Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting a program on fall trout fishing in Georgia. We talked about the how and the when of fishing for fall trout – and, at the very end, we talked about some good places to go for exciting fall trout fishing action.
After the presentation, I had the opportunity to visit with a number of the trout fishing enthusiasts in attendance. We swapped stories (only slightly embellished, I’m sure!), and I tried to answer some questions for folks too.
Among the questions that came up were “What’s fishing good right now?” and “How can I find out if such-and-such a stream has been stocked?” and “How do I find a place to fish?” There were lots of others too.
In some circles, the answers would be closely guarded secrets. But that’s not the case here in Georgia!
Take, for example, that question about what streams have been stocked recently. Thanks to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (and to the wonders of the interweb), there’s an easy way to find out.
I’ll tell you how to do so in a minute.
But before I do, I want to tell you that the Department of Natural Resources puts a LOT of great online fishing information out there too. The stocking info is just part of it – and for anglers, ALL of it is fun to explore.
So without further delay, here’s how to jump in. Start by going to georgiawildlife.com (that’s the Georgia DNR website) and select the “Fishing” tab. Right away, a bass will appear in the corner of your screen along with an invitation to sign up for fishing updates. If you’re like me, all fishing info is good fishing info, so you’ll want to click on the bass and add your name to the email list.
For trout-specific info, click on the “Trout Fishing” tab. In that case, it’s a brook trout that invites you to sign up.
But that’s just the beginning.
You can also click on the “Trout Stocking Information” tab, which takes you to a yearly stocking calendar. Below it is a “Weekly Stocking Report” that identifies streams which have been stocked that week. That latter link can provide great (and very timely) info when you’re planning a trip.
In addition to the stocking info, I’ll bet you’ll also be interested in the “Trout Stream Destinations” and “Trout Stream Interactive Map” links.
And here’s one more that I think you’ll especially enjoy. From the main fishing page, check out the “Georgia Fishing Blog” too. Updated every week, it is absolutely loaded with fishing info from Department of Natural Resources fisheries professionals from across the state. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best informational resources you’ll find.
Georgia DNR has done a great job with these informational sites. Next time you see someone in a DNR uniform, be sure to tell them thank you!
I must add a warning, however. These sites are addictive. Please don’t start exploring them if you have a deadline to meet, because I can almost guarantee that as you explore them you’ll lose track of time!