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Public Fishing Areas

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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.
  • To enter a PFA, visitors 16 years of age and older must have a valid license to fish or hunt or a Lands Pass (see License Requirements for details on Land Pass).
  • 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 see Game Species Daily Limit

Grass carp must be released immediately.

Hours of Operation

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

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.

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.

MARBEN PFA (CHARLIE ELLIOTT WILDLIFE CENTER)

Jasper/Newton Counties,

478-825-6151 or 770-784-3059

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.

Note: There is no minimum size on largemouth bass, but each angler is only allowed 1 bass over 16 inches.

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

912-727-2112

Fish Species: Hybrid striped bass, 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, picnic pavilion and static and 3D archery ranges, 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, fishing pier 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, Brown bullhead.

Note: Largemouth bass between 16 and 24 inches must be released immediately. Bass up to 16 inches and over 24 inches can be kept (limit 5 per person).

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.

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

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

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, White crappie, Redear sunfish

Note: Largemouth bass are catch-and-release.

Water: 106 acre lake and Kids only Special Event Pond. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

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).

Restrictions:

  • It is illegal to possess alcoholic beverages.
  • Day fishing only.
  • 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.

Silver Lake

Decatur County

(229) 430-4256

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

Note: The harvest for largemouth bass in Panic Pond is one fish greater than 24 inches per day. Panic Pond is open to fishing Saturday – Monday and is closed to all fishing during July and August.

Water: Thirty ponds totaling more than 480 acres.

Facilities: Five ponds with concrete boat ramps with accompanying service piers and primitive camping. Some facilities are accessible to persons with Disabilities.

Direction from Bainbridge: South on Hwy 253 (Spring Creek Rd.) to Hwy 310 (Yates Spring Rd.): left for 2.5 mi: right on Silver Lake Rd. for 0.8 mi.

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.