: East on US Hwy 280 for 8.5 miles; right on Old Reidsville-Savannah Road for 1 mile; left on Old Sunbury Road (dirt), PFA 0.3 miles on right marked by Wildlife Resources sign.

Flat Creek

Houston County, 478-825-6151

Fish species: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfish, Crappie. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Water: 102 acre lake and Kids Only special event pond.

Facilities: Concrete two-lane boat ramp, fish cleaning station, restrooms, picnic tables, grills, pavilion, bank fishing, archery range and some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions from I-75: Take I-75 to exit 134 (South Perry Parkway), Turn west onto South Perry Parkway, Travel approx. 0.25 miles and turn left (South) on Georgia Highway 41, Drive about 2 miles and turn left into Flat Creek Public Fishing Area.

HUGH M. GILLIS

Laurens County,

478-296-6192 or 912-285-6094

Fish species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Red­ear sunfish, Channel catfish, Crappie.

Water: 109 acre lake and two 1 acre KFE ponds. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Facilities: Concrete boat ramps, fishing pier, fish cleaning station, restrooms, picnic tables, some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions From East Dublin: East on US Hwy 80 for 10 mi.; left on Keens Crossing Rd. for 1.4 mi., PFA entrance on right.

McDUFFIE

McDuffie County, 706-595-1619

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Red­ear sunfish, Channel catfish.

Water: 7 ponds varying in size from 5 to 37 acres. Rodbender Lake is open the 1st through the 15th of each month.

Facilities: Concrete boat ramps, courtesy docks, rest­rooms, picnic tables, tent and RV camping in designated areas (fee is $15–25 per site per night), archery range, and some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions From Thomson: South on Hwy 17 to US Hwy 278; left (east) for 5.6 mi.; right on Ellington Airline Road for 2.8 mi.; right on Fish Hatchery Road for 0.8 mi.

OCMULGEE

Bleckley/Pulaski Counties

Area is temporarily closed but is anticipated to re-open in 2017.

478-783-2557 (PFA) or 912-285-6094 (Waycross)

Fish Species- Largemouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, redear sunfish

Water: 106 acre lake and Kids only Special Event Pond. Live bait is allowed for fishing,

Facilities: 2 Lane Concrete Boat ramp, courtesy dock, fish cleaning station, 2 fishing piers, restrooms, picnic tables, bank fishing, and nature trail. Some facilities accessible to person’s with disabilities. Primitive camping is allowed in designated area near WMA.

From Hawkinsville: Take HWY 341/27 south over the Ocmulgee River. In approximately a mile turn left onto HWY ALT 129/26. Continue 0.3 miles and turn left onto Upper River Road. Travel approximately six miles then turn left onto Allison’s Landing Rd. In approximately a mile, fork right at the PFA sign.

From Cochran: Take HWY Alt 129 North turn left onto Porter Rd. Travel about eight miles and turn right onto Allison’s Landing Rd. then turn right into the PFA at the sign.

PARADISE

Berrien County,

229-533-4792 or 912-285-6094

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfish, Crappie, Brown bullhead. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Water: 68 lakes encompassing 525 acres of water.

Facilities: Restrooms, fish cleaning station, picnic area, concrete boat ramps, tent camping ($10 per site per night; pay at drop box; no reservation needed; first come first serve), group camp ($20 per night; 20 person minimum; call for reservations), fishing pier, boat dock, some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions From Tifton: East on US Hwy 82 for 8 mi. to Whitley Road near Brookfield; follow signs from US Hwy 82 to the area.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RECREATION
& PUBLIC FISHING AREA

Floyd County, 706-802-5087

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfish, Black crappie, Walleye. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Water: Two lakes (202 and 357 acres). Heath Lake is open the 1st–10th of each month only.

Facilities: Concrete boat ramps, fishing jetties, restrooms, picnic shelters, scenic overlooks, hiking trails, tent and RV camping, group primitive camping, group picnic area, biking trails, swimming beach, some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Fee: Daily or annual Rocky Mtn. PFA parking permit required (one per vehicle) WMA license not required.

Restrictions:

  • It is illegal to possess alcoholic beverages.
  • No one may rappel, rock climb or hang glide.

Directions From Rome: North on US Hwy 27 for 10.4 mi.; left on Sike Storey Road 0.4 mi.; left on Big Texas Valley Road 5.4 mi. to entrance.

Public Fishing Areas Unlawful Activities

  • Operate boats on ponds or lakes posted as closed to boats.
  • Operate gas outboard motors unless lake is posted as being open to the use of outboard motors. NOTE: Gas motors, if allowed, must be operated at idle speed only.
  • Fish in a pond or lake that has been posted “closed.”
  • Fish with any gear other than pole and line.
  • Fish with more than two poles and lines.
  • Use or possess live fish (minnows) for bait, unless otherwise posted.
  • Consume alcoholic beverages except at campsites on the area. No alcoholic beverages are allowed anywhere on Rocky Mountain PFA.
  • Operate personal watercraft (jet skis), sailboats, or sailboards.
  • Allow children under 14 years of age to be on PFA without adult supervision.
  • Fish at night, unless otherwise posted.
  • Drive on any closed road or block any gate.
  • Camp any place other than designated camping areas. NOTE: Contact the PFA before visiting for regulations regarding camping.
  • Swim, except at Rocky Mountain Recreation and PFA beach.
  • Ride horses in restricted areas or areas not designated as open to equestrian use.