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  • Dredger's Weekly Report - Back to Winter

    Thanks to everyone who came by the WRD booth and chatted with us at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show. It was a nice “reunion” with many friends, young and old. We hope everyone got our Monday email blast on warm weather fishing and enjoyed their brief taste of spring this week. Fish came up shallow and the catching was pretty darn good, considering that it’s early February. Now we’re going to cool off and get a dose of rain, so north Georgia anglers should again change their tactics to accommodate the new water temperatures and flows. Here we go:

    · Early Stockers

    Several Delayed Harvest and general regulation (harvest) waters have been stocked from Burton and Buford hatcheries during the last two weeks. We are making room for more fingerling transfers from Summerville Hatchery. Watch our Friday afternoon updates to the weekly stocking list for the latest intel:

    This week’s list will be fairly long. Best bets: small lakes, DH streams (brookie rumor…) Stamp, upper Hooch, Panther and Middle Broad, Holly, and Blue Ridge Tailwater.

    · DH Reports

    Hopefully WRD’s early intel this week (including fish pics from Tooga and Nan DH) put many of you on some fish, maybe even some risers.[0]=68.ARBuyx9ya4FWvBKYU7HMB509l7YZf_Xs_ZgK9B_glFkfMz O2c8mambaOqP_e-fwrj8C1rtrjQY2lErR9EbIElKRVQ7IBiu1xrorAEDPSxtb5xjq Dpqcsz90yTRk3j8Ey7Par25SoOdTEFXanl-33eAv3T5OyLTlSzWqhCS1yXpcGqJaG0aYmNvTHO9iYFkUJ709y jFX8i085SJkGqqWNHGICnzzpeLpsz1GUdz0e9M6iTpQcid1mmB 5STQGo_FrQHwYrg4l87q6L3hi_pOF-Y3qJKqaHw5Y6k1sabqIH0DdX2bi9nVKP-o51uVCRVCuq9pqEsXSmD1RUGUGf81G9&__tn__=-R

    We’ve had several more good reports this week from anglers who could play a little hooky during the warm spell.

    o Tooga:

    o Tooga:

    We used a variety of files from mop flies to woolly buggers. Even a San Juan worm and a purple soft hackle for a few. My buddies were stripping buggers and I was letting em swing. They seemed to do better stripping.

    - Rabunite Dale P.

    o Ami and Toccoa: pontoons for brookies anyone?

    o Smith:

    Lumis reported heavy weekend crowds, but he still brought five to hand during his morning wade.

    · DH Tips

    Now the weather will be changing,

    so DH anglers will have to change their tactics to match the new water conditions. First, check those stream flows on USGS gauges to see if your hotspots will still be wadeable after the coming rains. Second, watch stream temperatures. As they dive, you’ll have to follow. Change from your shallow dry/droppers

    back to your winter dredging rigs

    Hit the magic 11 AM-3 PM window of warmth if you see those stream temperatures sliding back down to the low forties or thirties.

    · Warm Spell Bluelines

    I went to my favorite wild brown stream in the Chattahoochee NF on Super Bowl Sunday. Nymphs bounced along the bottom has been working since Christmas.

    - Trout Camp Tumlin

    · Hooch Tailwater




    · Prepare for GA Walleye

    · Lanier Crappie

    Lake Lanier Crappie Fishing Report February 6, 2019

    This Lake Lanier Crappie report is from Dan Saknini, member of the Lanier Crappie Angler’s Club. See our club’s website, www.

    Water temperatures are fluctuating between 47 and 50 degrees, which is ideal for winter crappie fishing. Lake level is 1072, about a foot above full pool. Creeks in the northern parts of the lake have moderate to heavy stain, heavier in the backs of the creeks. The water begins clearing North of Clark’s Bridge on the Chattahoochee side of the lake and north of Yellow Creek on the Chestatee side of the lake. The water is also clear south of Brown’s Bridge. On calm days, you will still see evidence of floating debris. When the wind picks up, the debris quickly gets pushed to the side, but you still need to take care navigating. We are still fishing the river channel docks and we are still catching quality fish. We are taking advantage of this great weather and enjoying as much time on the lake as possible. It reminds us of spring, but as the saying goes, don’t count your chickens before they hatch! This is still winter, and I’ll be surprised if we don’t have more cold weather ahead. We are catching plenty of quality fish, but are not spending more than twenty minutes at a spot unless we hit the jackpot. Our number one bait remains Bobby Garland. If you haven’t already been on their website, check out the largest selection on the market of colors and options of Crappie jigs. I will be at Bass Pro Shops, Macon this Friday Feb 8th at 7:00 pm and Saturday February 9th 11:00 am and 2:00 pm for “Crappie Madness” seminars covering dock shooting and other Crappie fishing tips and techniques using Bobby Garland jigs. If you’re in the area stop by and say hello!

    Stay safe on the water and wear your life jacket!

    · Lanier Stripers

    Beautiful Day yesterday. Trolled an Umbrella Rig for a couple of hours on Lanier. Took a friend’s son. He caught his first Striper.

