Georgia Public Fishing Area Regulations

Licenses:

  • Anglers aged 16 and older must possess a valid fishing license.
  • To access a PFA, visitors aged 16 and older must hold a valid license that permits fishing or hunting, or a Lands Pass (refer to License Requirements).
  • Not all PFAs offer on-site license sales, so please contact each PFA for specific details. Licenses can also be obtained online or by phone.

Length and Daily Limits:

  • Unless a pond or lake has posted different regulations, the following rules apply:
    • Length Limit: Largemouth bass must have a minimum length of 14 inches unless otherwise indicated.
    • Daily Limits:
      • Largemouth bass (unless otherwise posted): 5
      • Bream or sunfish (any one species or a combination): 15
      • Channel catfish: 5
      • For other species, refer to Game Species Daily Limits.
    • Grass carp must be released immediately.

Hours of Operation:

  • PFAs are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day unless specified otherwise at a particular PFA or posted on-site.

Hunting on Public Fishing Areas:

  • Some PFAs offer hunting opportunities, and you can find a complete list of PFA hunting opportunities and associated regulations in the Hunting Regulations Guide or by visiting GoHuntGeorgia.com.

Now, let's take a closer look at some of the specific Georgia PFAs:

Big Lazer Creek (Talbot County):

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Hybrid striped bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfish, Black crappie (Live fish, minnows, are allowed for bait).

Water: A 195-acre lake.

Facilities: Includes a concrete two-lane boat ramp, fishing piers, fish cleaning station, shooting range, restrooms, picnic tables, primitive camping, and some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Marben PFA (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Jasper/Newton Counties):

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Black crappie, Channel catfish (Live fish, minnows, are allowed for bait).

Water: Features 20 ponds totaling 293 acres, with sizes ranging from 1 to 95 acres.

Facilities: Offers various amenities like kids-only ponds, concrete boat ramps, boat docks, restrooms, fishing piers, fish cleaning station, picnic areas, primitive camping, shooting and archery ranges, and some fishing areas accessible to persons with disabilities.

Dodge County:

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfish, Black crappie (Live fish, minnows, are allowed for bait).

Water: A 104-acre lake.

Facilities: Provides concrete boat ramps, fishing piers, fish cleaning station, 3-D archery range, restrooms, picnic tables, a nature trail, some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities, and allows primitive camping.

Evans County:

Fish Species: Hybrid striped bass, Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfish, Channel catfish, Black crappie, Brown bullhead (Live fish, minnows, are allowed for bait).

Water: Three ponds totaling 122 acres (8, 30, 84 acres).

Facilities: Offers concrete boat ramps, picnic pavilion, event center, static and 3D archery ranges, fishing piers, fish cleaning station, restrooms, picnic tables, tent and RV camping in designated areas, and some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Flat Creek (Houston County):

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie (Live fish/minnows allowed for bait).

Water: 102-acre lake and a Kids Only special event pond.

Facilities: Concrete two-lane boat ramp, fish cleaning station, restrooms, picnic tables, grills, pavilion, bank fishing, archery range, fishing pier, and some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions from I-75: Take I-75 to exit 134 (South Perry Parkway), turn west onto South Perry Parkway, travel approximately 0.25 miles, and turn left (south) on Georgia Highway 41. Drive about 2 miles and turn left into Flat Creek Public Fishing Area.

Hugh M. Gillis (Laurens County):

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead.

Note: Largemouth bass between 16 and 24 inches must be released immediately. Bass up to 16 inches and over 24 inches can be kept (limit 5 per person).

Water: 109-acre lake and two 1-acre KFE ponds. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Facilities: Concrete boat ramps, fishing pier, fish cleaning station, restrooms, primitive camping, picnic tables, open-air covered pavilion (first come, first serve), and some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions from East Dublin: East on US Hwy 80 for 10 miles; left on Keens Crossing Rd. for 1.4 miles. PFA entrance on the right.

McDuffie (McDuffie County):

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish.

