Understanding Regulations and Requirements
Agreements with Bordering States
Reciprocal Agreements with Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina allow holders of Georgia fishing licenses to fish the waters covered by the agreement without obtaining a fishing license from the bordering state. Regulations under these agreements may differ from Georgia's general laws and regulations. If this is the case, the laws and regulations of the reciprocal agreement explained in this section are to be followed.
Waters Covered: The banks and waters of only that portion of the Chattahoochee River forming the boundary between Georgia and Alabama and Lakes Bartletts Ferry (Harding), George W. Andrews, Goat Rock, Oliver, Seminole, Walter F. George (Eufaula) and West Point. However, this agreement does not include that portion of West Point Reservoir lying upstream (north) of the Georgia Highway 109 bridge on the Chattahoochee River arm of the reservoir. The waters covered by this agreement do not include other streams or tributaries which flow into the Chattahoochee River or its impoundments or the portion of Lake Seminole covered by the reciprocal agreement with Florida. Lake Weiss is not covered by this agreement.
Creel and Possession Limits: All creel and possession limits on waters covered by this agreement are the same as Georgia's statewide limits.
Length Limits: Largemouth bass
Licenses: All persons meeting the sport fishing requirements of Georgia or Alabama may fish on the banks and waters covered without having to obtain any other license.
All other fishing laws and regulations of the State of Georgia apply in Georgia waters covered by this agreement.
Creel and Possession Limits:
Georgia Senior Citizens:
Florida Senior Citizens:
All other fishing laws and regulations of the State of Georgia apply on the Georgia side of the St. Marys River and the Georgia portion of Lake Seminole. Florida laws and regulations apply on the Florida side of the St. Marys River and the Florida portion of Lake Seminole.
Waters covered: Lake Chatuge and all tributary branches lying in Georgia or North Carolina which are accessible by boat from the main body of the reservoir.
All other laws and regulations of Georgia apply to the Georgia portion of Lake Chatuge. All other laws and regulations of North Carolina apply to the North Carolina portion of Lake Chatuge.
Waters covered: On the banks and in the waters of all channels of the Savannah River from its mouth to the junction of the Tugaloo (Toogaloo) and Seneca rivers; the Tugaloo River from its mouth to the junction of the Tugaloo and Chattooga rivers; and the Chattooga River to the North Carolina state line (35th parallel of North latitude at Ellicott's Rock). This agreement also applies to all the waters and banks of Clarks Hill Reservoir (Strom Thurmond); Richard B. Russell Reservoir; Hartwell Reservoir; Yonah Lake; Tugaloo (Toogaloo) Lake; the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam (see NOTE), and Stevens Creek Lake (except that portion on the Stevens Creek arm upstream of South Carolina Highway 53). This agreement does not apply to any flowing portions of tributary streams to these impoundments nor to tributary streams of the Savannah, Tugaloo, and Chattooga rivers.
Licenses: All persons meeting the freshwater license requirements of Georgia or South Carolina may fish on the banks and in the waters covered without having to obtain any other license.
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