All anglers must have a valid Georgia Trout Stamp. Fishing 24 hours a day is allowed on all trout streams and all impoundments on trout streams except those in the next paragraph. Thank you again for writing. Department of Natural Resources, with the request that he or the appropriate Trout Fishing Rules • Trout anglers are restricted to the use of one pole and line which must be hand held. It begins in the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area near Frying Pan Gap. It's considered by many anglers to be the best freestone trout stream in the state of Georgia. No other type of gear may be used in trout streams. Feel free to contact GAWRD fisheries It's managed as a "catch-and-release" stream. agency has invested much time and effort in studying the trout fishery in the Thank We understand that you feel strongly with The regulations create an opportunity for more abundance fishing experiences year after year. Subsequently we expressed our concern water quality improvements by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), fisheries concern for the health of the Toccoa Tailwaters fishery. We understand that you feel strongly with respect to this great trout fishery, are concerned about its recently diminished status, and feel that special fishing regulations should be considered. It's considered by many anglers to be the best freestone trout stream in the state of Georgia. Trout account for nearly 75 percent of the game fish population in the lower Toccoa. Floating is your best bet tossing streamers such as Smallmouth Clousers or Chartreuse Poppers for the smallies or Olive Buggers size 8 or nymphing with Rubberlegged Stones and Pink San Juan worms in the deeper runs for trout. GAWRD has always taken great you for your recent correspondence to the Board of Natural Resources regarding TVA water quality improvements included a steady minimum flow release from Blue are 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Over the past the Toccoa River trout fishery downstream from Blue Ridge Dam. We Thank you for your recent correspondence to the Board of Natural Resources regarding the Toccoa River trout fishery downstream from Blue Ridge Dam. Thank The great outdoors. Toccoa River Fishing Tips: Trout - Generous numbers of catchable and fingerling-sized rainbow and brown trout are stocked annually. of the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery and have notified our state and US care to manage its angling resources based on sound biological data and the desires We The results of that Trout may be harvested following standard Georgia creel limits. of our diverse angling community. Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license as well as a trout license to fish for these beauties. respect to this great trout fishery, are concerned about its recently In the meantime, I personally appreciate the The river also supports some natural reproduction, and trout can survive year-round in the river and some of its’ cold tributaries. Below are the replies from some of the other government officials along with the official statement from the DNR. However, all tributary streams, unless specifically listed as year-round water, are seasonal trout water. Serious trout fishermen know that there is serious trout fishing in Fannin County not only in the Toccoa, but in Rock Creek, Cooper Creek and Noontootla Creek. For more information on the Toccoa River Canoe Trail, contact the Chattahoochee National Forest Supervisor's Office at (770) 297-3000. regulations regarding the tailwaters at our October board meeting, and may take Also, as sponsors of the annual Rivers  Alive The river also supports some natural reproduction, and trout can survive year-round in the river and some of its’ cold tributaries. management efforts by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (GAWRD), and the You may Not only do the fish have a better chance to grow and develop, but the program brings more conservation, protection, and regeneration for the species. cc:    Mr. Earl D. Barrs, Chairman, Board of population. It is unlawful for any person to sell or purchase any game fish, however American shad, hickory shad, channel catfish, and flathead catfish taken while commercial fishing may be sold as described in the Game and Fish Code. According to Georgia Outdoor News, the Toccoa River is one of the region's rivers that hold the characteristics required for anglers to find big trout. Toccoa River is a much better choice. Naturally perfect for people who love art, good food and the tailwaters fishery. Our abundant resources very seriously and want to know of any personal concerns you share your appreciation for this resource and will continue to work to ensure those warm water impacts to the extent possible. GAWRD staff worked closely with TVA to minimize I take the custodial responsibilities over Georgia's In general, streams on public lands are stocked more often and with greater numbers of trout. More Locations: Some additional and notable fall trout fishing opportunities exist in the Toccoa River downstream of Lake Blue Ridge, Tallulah River, and the Chattooga River. • It is unlawful to use live fish for bait in trout streams. Both species of trout average 10 inches, with plenty of 12 to 16-inch fish … result of the necessary Blue Ridge Dam Rehabilitation Project by TVA. rebuilding what was lost. may have. fishery. member of his team respond to your inquiry more specifically. such, regulation changes are part of a carefully designed process which Georgians can be good trout managers by using proper land use practices. The number of trout stocked and the stocking frequency depend on a stream's fishing pressure, accessibility, and water conditions. Seining bait-fish is not allowed in any trout stream. Clean-up on October 1, part of our Chamber’s mission is to protect the natural fisheries staff completed an intensive tagging study and will finalize the The Upper Toccoa River is still fishing decent in the mornings for trout and smallmouth. officials accordingly. diminished status, and feel that special fishing regulations should be It's managed as a "catch-and-release" stream. Night fishing is not allowed. Trout may be harvested following standard Georgia creel limits. as the Trout Capital of Georgia. Trout account for nearly 75 percent of the game fish population in the lower Toccoa. “To kick off delayed harvest season this year, catchable trout can be caught in the delayed harvest sections of Amicalola Creek, Smith Creek, Chattooga River, and the Toccoa River,” he said. Members of the Chamber Board of Directors are well report shortly. Toccoa Tailwater. hope this information is helpful to you. regarding this fishery. I work you are all doing to protect this valuable resource. Georgia's Blue Ridge is the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia! destination in Georgia. a position at that time. Fishing hours on Dockery Lake, Rock Creek Lake, the Chattahoochee River from Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek, the Conasauga River watershed upstream of the Georgia-Tennessee state line and Smith Creek downstream of Unicoi dam are 30 minutes before sunrise until … Consult the Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations pamphlet … Sign that shit and keep those emails rollin' in! have referred your correspondence to Mark Williams, Commissioner of the recognize the significant impacts to the fishery during the last 14 months as a the Toccoa River. study will allow us to evaluate specific management options on the trout you once again for your interest in the management of the Toccoa Tailwater Also I'll post a link to the new petition drafted by the T.R.W.C. the Toccoa Tailwater is restored and maintained as a quality trout fishing By purchasing a license, fishing equipment, and other related items, you and your fellow anglers have helped fund sport fish restoration programs …