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  • Dredger's Weekly Report - More USFS Road Closures, March 1 Smith DH video, Walleye U

    urniak, JeffMar 2 at 3:15 PM
    USFS update on road closures:
    o https://www.facebook.com/ChattOconee...48149338558184



    Smith DH

    I took the long way home last night (3/1) and stopped by Smith DH to check water conditions. The creek was high, but still fishable in many spots. There was a slight stain to the water, but it was still fine for fishing. Two late, nonresident anglers on the creek had some success with eggs and rubberlegs. Bring long leaders and lotsa weight. Maybe my short video will play for some of you.
    [Sorry about the video...it was high. Windknot]
    For this weekend, trouters should aim for those smaller creeks that drain quickly or the small USFS and state park lakes (using float tubes, canoes, and kayaks) that have recently been trout-stocked. The bigger streams and rivers, like Ami, Toccoa, Tooga, etc will still have to recede and clear some more for their best and safest trouting opportunities. The USGS stream gauges and local tackle shops are your go-to intel when planning upcoming trips to big trout waters in the (sunny!!!) days ahead.

    Tooga discharge: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/sc/nwis/uv?site_no=02177000
    Tooga flow tips: http://rabuntu.org/site/about/educational-programs/secrets/more-winter-trouting-tips/
    -Durniak

    March 2 Walleye Update

    o While collecting broodfish from the headwaters of Blue Ridge Lake we saw decent numbers of walleye. Most of them were on the small side (2 pounds), but a few of the larger females stretched to about 4 pounds. We spoke to several anglers on the spawning grounds who were not having much luck in the short time before we arrived, but reported that a 7 pounder was caught last week. We are likely at peak spawning time now, so most walleye will be crammed into the extreme upper end of the lake at the mouth of the Toccoa River. Recent rains may have drawn even more walleye up to the spawning grounds, but might make fishing tough for a few days.

    - WRD fisheries biologist John Damer (706-295-6105)

    o This morning (3/2) Region 1 Fisheries staff collected broods for the last time this season from Lanier, Hartwell, and Yonah, and Blue Ridge. The high, muddy water made collections difficult because of low visibility, but there are still fish trying to spawn up the rivers. Transport vehicles and fish tanks from three different lake sampling crews converged here in Gainesville for the lunchtime handoff of 28 nice female walleye to Walton District biologist Keith Weaver. Keith will drive the final leg to the Go Fish Center hatchery in Perry, where these fish will be spawned.

    - WRD fisheries biologists Anthony Rabern and Pat Snellings (770-535-5498)


    I hope you enjoyed this Friday “extra” to the weekly fishing report. Thanks for buying your licenses. Good luck this weekend!



    Jeff Durniak
    North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor

    Wildlife Resources Division
    Last edited by Windknot; 03-02-18, 04:30 PM.

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  • #2
    Glad to hear the walleye are still able to reproduce at Lake Blue Ridge

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