There are hundreds of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in the state of Georgia that have open fishing all year. With Georgia's great climate, fishing is popular throughout the fall and into the winter months. Before you go, you will need to purchase a fishing license from Georgia, Alabama or another bordering state. Licenses can be bought online or at an agent in your county. For the state of Georgia, they are available on www.georgiawildlife.com. With more than 500,000 acres of water available for fishing in Georgia, it's a sport where you can get the entire family involved. Here are places near Atlanta where you have a chance to catch "the big one."
Lake Sydney Lanier
The most popular lake in the state of Georgia is about 30 minutes from Atlanta and stretches 38,000 acres. Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Lanier is heavily fished by locals and tourists, but there is still plenty of fish for everyone. If you like catching striper, crappie and walleye, this should be one of your top destinations. Anglers have success with both live and artificial baits, so it's trial and error to see what is biting. For a complete fishing experience, give Lake Lanier a try.
5741 St. Lake Oconee Parkway
Greensboro, GA 30642
Fish the "Great Waters" of Lake Oconee at one of the top resort properties in the world, Reynolds Plantation. There are many boat slips in and around Lake Oconee and Reynolds Plantation. All you need to have handy is your Georgia Fishing License. Lake Oconee is stocked with many varieties of fish, so your rod and reel will get a workout. When the fishing ends, you can play golf as Reynolds offers six fantastic championship golf courses to test your skills on. At the end of the day, you can relax at the beautiful, Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.
386 Talladega Springs Road
Sylacauga, AL 35151
Just a little ways across the border in Alabama, you can test your angler skills at beautiful, Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama. Pursell Farms is home to the top public golf course, Farmlinks, but the property also offers plenty of great fishing. Depending on your needs, Pursell Farms offers everything from guides to rental of gear like lures, tackle boxes and reels. While it is preferred you stay at the resort, Pursell Farms offers full and half-day fishing options in a boat or on the banks. Pursell Farms is private property, so no Alabama fishing permit is required. Just come ready to fish and bring your golf clubs too.
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Snowbird Mountain Lodge
4633 Santeetlah Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771
Snowbird Mountain Lodge is a short drive from metro Atlanta, but you will feel like you are a world away. Located right on the Cherohala Skyway in the smoky mountains, Snowbird offers endless fishing opportunities and experiences for the entire family. In fact the USA Flyfishing Team comes here to fish. If you want to cast your line, Snowbird offers free use of fly rods as part of your stay.
Lake Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge, GA
Lake Blue Ridge is set on over 3,000 acres in the North Georgia Mountains. Lake Blue Ridge is managed by both the state of Georgia and the Tennessee Valley Authority, so you know it's well taken care of. It's also well fished, but bass fishermen turn out to catch large and smallmouth bass. It's also one of the lakes in Georgia where you can catch yellow perch and rainbow trout. With its beautiful setting, there is nothing like a day of fishing at Lake Blue Ridge.
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