Re: Good Starting Place

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Posted by J Olliff on August 13, 1998 at 10:07:07:

In Reply to: Good Starting Place posted by Frustrated Florida Flyboy on August 12, 1998 at 14:23:26:


Jacksonville sure is a long way (to me, anyway) from
a N Ga trout stream. There are lots of good places to
go fish, but make sure you get a "North Georgia WMA
map". That shows the ways to and from the streams, most
of which are in fairly remote areas. Camping is allowed
on the WMA's and you might be lucky enough to get
to camp next to a stream. You can pick up those maps
at almost any state park in N Ga. I got mine at
Amicalola (?) Falls between Dahlonega and Ellijay
on Hwy 52.
As far as "close" places to catch trout, the 'hootch
from Atlanta to Buford Dam is a popular place, but be
prepared to face the crowds on the weekends. Most of
the other streams in the state are about 2 hours away
from Atlanta. Rock Creek on the Blue Ridge WMA is
a pretty popular destination with a good success rate.
There is a trout hatchery there and to get to Rock Creek,
go like you would to the hatchery and you will see the
creek at the road closer to the hatchery. You can
fish the creek from the hatchery north to the boundary
of the WMA. Nimblewill Creek and Etowah River on the
south side of Blue Ridge WMA used to be pretty good
producers, but I haven't fished 'em this year.
If you do go to one of the WMA's MAKE SURE you get
that map, I almost got lost one time when I didn't
have mine. I'm sure some of the other guys here will
point you to some other places, and there are plenty
of them.

Make sure you get that appropriate licenses, you would
hate to get caught with no license.

Have a good trip up and good luck fishing.

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