Trout Fishing in Georgia

County maps of trout streams and listing of stream names by county

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TROUT INFORMATION SHEET

Introduction

Georgia's approximately 4,000 miles of trout streams are relatively unproductive when compared to streams found in other parts of the country. This is, in part, due to the calcium deficient soils found in north Georgia. Therefore, to meet the demands of over 100,000 trout anglers, stocking and special regulations are used on some streams to maintain acceptable catch rates. The Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stock streams with rainbow, brown and brook trout from late March through August (learn about DNR trout hatcheries). The number of trout stocked and the stocking frequency depend on a stream's fishing pressure, accessibility, and water conditions. In general, streams on public lands are stocked more often and with greater numbers of trout. Trout fishing opportunities vary and include heavily-stocked high-use streams (better for beginners), wilderness streams, streams with special regulations, and small impoundments. Some "special regulation" streams offer trophy or catch and release fishing opportunities (tips on releasing fish).

Trout need clean, cold water to survive and reproduce. Georgians can be good trout managers by using proper land use practices. Trees left along stream banks provide shade to keep water temperatures cold while their root systems help stabilize stream banks and prevent soil from washing into the stream and smothering trout eggs and aquatic insects.

Most trout streams are located on private property and the land owner controls access to, and fishing rights in, such streams. It is your responsibility to know when you cross a property line. Always get permission from the land owner before entering or fishing on private property.

Special Regulation Trout Streams

The following trout streams have special regulations.  Click on the stream name to learn more before fishing:

  • Delayed Harvest Streams: (Click here for the full delayed harvest stream regulations).

A Delayed Harvest Program information sheet has been developed to help explain the program and offer some tips for enjoying the DH streams. 

Click on the stream names below to get a map of these special regulation sections (Adobe Acrobat Viewer required):

 

  1. Chattahoochee River (link to National Park Service maps - see Cochran Shoals, and East & West Palisades maps)
  2.  Toccoa River 
  3.  Amicalola Creek
  4.  Smith Creek 
  5.  Chattooga River  

*Definition of Watershed = a watershed is a stream and all its tributaries (streams flowing into that stream).

Bartow County

Boston Creek watershed upstream from GA Hwy 20; Connesena Creek watershed; Dykes Creek watershed; Pine Log Creek watershed; Pyle Creek watershed; Salacoa Creek watershed; Spring Creek watershed; Stamp Creek watershed upstream from Bartow County Rd. 269; Toms Creek watershed upstream from Bartow County Rd. 82; Two Run Creek watershed; Ward Creek watershed.

Carroll County

Tallapoosa River watershed north of I- 20, not including Little Tallapoosa River watershed.

Catoosa County

Dry Creek watershed, which is a part of the East Chickamauga Creek watershed, upstream of Catoosa County Rd. 257; Hurricane Creek watershed upstream from Peters Branch; Little Chickamauga Creek watershed upstream from Catoosa County Rd. 387; Tiger Creek watershed upstream from GA Hwy 2.

Chattooga County

Allgood Branch watershed; Chappel Creek watershed; Chelsea Creek watershed; East Fork Little River watershed, including Gilreath Creek; Hinton Creek watershed; Kings Creek watershed; Little Armuchee Creek watershed upstream from County Rd. 326; Mt. Hope Creek (Coon Creek) watershed; Perennial Spring watershed; Raccoon Creek watershed upstream from GA Hwy 48; Ruff Creek watershed; Storey Mill Creek watershed; Taliaferro Creek watershed.

Cherokee County

Bluff Creek watershed upstream from Cherokee County Rd. 114; Boston Creek watershed; Pine Log Creek watershed; Salacoa Creek watershed; Soap Creek watershed upstream from Cherokee County Rd. 116; Stamp Creek watershed; Wiley Creek watershed.

Cobb County

Chattahoochee River upstream from the mouth of Peachtree Creek.

Dade County

Allison Creek watershed; East Fork Little River watershed; Lookout Creek watershed, upstream from Dade County Rd. 197; Rock Creek watershed.

Dawson County

Amicalola Creek watershed upstream from GA Hwy 53; Anderson Creek watershed; Long Swamp Creek watershed; Nimblewill Creek watershed; Shoal Creek watershed upstream from the mouth of Burt Creek; Sweetwater Creek watershed.