    - Jack Becker

    Academy Sports, Gainesville

    · Capt Mack’s Report

    · Ken’s Reservoir Reports

    · West Side Lakes:

    Carters' Linesides:

    Report courtesy of First Bite Guide Service

    Lineside fishing is good ! Carters has been producing well for us. All the major creeks are holding good schools of Stripers and monster Hybrids. Live bait is a must right now, but keep a rod ready for top-water action. On my last three trips to Carters, we have caught fish busting top water. A white Fluke has been working best, but that's a secondary bite and isn't nearly as consist as the live bait bite.

    Shad, trout and shiners are all working equally well on free lines, planer boards and down lines. This time of year I always run a full spread. I have been starting in the very back of the Creeks in the early morning. And working my way out to mid-creek by lunch time. We are even catching a few Walleye right now. Watch the weather and get out there when you can. If you don't have a boat give us a call. We have plenty of availability as of now.

    Allatoona Linesides:

    Report courtesy of First Bite Guide Service

    Well the lake is 18 feet below full pool and stained to muddy from little River to the dam and the loading docks are out of the water. About 90% of the ramps are unusable. But the good NEWS is the fish are EATING. This has been the Best winter bite I can remember.

    The best bite is within Eye-site of the dam from Stamp Creek to Red Top Mountain Campgrounds. Live bait ( Shad Shiners and small trout ) are all working right now. We are running a full spread of free-lines, planer boards and down lines. There is also a good artificial bite right now. Both The Captain Mack U-rigs and the Mini Macks are working well. The key to the rig bite is sunshine mixed with the cleanest water you can find. The spoon bite is also good right now. And the white bass are killing them. If you find a big school its common to boat 50 plus fish in a couple of hours. These fish are small but fun to catch!

    · Loss of a Legend

    When the sport fishing community thinks of legends, names like Lefty Kreh, Homer Circle, and Bill Dance often come to mind. But those of us who manage sport fisheries lost a true legend today. Anyone who knows where most of our money comes from will recognize the name John Dingell. You see, the Dingell-Johnson Act and then the Wallop-Breaux Act created and enhanced the federal Sport Fish Restoration Program.\

    In simple terms, this user-pay program means that sportsmen and women supported taxes on their sporting goods. Those tax revenues are then allocated back from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to state wildlife agencies based on criteria such as land size and number of paid fishing licenses. As a result, state agencies receive millions of dollars annually to enhance sport fishing and aquatic education opportunities for our constituents. You pay and you receive – from fish attractors to fish stockings to boat ramps to kids fishing events. Thanks to John Dingell and his congressional cohorts, your fishing is better than it would have been without all those angler funds, from a user fee program. Thank you Congressman Dingell. As the Rabunites say, may you have good luck fishing “around the bend.”

    · A Toast to Monte![0]=68.ARA---jDIPuORrDJ9YLnkb-7ph57SguuWWZ9YCdP_OyNDnb8r255xVzdIsgoSEEKmepQ8WjmN 1nvJyZH8IHyaomEzcwaj4dxDmzCr1tXO7S0xp6IO1MORev98tP j7vgt4sEFvvPVuRicgR9hYJaNldAgGiD9M4GHWmOYcySdvpU7q k57esQcaQzhdfqkF74el_YBbZF6OvrglnQMUb1s4OqJeOX6v8-uDYTHOxM1u_99TkyRSnwRLN1BnSrUeV1PVWGIIOEwsQh03yPBl r0-PpRlsUw6PPYEf5e1jX21EpKt1s1s4VpSLqMHvRKm9FrP7pvbY4 cD_YNkYgjiRQdL&__tn__=-R

    · TD Danny!

    One of our own was honored this week at the annual meeting of our professional society. The GA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society awarded Summerville Hatchery’s assistant manager Danny Edwards with its Fisheries Professional of the Year award for his outstanding achievements last year.

    Danny first hired and trained a brand new Tech 2, Auburn grad Eric Wittig. Just a few months later, our hatchery manager retired, and Danny and rookie Eric ran that hatchery, as only a two-man team, from November until a new manager arrived in June. The duo grew bumper crops of rainbow trout, sturgeon, and walleye fingerlings while maintaining an aged facility and avoiding fish losses due to challenges with water and power supplies. With the manager vacancy, Danny also handled nearly all of the nighttime and weekend security duty that is required at our WRD trout hatcheries. Summerville Hatchery and our state fisheries programs that rely on its fish production are lucky to have this dedicated veteran on our DNR Green Team! Thank you and congrats, Danny.

    · Upcoming Events

    o Feb 9 - Shrimp Fest

    Join that gang:

    o Bass Pro Shops Spring Classic (Feb 15- March 3)

    Note the Reel Turn-in Program! Consider turning in an old reel and upgrading to a new one. BPS donates those used reels to WRD and several other nonprofits, and they show up in kids’ hands. Two of our longstanding programs who benefit from the BPS used reels are Rabun Trout Unlimited and the Habersham County Extension Service. The Rabunites pass out free reels to Boy and Girl Scouts during their May cookout and fishing event at Rabun Gap School. Habersham extension agent Steve Patrick uses the reels to support many of his 4-H fishing programs for the county’s children.;__tn__=EHH-R

    Good luck this week as we switch back from summer to winter in north Georgia. While it’s going to be cooler, we won’t be frozen solid, and the fishing should be good if we go low and slow. Thanks for buying/renewing your fishing licenses and TU brookie license plates. We are putting your funds to good use on your favorite sport fisheries, so go fish Georgia soon.

    Jeff Durniak
    North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor

    Wildlife Resources Division

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