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Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) are great places to go for family outings. Many PFAs offer scenic kid-friendly bank fishing areas.
Locations below are listed by regions and their contact information. Check out the Georgia WRD Map that shows where these Wildlife Management Areas, Wildlife Public Fishing Areas, Natural Areas, Environmental Education Centers and Archery-Firearms Ranges are located in the state.
Fisheries Management Section Offices:
BulletAlbany: 229-430-4256 BulletBurton: 706-947-3112 BulletCalhoun: 706-629-1259 or 770-387-4821 BulletCharlie Elliott Wildlife Center: 770-784-3059 BulletDawson: 229-995-4486 BulletFort Valley: 478-825-6151 BulletGainesville: 770-535-5498 BulletSocial Circle: 770-918-6418 BulletSummerville: 706-857-3394 BulletThomson: 706-595-1619 BulletWest Point: 706-845-4180
Fishing on Wildlife Management Areas
Bullet Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed on WMAs according to state-wide regulations. Alcohol use is prohibited on WMAs except in designated camping areas. Refer to the Hunting Regulations guide for a complete list of WMA regulations.
Bullet A Fishing License only is the only requirement to fish on WMAs (plus a Trout License is also required to fish designated trout waters on a WMA). A Fishing License and a WMA License is required to fish on state Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) and Waters Creek Trophy Trout Stream on Chestatee WMA.
Bullet Beaverdam WMA, Tuckahoe WMA and Yuchi WMA have state-operated boat ramps that allow for fishing access to public rivers and waters.
Perfect Family Areas
Public Fishing Areas are great places for family outings. You can fish from the bank or a boat, picnic, hike, watch wildlife, camp (not all PFAs provide camping, check individual PFA pages at links on the right for more details), and enjoy being outdoors. Good bank fishing opportunities are available at all PFAs and many of them have special kids fishing areas for young anglers. So check out a PFA and see what you, your family, and friends have been missing!
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What to expect at a PFA
Bullet Clean, safe, well-maintained, and family-friendly fishing environment. A variety of fish species available for harvest and the potential for catching a fish of a lifetime at some PFAs. Fish species available to the angler include: largemouth bass, bream (bluegill & redear sunfish), channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, and crappie.
Bullet Fish that are have been tested for contaminants for your safety - PFA lakes have been sampled as part of the DNR fish consumption testing program.
Bullet Intensively managed lakes and ponds including those that receive fertilization and liming to increase fish harvest opportunities. You can find just the right water body for your fishing experience.
Other Amenities
BulletBoat ramps and fishing piers at many lakes.
BulletRestrooms and vending machines (drinks and snacks at some PFAs).
BulletOn-site maintenance staff and Area Managers at many PFAs.
Things to Know Before Fishing
Bullet Licenses:
Anglers 16 years of age and older must posses a current fishing license and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) license to fish.
Bullet A WMA license is not required to fish at Rocky Mountain Recreation & PFA.
Senior (65+) Lifetime and Honorary License holders are not required to possess a WMA license to fish.
Bullet If you possess a Sportsman's License or a One-Day Fishing License (resident or nonresident) you are not required to possess a WMA license.
Bullet PFAs are open year-round, seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.
Bullet Length limit for Largemouth bass - 14 inch minimum
Daily Possession Limits
BulletLargemouth bass - 5 BulletBream or sunfish (any one or a combination) - 15 BulletChannel catfish - 5 BulletGrass carp (white amur) must be immediately released.
Fishing at McDuffie PFA
Operation of Boats
BulletYou can operate fishing boats propelled by paddles, oars, or electric motors on ponds or lakes, unless otherwise posted.
BulletYou can operate outboard motors at idle speed only on lakes posted as open to the use of outboard motors.
Unlawful Activities
BulletConsume alcoholic beverages except at campsites on the area. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on Rocky Mountain Recreation & PFA.
BulletFish except during the time between sunrise and sunset.
BulletFish in a pond or lake that has been posted as "closed".
BulletFish with any gear other than pole and line.
BulletFish with more than two poles and lines.
BulletUse or possess live fish for bait, unless the lake or pond has been posted otherwise.
BulletOperate personal watercraft (jet skis), sailboats, or sailboards.
BulletPark a vehicle at any place within a PFA where signs prohibit parking.
BulletDrive or otherwise operate a vehicle on any road posted "closed" to vehicular access, drive around a closed gate or cable blocking a road, or drive on any road that is not receiving maintenance for the purpose of vehicular access.
BulletCamp any place other than designated camping areas. Note: Contact the PFA before visiting for all regulations regarding camping.
BulletSwim, except at Rocky Mountain Recreation & PFA beach.
BulletFor children under 14 years of age to enter or remain on any PFA unless under the supervision of an adult.
BulletFor horses to be on areas other than those designated as open to equestrian use.
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