Fannin County
Charlie Creek watershed; Flat Creek watershed; Rock Creek Lake; Star Creek watershed; Wilscot Creek watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed above except: Toccoa River watershed below the mouth of Stanley Creek to Blue Ridge Reservoir and tributaries of Blue Ridge Reservoir not listed above.
Floyd County

Dykes Creek watershed; Johns Creek watershed upstream from Floyd County Rd. 212; Kings Creek watershed; Lavender Creek watershed upstream from Floyd County Rd. 893; Little Cedar Creek watershed; Mt. Hope Creek watershed; Silver Creek watershed upstream from GA Hwy 1E (Floyd County Rd. 631); Spring Creek watershed, which flows into Etowah River; Toms Creek watershed.

Forsyth County

Chattahoochee River.

Fulton County

Chattahoochee River downstream to the mouth of Peachtree Creek.

Gilmer County

Harris Creek watershed; Johnson Creek watershed; Mountaintown Creek watershed; Tails Creek watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed above, except: Coosawattee River downstream from old GA Hwy 5 (Gilmer County Rd. 239), Talking Rock Creek, and tributaries to Carters Reservoir not listed above.

Gordon County

Johns Creek watershed upstream of Floyd County Rd. 212; Pin Hook Creek watershed upstream from Gordon County Rd. 275; Pine Log Creek watershed upstream from GA Hwy 53; Rocky Creek watershed upstream from Gordon County Rd. 210; Salacoa Creek watershed upstream from US Hwy 411; Snake Creek watershed.

Gwinnett County

Chattahoochee River.

Habersham County

Amy's Creek watershed upstream from GA Hwy 17; Chattahoochee River watershed upstream from GA Hwy 255 crossing of the Chattahoochee River; Liberty Creek watershed; Middle Fork Broad River watershed; Nancytown Creek watershed upstream from Nancytown Lake; North Fork Broad River watershed; Panther Creek watershed; Roberts Branch watershed; Soque River watershed upstream from the mouth of Deep Creek; Toccoa Creek watershed.

Haralson County

Flatwood Creek watershed; Lassetter Creek watershed; Mann Creek watershed upstream from Haralson County Rd. 162; Tallapoosa Creek watershed; Tallapoosa River watershed upstream from Co unty Rd. 222.

Hart County

Savannah River from Hartwell Dam downstream to Richard B. Russell Reservoir.

Lumpkin County

Amicalola Creek watershed; Cane Creek watershed upstream from the GA Hwy 52 bridge; Cavender Creek watershed; Chestatee River watershed upstream from the mouth of Tesnatee Creek; Dockery Lake; Etowah River watershed upstream from Castleberry Bridge; Shoal Creek watershed; Yahoola Creek watershed upstream from GA Hwy 52.

Murray County

Conasauga River watershed upstream from the Georgia-Tennessee state line (includes Jacks River watershed); Holly Creek watershed upstream from the mouth of Dill Creek, including Dill Creek watershed; Mill Creek watershed upstream from Murray County Rd. 27; Mill Creek (Hasslers Mill Creek) watershed, which is within Holly Creek watershed; North Prong Sumac Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed, the most southern of two Rock Creek watersheds which are in the Holly Creek watershed, upstream from Murray County Rd. 4; Rock Creek watershed, the most northern of two Rock Creek watersheds which are in the Holly Creek watershed, upstream from Murray County Rd. 301; Sugar Creek watershed upstream from Murray County Rd. 4; Sumac Creek watershed upstream from Coffey Lake.

Paulding County

Possum Creek watershed upstream from Paulding County Rd. 64; Powder Creek (Powder Springs Creek) watershed; Pyle Creek watershed; Pumpkinvine Creek watershed upstream from Paulding County Rd. 231; Raccoon Creek watershed upstream from State Route 2299 (Paulding County Rd. 471); Tallapoosa River watershed; Thompson Creek watershed; Ward Creek watershed.

Pickens County

Amicalola Creek watershed; Ball Creek watershed; Bluff Creek watershed; Cartecay River watershed; Cove Creek watershed upstream from Pickens County Rd. 294; Fausett Creek watershed; Fisher Creek watershed; Hobson Creek watershed; Little Scarecorn Creek watershed; Long Swamp Creek watershed, including Darnell Creek watershed, upstream from Cove Creek; Mud Creek watershed; Pin Hook Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed; Salacoa Creek watershed; Scarecorn Creek watershed upstream from GA Hwy 53; Sevenmile Creek watershed; Sharp Mountain Creek watershed; Soap Creek watershed; Talking Rock Creek watershed upstream from S1011 (GA Hwy 136); Town Creek watershed; Wildcat Creek watershed.

Polk County

Cedar Creek watershed upstream from Polk County Rd. 121; Little Cedar Creek watershed; Pumpkinpile Creek watershed upstream from Polk County Rd. 437; Silver Creek watershed; Spring Creek watershed; Tallapoosa River watershed; Thompson Creek watershed upstream of Polk County Rd. 441.

