SOCIAL CIRCLE - Aimlessly casting a line and hoping for a bite is history, thanks to Georgia's online fishing prospects.
Anglers of all skill levels can benefit from these guides that detail 31 reservoirs and 18 rivers and include maps, local weather forecasts, best bets and species-specific techniques, all in one convenient location: www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/opportunities.
Georgia's waters offer more than 500,000 acres of reservoirs and 12,000 miles of warm water streams.
Each fishing prospect guide includes best bets, technique tips, target recommendations and contact information as well as links to boat ramps, a lake map and local weather forecasts.
Lake prospects include Allatoona, Andrews, Bartlett's Ferry, Blackshear, Blue Ridge, Burton, Carters, Chatuge, Chehaw, Clarks Hill, Goat Rock, Hamburg, Hartwell, High Falls, Jackson, Juliette, Lanier, Nottely, Oconee, Oliver, Rabun, Randy Poynter, Richard B. Russell, Seminole, Sinclair, Tobesofkee, Tugalo, Varner, Walter F. George, Weiss and West Point.
Rivers detailed include the Altamaha, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Conasauga, Coosa, Coosawattee, Etowah, Flint, Ochlockonee, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Ogeechee, Oostanaula, Satilla, Savannah, St. Marys, Suwannee and Toccoa rivers.
The 2012 reservoir and river fishing prospect guides were compiled by Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division fisheries biologists and are based on sampling efforts, knowledge of past fishing trends, staff fishing experiences and discussions with anglers and marina owners.
Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license to legally fish in public waters. Where can you get a license? Buy it online or find a list of retail license vendors at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes or buy it by phone at 1-800-366-2661.
For more information on fishing opportunities in Georgia, visit www.gofishgeorgia/fishing/opportunities.