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GEORGIA'S YEAR ROUND TROUT STREAMS BY COUNTY

NOTE: The following YEAR ROUND trout streams have special regulations, click here before fishing:
Chattahoochee River, Conasauga River, Mountaintown Creek, Noontootla Creek, Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek


BARTOW COUNTY
Connesena Creek watershed; Dykes Creek watershed; Pine Log Creek watershed; Pyle Creek watershed; Salacoa Creek watershed; Spring Creek watershed; Stamp Creek watershed; Two Run Creek watershed; Ward Creek watershed.

CARROLL COUNTY
Brooks Creek watershed; Mud Creek watershed; Tallapoosa River.

CATOOSA COUNTY
Dry Creek watershed (part of East Chickamauga Creek watershed) upstream of Catoosa Co Rd 257; Little Chickamauga Creek watershed upstream from Catoosa Co Rd 387; Tiger Creek watershed upstream from Ga Hwy 2.

CHATTOOGA COUNTY
Little Armuchee Creek watershed upstream from Co Rd 326; Storey Mill Creek watershed; Taliaferro Creek watershed.

CHEROKEE COUNTY
Bluff Creek watershed upstream of Cherokee Co Rd 114; Murphy Creek watershed; Pine Log Creek watershed; Salacoa Creek watershed; Sope Creek watershed upstream of Cherokee Co Rd 116; Stamp Creek watershed; Wiley Creek watershed.

COBB COUNTY
Chattahoochee River downstream to lower or most southerly crossing of I-285.

DADE COUNTY
Allison Creek watershed; Lookout Creek watershed upstream from Dade Co Rd 197.

DAWSON COUNTY
Amicalola Creek between Road S 2275 and Ga Hwy 53.

FANNIN COUNTY
Conasauga River watershed (except Jacks River watershed); Ellijay River watershed; Fightingtown Creek watershed; Noontootla Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed; Rock Creek Lake; Toccoa River (does not include tributaries unless listed).

FLOYD COUNTY
Dykes Creek watershed; Little Cedar Creek watershed; Silver Creek watershed upstream of Ga Hwy 1E; Spring Creek watershed (flows into Etowah River); Spring Creek watershed (flows into Alabama).

FORSYTH COUNTY
Chattahoochee River.

FULTON COUNTY
Chattahoochee River downstream to lower or most southerly crossing of I-285.

GILMER COUNTY
Ball Creek watershed; Cartecay River watershed; Conasauga River watershed (except Jacks River watershed); Coosawatee River from confluence of Cartecay & Ellijay rivers downstream to old Ga Hwy 5 bridge; Ellijay River watershed; Mountaintown Creek watershed; Noontootla Creek watershed; Sevenmile Creek watershed; Town Creek watershed; Wildcat Creek watershed.

GORDON COUNTY
Long Branch watershed; Pine Log Creek watershed upstream from Ga Hwy 53; Salacoa Creek watershed upstream from US Hwy 411.

GWINNETT COUNTY
Chattahoochee River.

HABERSHAM COUNTY
Chattahoochee River downstream to Ga Hwy 115; Liberty Creek watershed; North Fork Broad River watershed; Panther Creek watershed; Roberts Branch watershed; Sautee Creek downstream from Ga Hwy 255 Alternate bridge; Soque River watershed from King's Bridge (Ga Hwy 197 below mouth of Shoal Creek) downstream to the mouth of Deep Creek; Toccoa Creek watershed.

HARALSON COUNTY
Mountain Creek watershed; Tallapoosa Creek watershed; Tallapoosa River watershed upstream from Co Rd 222.

HART COUNTY
Savannah River from Hartwell Dam downstream to Richard B. Russell Reservoir.

LUMPKIN COUNTY
Chestatee River from Tate Bridge (first bridge below Turner's Corner) downstream to the mouth of Tesnatee Creek; Etowah River from Jay Bridge downstream to Castleberry Bridge; Yahoola Creek watershed from the mouth of Bryant Creek downstream to Ga Hwy 52.