Rabun County

Bad Branch watershed (flows into Seed); Bad Creek watershed (flows into Tugaloo); Crow Creek watershed (flows into Seed; includes Slick Shoal Creek); Dicks Creek watershed (flows into Burton); Dickenson Branch (flows into Burton); Falls Branch watershed (flows into Rabun); Flat Creek watershed; Joe Creek watershed (flows into Rabun); LaCounts Creek watershed (flows into Seed); Moccasin Creek watershed (flows into Burton); Popcorn Creek watershed (flows into Burton); Seals Creek watershed (flows into Seed); Timpson Creek watershed (flows into Burton); Wildcat Creek watershed (flows into Burton); Worse Creek watershed (flows into Tugaloo); and all other streams or parts of streams not listed above, except: Tallulah River downstream from Lake Burton Dam, Chattooga River below Warwoman Creek, and tributaries to Burton, Seed, Rabun, Tallulah Falls, Tugaloo and Yonah reservoirs not listed above.

Stephens County

Little Toccoa Creek watershed; Middle Fork Broad River watershed upstream from NRCS flood control structure No.44; North Fork Broad River watershed upstream from NRCS flood control structure No. 1; Panther Creek watershed; Toccoa Creek watershed upstream from Toccoa Falls. Little Toccoa Creek watershed; Middle Fork Broad River watershed upstream from NRCS flood control structure No.44; North Fork Broad River watershed upstream from NRCS flood control structure No. 1; Panther Creek watershed; Toccoa Creek watershed upstream from Toccoa Falls.

Towns County

Bearmeat Creek watershed; Bell Creek watershed; Bugscuffle Branch watershed (Allen Mill Creek); Burch Branch watershed; Fodder Creek watershed; Hightower Creek watershed; Hiwassee River watershed downstream to Towns County Rd. 87; Hog Creek watershed; Shake Rag Branch watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed above, except: Hiwassee River downstream from Towns County Rd. 87 and tributaries to Chatuge Reservoir not listed above.Bearmeat Creek watershed; Bell Creek watershed; Bugscuffle Branch watershed (Allen Mill Creek); Burch Branch watershed; Fodder Creek watershed; Hightower Creek watershed; Hiwassee River watershed downstream to Towns County Rd. 87; Hog Creek watershed; Shake Rag Branch watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed above, except: Hiwassee River downstream from Towns County Rd. 87 and tributaries to Chatuge Reservoir not listed above.

Union County

Bracket Creek watershed; Camp Creek watershed; Conley Creek watershed; Coosa Creek watershed; Ivylog Creek watershed; Kiutuestia Creek watershed; Low Creek watershed; Nottely River watershed upstream from Nottely Reservoir; Youngcane Creek watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed above, except: Butternut Creek watershed, Nottely River downstream from Nottely Dam, and tributaries to Nottely Reservoir not listed above. Bracket Creek watershed; Camp Creek watershed; Conley Creek watershed; Coosa Creel watershed; Ivylog Creek watershed; Kiutuestia Creek watershed; Low Creek watershed; Nottely River watershed upstream from Nottely Reservoir; Youngcane Creek watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed above, except: Butternut Creek watershed, Nottely River downstream from Nottely Dam, and tributaries to Nottely Reservoir not listed above.

Walker County

Chappel Creek watershed; Chattanooga Creek watershed upstream from Walker County Rd. 235; Concord Creek watershed; Duck Creek watershed; East Fork Little River watershed, which flows into Dade County; East Fork Little River watershed, which flows into Chattooga County, including Gilreath Creek; Furnace Creek watershed; Gulf Creek watershed; Harrisburg Creek watershed, including Dougherty Creek watershed, upstream from Dougherty Creek; Johns Creek watershed; Left Fork Coulter Branch watershed; Little Chickamauga Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed, including Sawmill Branch, upstream from Sawmill Branch; Ruff Creek watershed; Snake Creek watershed; West Armuchee Creek watershed; West Chickamauga Creek watershed upstream from Walker County Rd. 107.

White County

Chattahoochee River watershed upstream from the GA Hwy 255 crossing of the Chattahoochee River; Little Tesnatee Creek watershed (includes Turner Creek watershed) upstream from the mouth of Turner Creek; Town Creek watershed upstream from the mouth of Jenny Creek.

Whitfield County

Coahulla Creek watershed upstream from Whitfield County Road 183; Dry Creek watershed (part of East Chickamauga Creek watershed); Snake Creek watershed; Spring Creek (Deep Spring Creek) watershed; Swamp Creek watershed upstream from Whitfield County Road 9; Tiger Creek watershed.


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