Fishing Licenses: See License Requirements for information on license requirements.
Saltwater Fishing Information
Georgia Saltwater Fishing Regulations
For information and updates on licenses, regulations, and fishing in Georgia’s inshore and offshore saltwaters contact:
Georgia DNR Coastal
One Conservation Way, Suite 201
Brunswick, GA 31520-8687
912-264-7237 or fax 912-262-3166
Coastal Resources Division
Marine Fisheries Section
One Conservation Way,
Brunswick, GA 31520-8687
912-264-7218 or fax 912-262-2318
Federal Saltwater Fishing Regulations
For information and updates on recreational fishing regulations in federal waters (3–200 miles offshore), contact:
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
4055 Faber Place Dr., Suite 201
North Charleston, SC 29405
843-571-4366 or 866-SAFMC-10
For information and updates on federal regulations and required permitting for tunas, billfish, and sharks, contact:
National Marine Fisheries Service
HMS Management Division
1315 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910
For information on the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary contact:
Gray’s Reef Sanctuary Program
10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411
Sort or cull your catch on the water. Return undersized or unwanted wildlife to the water alive. When you throw away wildlife, you are not only wasting valuable resources, but you are also breaking the law!
Georgia maintains 15 inshore and 22 offshore artificial reefs located from inside the estuary to 80 miles offshore. The 19 reefs beyond 3 miles offshore are designated as federal Special Management Zones and as such, only allow hand-held hook-n-line and spear fishing gear. For more information, coordinates and updates go to georgiaoutdoormap.com.
Boating Safety Zones
Boating safety zones have been established off Jekyll, Tybee, St. Simons, and Sea islands. These zones extend from the northernmost point to the southernmost point of each of these islands and from the highwater mark to a distance 1,000 feet seaward. From May 1 through September 30, power boats, jet skis, and other motorized craft are prohibited in these zones.
Landing Requirements/Transfer Prohibition
All saltwater finfish (including sharks) under state or federal regulation must be landed with head and fins intact. Anglers must make catches available for inspection by government officials. Saltwater finfish subject to size and bag limits cannot be transferred to another person or vessel on the water. Commercial licenses are required to sell recreationally caught finfish.
A seine may not be used as a gill net (a net constructed of single webbing attached to a float line and lead line and fished in a stationary manner to ensnare or entangle fish in the meshes).
Only flounder may be taken with a gig (any handheld shaft with single or multiple points, barbed or barbless).
All seasons, hours, creel limits, minimum size limits, and other regulations applicable to saltwater finfish apply regardless of the gear used.
Sharks: Recreational harvest of sharks is limited to hook and line gear only.
Maximum Size: the specific size in length above which it is unlawful to take that finfish species.
Minimum Size: the specific size in length below which it is unlawful to take that finfish species.
Open Season: that specified period of time during which one may take certain finfish species from any waters of the state.
Daily Creel Limit: the lawful amount of a species of finfish that a person may take in one day.
Possession Limit: the lawful amount of a species of finfish that a person can legally have at any one time.
Bushel: 9.3 gallons or approximately 37 quarts.
Saltwater Demarcation Line
This line is established in this state as the separation point between saltwaters and freshwaters for commercial fishing and sport fishing. The saltwater demarcation line is defined below:
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.