MURRAY COUNTY
Conasauga River watershed upstream from the Georgia-Tennessee state line (except Jacks River watershed); Dill Creek watershed; Holly Creek watershed upstream from Dill Creek; Mill Creek watershed upstream from Murray Co Rd 27; Mill Creek watershed that is in the Holly Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed (most northern of two Rock Creeks within Holly Creek watershed) upstream from Murray Co Rd 301.

PAULDING COUNTY
Pyle Creek watershed; Simpson Creek watershed; Tallapoosa River watershed; Thompson Creek watershed; Ward Creek watershed.

PICKENS COUNTY
Ball Creek watershed; Bluff Creek watershed; Cartecay River watershed; Darnell Creek watershed; Fourmile Creek watershed; Hobson Creek watershed; Little Scarecorn Creek watershed; Long Branch watershed; Long Swamp Creek watershed upstream from Cove Creek; Mud Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed; Salacoa Creek watershed; Scarecorn Creek watershed upstream from Ga Hwy 53; Sevenmile Creek watershed; Sharp Mountain Creek watershed; Sope Creek watershed; Talking Rock Creek watershed upstream from S1011; Town Creek watershed; Wildcat Creek watershed.

POLK COUNTY
Cedar Creek watershed upstream from Polk Co Rd 121; Fish Creek watershed upstream of Plantation Pipeline; Little Cedar Creek watershed; Silver Creek watershed; Simpson Creek watershed upstream from Lake Dorene; Spring Creek watershed; Swinney Creek watershed; Thomasson Creek watershed; Thompson Creek watershed upstream of Polk Co Rd 441.

RABUN COUNTY
Chattooga River - entire length between Georgia and South Carolina; Chattooga River, West Fork -entire length; Little Tennessee River downstream from US Hwy 23-441 bridge; Overflow Creek watershed; Stekoa Creek watershed; Tallulah River downstream to Lake Rabun.

STEPHENS COUNTY
Leatherwood Creek watershed upstream from Ga Hwy 184 bridge; Little Toccoa Creek watershed; North Fork Broad River watershed upstream from SCS flood control structure No. 1; Panther Creek watershed; Toccoa Creek watershed upstream from Toccoa Falls.

TOWNS COUNTY
Brasstown Creek watershed downstream from US Hwy 76 bridge; Charlies Creek watershed; Hiawassee River downstream from Brown Bridge (second bridge above US Hwy 76/Ga Hwy 75); Hightower Creek downstream of US Hwy 76 bridge; Tallulah River.

UNION COUNTY
Brasstown Creek watershed downstream from US Hwy 76 bridge; Coosa Creek watershed; Ivylog Creek watershed; Noontootla Creek watershed; Nottely River from US Hwy 129-19 bridge downstream to Nottely Reservoir; Rock Creek watershed; Toccoa River (does not include tributaries unless listed); Youngcane Creek watershed.

WALKER COUNTY
Chattanooga Creek watershed upstream from Walker Co Rd 235; Concord Creek watershed; Duck Creek watershed; Gulf Creek watershed; Little Chickamauga Creek watershed; West Armuchee Creek watershed.

WHITE COUNTY
Chattahoochee River downstream from the Ga Hwy 75 Alternate bridge to the Ga Hwy 115 bridge; Dukes Creek watershed downstream from the US Forest Service property boundary; Little Testnatee Creek watershed upstream from the mouth of Turner Creek; Sautee Creek; Turner Creek watershed (one nearest to Cleveland City limits).

WHITFIELD COUNTY
Coahulla Creek watershed upstream from Whitfield Co Rd 183; Dry Creek watershed (part of East Chickamauga Creek watershed); Spring Creek watershed; Tiger Creek watershed.


SPECIAL TROUT STREAM REGULATIONS

While fishing specially regulated waters with a minimum size limit, it is a violation for an angler to possess a trout which is less than the specified minimum size regardless of where the fish was caught. The following trout streams and portions of trout streams have been set aside under special management programs to provide a variety of trout fishing opportunities:

CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER Anglers fishing the river from Ga. Hwy 20 to the boat ramp at the National Park Service Medlock Bridge Park immediately upstream of Ga. Hwy 141 are restricted to using artificial lures only. NOTE: The Chattahoochee River, within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, from Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek is closed to any use at night (30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise). Anyone in or on the river between Buford Dam and Ga. Hwy 20 bridge must wear a personal flotation device (life jacket).