Water: 7 ponds varying in size from 5 to 37 acres (102 total acres).

Facilities: Concrete boat ramps, courtesy docks, fish cleaning station, fishing piers, restrooms, picnic tables, tent and RV camping in designated areas (visit GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com for pricing and reservations), archery range, hiking trails, picnic tables, pavilions, and some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions from Thomson: South on Hwy 17 to US Hwy 278; left (east) for 5.6 miles; right on Ellington Airline Road for 2.8 miles; right on Fish Hatchery Road for 0.8 miles.

Ocmulgee (Bleckley/Pulaski Counties):

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, White Crappie, Redear Sunfish, Yellow Bullhead.

Note: Largemouth bass are catch-and-release.

Water: 106-acre lake and Kids-only Special Event Pond. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Facilities: Two-lane Concrete Boat ramp, courtesy dock, fish cleaning station, 2 fishing piers, restrooms, picnic tables, bank fishing, and nature trail. Some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. Primitive (tent only) camping is allowed in a designated area near WMA.

Directions from Hawkinsville: Take HWY 341/27 south over the Ocmulgee River. In approximately a mile, turn left onto HWY ALT 129/26. Continue 0.3 miles and turn left onto Upper River Road. Travel approximately six miles then turn left onto Allison’s Landing Rd. In approximately a mile, fork right at the PFA sign.

Directions from Cochran: Take HWY Alt 129 North, turn left onto Porter Rd. Travel about eight miles and turn right onto Allison’s Landing Rd., then turn right into the PFA at the sign.

Paradise (Berrien County):

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead, Hybrid Striped Bass. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Note: Daily creel limit is five (5) hybrid striped bass.

Water: 68 lakes encompassing 525 acres of water.

Facilities: Restrooms, fish cleaning station, picnic area, concrete boat ramps, archery range, primitive camping (visit GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com for pricing and reservations), fishing piers, boat dock, nature trail, numerous bank fishing opportunities, and some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions from Tifton: East on US Hwy 82 for 8 miles to Whitley Road near Brookfield; follow signs from US Hwy 82 to the area.

Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area (Floyd County):

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Walleye. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait.

Water: Two lakes (202 and 357 acres). Heath Lake is open the 1st–10th of each month only.

Facilities: Concrete boat ramps, fishing jetties, restrooms, picnic shelters, scenic overlooks, hiking trails, biking trails, swimming beach, some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. Reservations required for tent and RV camping, group primitive camping, and group picnic area (visit GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com for pricing and reservations).

Fee: Daily or annual Rocky Mtn. PFA parking permit required (one per vehicle).

Restrictions:

  • All activities prohibited on upper and lower reservoirs.
  • It is illegal to possess alcoholic beverages.
  • Day fishing only.
  • No one may rappel, rock climb, or hang glide.

Directions from Rome: North on US Hwy 27 for 10.4 miles; left on Sike Storey Road 0.4 miles; left on Big Texas Valley Road 5.4 miles to entrance.

Silver Lake (Decatur County):

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead. Live fish (minnows) are allowed for bait except in Panic Pond.

Note: The harvest for largemouth bass in Panic Pond is one fish greater than 24 inches per day. Panic Pond is open to fishing Saturday – Monday and is closed to all fishing during July and August. The harvest of hybrid striped bass in House Pond is one fish not less than 18 inches in total length, and for Bluegill, redear sunfish, and warmouth is five (5) singly or in combination and not less than 8 inches in total length. House Pond is open only from sunrise on Thursday through sunset on Saturday.

Water: Thirty ponds totaling more than 480 acres.

Facilities: Five ponds with concrete boat ramps with accompanying service piers, restrooms, and primitive camping in designated areas. Some facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Directions from Bainbridge: South on Hwy 253 (Spring Creek Rd.) to Hwy 310 (Yates Spring Rd.); left for 2.5 miles; right on Silver Lake Rd. for 0.8 miles.

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