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Fisheries Management

Angler Surveys

Anglers are a valuable source of information about fish population characteristics, fish survival rates and other information of value to fisheries managers. Information on current or ongoing angler surveys is presented here.

B.A.S.S. Tournament Creel - Annual Georgia Tournament Reports

Georgia B.A.S.S. club tournament data has been collected and analyzed from 1976-2014 by Dr. Carl Quertermus of The University of West Georgia and presented to the Wildlife Resources Division in the form of an Annual Report. The collection, analysis and reporting of B.A.S.S. Tournament data in 2015 and forward has been taken over by Fisheries Section staff.

Fisheries Section Annual Reports

Fisheries Management Section annual reports of activities, accomplishments and expenditures by Fiscal Year (FY). FY 2003 = July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003, and so on. Reports for all available Fiscal Years can be downloaded for viewing.

Georgia Walleye Production and Fishing Information

Did you know that there are walleye in Georgia? Find out more about WRD efforts to produce them for Georgia's anglers and learn how to successfully target these fish.

Those wishing to learn about fishing for walleye in Georgia click here.

Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction to the Coosa River Basin

Forty years have passed since lake sturgeon were caught from the rivers in Northwest Georgia. This magnificent fish is now getting a second chance in the Coosa River Basin with a little help from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Public Water Fisheries Management

Fishing is the most popular wildlife-related activity in Georgia. About 1.15 million resident anglers enjoy a variety of trout streams, warmwater streams and impoundments. The Fisheries Section manages these resources through several important activities.


Stocking and Pond Management

Follow the links below for more information on pond management and places to buy fish for your pond.

The Stream Survey Team

The Stream Survey Team (SST) is a small group of technicians, biologists and seasonal workers who monitor the health of Georgia's wadeable streams by surveying fish communities. The abundance and diversity of fish species in a stream reflects the overall health of the stream and its fish and wildlife habitat.

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LICENSES - 3 Ways to Buy

1. Phone 1-800-366-2661
2. Online - here
3. Retail License Vendor listing - here

Ranger Hotline


Report poaching and wildlife violations. You can receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest—even if you wish to remain anonymous.
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