CONASAUGA RIVER Anglers fishing the Conasauga River and its tributaries (except Jacks River watershed) upstream of the Georgia-Tennessee state line are restricted to using only artificial lures from Nov 1, 1998 - Mar 26, 1999. Natural baits may be used during trout season (3/28-10/31/98).

MOUNTAINTOWN CREEK Anglers fishing Mountaintown Creek and its tributaries upstream of Mountaintown Creek Watershed Structure No. 2 (Hills Lake) are restricted to using artificial lures.

NOONTOOTLA CREEK Anglers fishing Noontootla Creek and its tributaries on Blue Ridge WMA are restricted to using artificial lures. All trout less than 16 inches in length must be released immediately.

SMITHGALL WOODS - DUKES CREEK CONSERVATION AREA Dukes Creek and its tributaries within the state-owned Dukes Creek Conservation Area are open to fishing year-round under a permit system. To make a reservation call 706-878-3087. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used or possessed on the portion of Dukes Creek & its tributaries in White County on the Conservation Area, including the Ga. Hwy 75 Alternate right-of-way. Possession of any bait, lure, or gear not legal for use on the stream is unlawful. All fish caught from Dukes Creek & its tributaries on the Conservation Area, including the Ga. Hwy 75 Alternate right-of-way, must be immediately released where caught. No trout may be possessed while fishing on any stream on the Conservation Area or the Ga. Hwy 75 Alternate right-of-way.


Streams added in 1996:
  • Cartecay River watershed in Gilmer and Polk counties
  • Chattahoochee River in Forsyth, Gwinett, and Fulton counties
  • Chattahoochee River from Ga. Hwy 75 alternate bridge to Ga. Hwy 115 bridge in White County
  • Conasauga River watershed upstream from Ga.-Tn. state line in Murray, Fanin, and Gilmer counties
  • Dukes Creek watershed downstream of the U.S. Forest Service property boundary
  • Ellijay River watershed in Gilmer and Fanin counties
  • Fightingtown Creek watershed in Fanin county
  • Holly Creek watershed (inc. Dill Creek watershed) up from Dill Creek in Murray county
  • Leatherwood Creek watershed upstream from Ga. Hwy 184 bridge in Stephens county
  • Little Cedar Creek watershed in Floyd and Polk counties
  • Little Chickamauga Creek watershed upstream from Catoosa County Road 387 in Walker and Catoosa county
  • Little Tesnatee Creek watershed in White county
  • Little Toccoa Creek watershed in Gilmer county
  • Mill Creek watershed upstream from Murray County Road 27 in Murray county
  • Mountain Creek watershed in Gilmer county
  • Noontootla Creek watershed in Fanin, Gilmer, and Union counties
  • North Fork Broad River watershed upstream from SCS flood control structure No. 1 in Stephens county and the entire watershed in Habersham county
  • Panther Creek watershed (the remainder) in Habersham county
  • Rock Creek watershed (including Rock Creek Lake) in Fanin and Union counties
  • Stamp Creek watershed in Bartow and Cherokee counties
  • Stekoa Creek watershed in Rabun county
  • Storey Mill Creek watershed in Chattooga county
  • Taliaferro Creek watershed in Chattooga county
  • Talking Rock Creek watershed upstream from road S1011 in Pickens county
  • Tiger Creek watershed upstream from Ga. Hwy 2 in Catoosa and Whitfield counties
  • Toccoa Creek watershed above Toccoa falls in Stephens county and the entire watershed in Habersham county
  • Turner Creek watershed in White county
  • Yahoola Creek watershed downstream from the mouth of Bryant Creek to Hwy 52 in Lumpkin county

"Georgia has some excellent trout fishing waters, and we are pleased that trout anglers will now be able to enjoy their sport year-round," said Larry McSwain, Assistant Director of the DNR, Wildlife Resources Division. "We appreciate the support of Representative Carter, Senator Gillis, Trout Unlimited, the Georgia Wildlife Federation, and a number of other trout fishing enthusiasts who helped pass this legislation."


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