Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Commercial fishermen can take to the water beginning at 6 a.m. on January 1, 2014 to take advantage of the opening day of shad season, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). Shad season runs through midnight on Monday, March 31, 2014.
Fishermen need to be aware that, due to a recent change in the commercial shad fishing regulations, the Ogeechee River is no longer open to commercial shad fishing.
The 2014 shad season includes the following specific regulations for rivers:
Following are some guidelines to ensure nets used for commercial shad fishing are legal:
Commercial shad fishermen must have a valid Georgia commercial fishing license. Commercial licenses can be obtained at the Coastal Resources Division office in Brunswick. Applications for commercial licenses are also available at www.georgiawildlife.com/commercial-licenses  or WRD offices.
Vessels must be registered for use on Georgia waters. Vessel registration information is available at www.georgiawildlife.com/boating/registration . Boats used below the saltwater demarcation line for commercial fishing need additional registration. Visit www.coastalgadnr.org  for information.
Georgia’s commercial fishing regulations require that fishermen must report the harvest of American shad to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division. Obtain harvest reporting forms by contacting CRD’s Julie Califf at 912-264-7218.
For a complete set of commercial fishing regulations, visit www.coastalgadnr.org  or contact any of the following WRD law enforcement offices: Brunswick (912) 264-7237; Thomson (706) 595-4211 or Metter (912) 685-2145.