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Trout Fishing

Trout Fest ’24 Includes Tagged-Trout Derby

The 7th annual Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival returns to downtown Blue Ridge in Fannin County on April 27. The event gathers fishermen, river sports enthusiasts and outdoor recreation fans and families at Downtown City Park for fun, education, food, entertainment and services while increasing the public’s knowledge of trout and cold-water conservation…

Rainbow Trout On Lake Blue Ridge

It was hours—three or more—and the trout fishing was slow from the git-go. Early March can be that way on the upper Toccoa River, where and when the water temperature is still in the mid-40s under continued-cold nighttime skies that leave frost behind at daylight. It can be downright cold—oftentimes, in the low 20s—in the…

Larger Trout As 2024 Stocking Begins

  As the end of March draws near, trout stocking trucks are loading up high-quality trout to head to your favorite north Georgia waterways. Over 200,000 trout are ready for stocking. Thanks to the long-standing partnership between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resource Division (GADNR WRD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

Proposed Changes To Trout Fishing Regs

DNR is looking for input from fishermen on several proposed changes to trout fishing in the state. One of the most notable proposals that is raising eyebrows is the dropping of size limits on Waters Creek in Lumpkin County. The well-known trophy trout fishing spot currently has an 18-inch minimum length limit on brook trout,…

Small Stream Magic For Wild Georgia Trout

“Bigger is better!” It’s a common phrase in many circles, and that turn of words might be heard most where fishing takes place… but maybe not in the circles of Georgia fly-fishermen who target trout on Peach State waters. When you join the fold of fly-fishermen who chase trout in Georgia, more often than not,…

Delayed Harvest Trout Regs Begin Nov. 1

If you were looking for a reason to go trout fishing, we have just the ticket. Beginning Nov. 1, trout fishing on Georgia’s delayed harvest trout streams will be in full swing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). While trout fishing can be found year-round in Georgia, there are…

Georgia Trout Hatchery Receives 222,000 Eggs From Montana

Despite losing more than 17,000 trout in a Labor Day Weekend flood at its Summerville Trout Hatchery, WRD is making good on its promise that it will not let the near disaster affect trout stockings in 2023. The hatchery just received 220,000 rainbow trout eggs from Ennis, Montana. It is the first of four egg…

Summerville Fish Hatchery Floods, Some Trout Escape

The Summerville Fish Hatchery in Chattooga County barely escaped disaster on Labor Day Weekend when it was hit with monsoon-like rains. The hatchery was hit with 14 inches of rain in less than eight hours, which caused its trout raceways and production ponds to overflow. That flooding allowed some trout to escape into the floodwaters.…

New Lake Burton Trout Record Just A Bit Bittersweet

Tom Fox realized a decades-old dream when he broke the Lake Burton record for brown trout recently, but he says the prize was a little bittersweet. GON has confirmed Tom’s 12-lb., 4-oz. brown trout as the largest-ever recorded from Lake Burton. Mixed in with Tom’s joy was a little heartfelt sadness for a young kid.…

Crazy Stories From The Trout Stream

I love to trout fish, and I go a lot. My fishing buddy Jerry Taylor and I hit the trout waters at least two or three times a week from when I limit out on turkeys to when bow season begins. Some jaw-dropping, frightful and “I can not believe that just happened” incidents have occurred…

Trout Recipes

Wild In The Kitchen: Venison Sausage Jalapeno Shots

Venison Sausage Jalapeno Shots There are plenty of wild-game recipes out there, but very few for wild-game appetizers. This appetizer is guaranteed to be a hit at your next backyard cookout. Plan on making two or three per guest. • Venison rope sausage • 1 block cream cheese • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese •…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Ground Venison Shipwreck Casserole

Ground Venison Shipwreck Casserole 1 pound ground venison 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, chopped 28-oz. canned diced tomatoes Nonstick cooking spray 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp black pepper 30-oz. pack frozen hashbrowns 4 cups grated cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 400. Set the oven rack in center. Spray 9×13-inch baking…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Cajun-Style Venison Hindquarter

Cajun-Style Venison Hindquarter This easy recipe is great in the crock pot, and It makes a complete meal. • 1 debonded hindquarter • Louisiana Cajun seasoning • Vegetable Oil • McCormick Au jus Gravy Seasoning (1-oz. dry pack) • Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (1-oz. dry pack) • 1 stick butter • 3 mild Pepperoncini pepper •…