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Old 08-10-18, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Dredger's Weekly Tips - GAWRD North Georgia Weekly Fishing Report - Catching Up

We’re catching up around here. After a busy spring of “stocking and shocking,” some of our folks are finally catching up at work and even taking some time off to enjoy a little vacation time with family and friends. I hopped a flight to catch up with my best fishing buddy, Mom, now in a superb nursing home with caring staff and awesome chefs. In her day, she led her two young, pre-teen sons on trouting treks thru the Muskie and South Branch Raritan. Clad in hip boots and armed with Mepps spinners and salmon eggs, the trio was deadly on Jersey stockers as they began their trouting careers. And she enjoyed our four decades of predawn trips to Sandy Hook, Point Pleasant, and Seaside, casting “metal” and poppers into the surf in search of bass and blues. When she still had her faculties, this retired RN even found the place, spoke RN-ese to the nurses on station, and pronounced, “this is where we’re putting Dad. And if I ever need that level of care, you boys put ME here, too.” And we honored her word. Little Nursing Home, you folks rock!

I also caught up with a great young friend. I can’t call him a kid any more, since he’s as big as I am and a lot stronger and faster than me. Despite a U of Vermont Fisheries degree, he’s loving life as an urbanite and public protector, following his father’s hallowed footprints:

But once upon a time, Pat was a scrawny little dude that loved fishing. So his Rabunite buddies would take him fishing each spring, when he flew down here on school breaks. Favorite Flatlander Henry C motored him around Lanier, tossing Something Elses at spots and stripers. And on my own trips home to see my folks, we’d try our best to fit in a fishing trip to a Joisey beach or trout stream.

And while we caught up on life last week, he got the itch again. So we walked the length Ken Lockwood Gorge to scratch that itch. Hopefully he’ll return there soon, with his four-weight instead of his striper stick, and with a hare’s ear instead of a live menhaden. And his Rabunite stealth technique, learned from hillbilly masters such as Doug Adams and Jimmy Harris, will again connect him to some scrappy salmonids.

Yes, indeed, it was fun “catching up” last week. Now let’s get back into the flow down here and catch up on some JoJa news:

· The New Chipper
Okay, okay, the old Chipper is now in the Hall of Fame. Yay! Now we welcome the new Chipper:

With our first pick in the 2018 fisheries biologist draft, the North Georgia Region Fisheries Team selects Hunter Roop from the University of Georgia. Hunter has both a BS and MS degree from that institution. He’ll fill the Gainesville biologist slot vacated by Pat Snellings last spring, when Pat opted for free agency with Humminbird Corporation. Hunter will work with fisheries tech Chris Looney on Lanier, the Lanier Tailwater, and many other waters as he assists our region’s other four biologists. Please welcome Hunter and give him a chance to read our region play book and get his swing down. Soon he’ll have a hall of fame batting average in managing these important fisheries resources for you. Hunter can be reached at our office number (770-535-5498) or via email at Hunter.Roop@

· Lanier Reports

· Hartwell Profile
Please see the attached.


Tony Anderson
Fisheries Technician III
Wildlife Resources Division
(706) 947-1502

· Great local articles here:
You can pick up a free copy of this magazine at many tackle shops and small businesses in metro Atlanta and across north Georgia. Bob Rice and his cast of north Georgia authors do a fine job of sharing fishing tips and reports on our favorite waters. Their Facebook page also has some great pics and stories. Have you seen this one? Who’s fish is it, anyway?

· Small Lakes
Dredger hit Unicoi lake again and got into some decent bluegills, including one whopper that inhaled the #4 stealth bomber that was aimed for bass. While the bass were scarce, the chunky bream more than made up for them.

· Hooch Tailwater
o Jeff, the cold water below Buford Dam was good to me this week. Fished from the bank & caught my limit of rainbows. All nice size & my first Brown Trout. What beautiful color! I released it. Academy Jack

· Blue Ridge TW

· Bluelines
Hint: big bugs. Veteran blueliners are “plopping” down beetles and hoppers right now to entice the good’uns. Try a bigger bug in a favorite summer flavor: black or yellow, and use a heavier tippet to avoid the dreaded tippet twist.

· Stockers
John Lee Thomson’s best bets this week are: Hartwell, Lanier, and Blue Ridge tailwaters, Tallulah, Rock, Dicks, upper Toccoa, Wildcat, Cooper, and Hooch on WMA.

He also sent in this report and photo on a satisfied Hooch customer, Luke G from south Georgia, with some stockers he caught on the Chattahoochee WMA.


A huge thanks for all your help. We had a blast and caught plenty of nice fish. We fished the Chattahoochee above and below the bridge and fished Smith creek too.
Many thanks again and we appreciate all that you and your team do for the fishery in North Georgia!!!

I attached a few pics of my son’s catch.

Best Regards
Dominic and Luke

· Good North GA Fishing Blog

· Field Day

Good luck this week with your own catching up, with friends, family, and favorite places. Make some memories that will last a lifetime. You’ll be glad you did.

Jeff Durniak
North Georgia Region Fisheries Supervisor

Wildlife Resources Division

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