Understanding Regulations and Requirements

Freshwater Game Fish Daily Limits

It is unlawful to take in one day or to possess at any one time, except at a residence or commercial storage facility, more than the daily creel limit for each species.  It is unlawful to possess more than a total of 50 individuals of all the game fish listed in this section, except channel and flathead catfish.

Once the daily creel limit for a particular species is taken, it is unlawful to continue to fish for that species.

Exception:  Daily limits differ on certain waters shared by Georgia and South Carolina (see Agreements with Bordering States).

See special creel limits on Public Fishing Areas.

  • Bass.....10 Largemouth, Redeye (Coosa), Shoal, Smallmouth, Spotted, and/or Suwanee bass
  • Bream (see exception).....50 Flier, Spotted sunfish (stumpknockers), Rockbass (goggleye), Shadow bass, Redbreast, Redear, Bluegill, and/or Warmouth
  • Catfish.....No Limit Channel and/or Flathead
  • Crappie.....30 Black and/or White
  • Pickerel.....15 Chain, Grass and/or Redfin
  • Sauger.....8
  • Shad.....8 American and/or Hickory
  • Striped bass, White bass and/or Hybrid striped-white bass (see note & exceptions).....15 (only two can be 22 inches or longer)
  • Trout (see exception).....8 Brook, Rainbow, and/or Brown trout
  • Walleye (see exception).....8

Exceptions:

Bream: see South Carolina in Agreements with Bordering States.

Striped bass, White bass and/or Hybrid striped-white bass:

  • Limit taken from the North Newport River; Medway River including Mount Hope Creek; Little Ogeechee River; Ogeechee River; Oconee River downstream of Georgia Highway 22 in Milledgeville; Ocmulgee River downstream of the Georgia Highway 96 bridge between Houston & Twiggs counties; Altamaha River, St. Marys River, Satilla River; and the tributaries to these river sections; and from saltwater is a two (2) fish limit, both must be 22 inches in length or longer
  • Except (1): Limit taken from the Savannah River and its tributaries downstream of J.
    Strom Thurmond Dam is a (2) fish limit, both of which must be 27 inches in length
    or longer. This applies to striped bass, white bass, and hybrid white-striped bass.
    (2) Limit taken from Lake Richard B. Russell from the Russell Dam to Lake
    Hartwell Dam and Lake Secession Dam, all tributaries to Lake Richard B. Russell
    is two (2) striped bass per day, only one (1) of which can exceed 34 inches in length.

Trout:  See Amicalola Creek, Chattahoochee River, Smithgall Woods, Smith Creek, and Waters Creek under Trout Fishing Regulations/Special Trout Streams Regulations.

Walleye: Limit on Blue Ridge Reservoir is 15.






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