Jan. 1—SOCIAL CIRCLE — The 2023 New Year's resolutions of outdoorsmen and -women are likely to include spending more time outdoors and wetting a line at their favorite lake, pond, stream or river. To help them plan, the updated 2023 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide is now available, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division.
"The Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide is always a great place to start planning a fishing trip, whether you are brand new to fishing or an experienced angler," Scott Robinson, chief of the WRD Fisheries Management Section, said in a news release. "We develop this publication with the help of fisheries biologists and staff to ensure it has the most current and accurate information on regulations and new opportunities, and we make sure that anglers can access it in multiple ways, including online, from our Outdoors GA app or in the printed copy."
The guide is currently available online at eregulations.com/georgia/fishing, or through the Outdoors GA app (free app for iPhone or Android users). For those who need a printed copy, a pdf of the publication is available online at the previously mentioned link. Interested persons can print the full book or only the information they need, or they can visit a local recreational license vendor or a Wildlife Resources Division office (GeorgiaWildlife.com/about/contact) and grab a printed copy of the guide.
The 2023 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide provides information such as a color fish identification chart for both freshwater and saltwater fish, license purchasing information, contact information for Wildlife Resources Division and Coastal Resources Division fisheries management offices and DNR Law Enforcement offices, trout stream listings, public fishing area information, state record fish listings, fishing regulations for Georgia and so much more.
What's new for 2023? Check out the quick bullet list below and get all the details in the new guidebook:
— Seven new state records were caught in 2022. Will you get the first of 2023?
— House Pond at Silver Lake Public Fishing Area has updated regulations.
— Blueback herring may now be used for bait on Lake Allatoona.
Those who need more fishing information can check out the Angler Resources page on the WRD website (GeorgiaWildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources).