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Trout Fishing

Georgia Trout Unlimited Chapter Earns National Honor

The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited (UCCTU) was awarded the Gold Trout Award at the recent annual meeting of Trout Unlimited in Rogers, Ark. The Gold Trout Award, TU’s highest award for chapters, recognizes the top chapter across the United States out of 386 that took innovative and thoughtful approaches over the year to…

Lucas Catch All Spinners Get A New Flash

  Any angler who has spent time up the Oconee River during the annual spring white bass runs is either casting or has seen someone throwing an Original Lucas Catch All. This small inline spinner has been a local standard for about 30 years. The Lucas Catch All is made by Lynn Lucas, of Eatonton,…

2019 Blue Ridge Trout Fest Is April 27

The Blue Ridge Trout Festival & Outdoor Adventures event—the Official Trout Festival of Georgia—gathers fishermen, river sports enthusiasts and allied outdoor recreation fans and their families in Blue Ridge for fun, education, food, entertainment and services while increasing the public’s knowledge of trout and the conservation ethos associated with Trout Unlimited. This year the annual…

Georgia Trout Stocking For 2019

Last year, more than one million trout were stocked in Georgia. This year, that number should increase. The 2019 trout stocking effort is already underway, thanks to trout hatchery staff with the Georgia DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “This is the second year of our initiative to stock larger trout in Georgia,…

Toccoa River Trout Top To Bottom

From its smallest creeks to its heavy tailwater flows, the southern reach of the Appalachian Mountains is home to Georgia trout fishing. Embedded in these Southern mountains lies the Chattahoochee National Forest, a wide swath of forestland—more than 750,000 acres of pines and hardwoods—that pours out the cold, clean water Georgia trout require to survive.…

Bamboo Fly Rods

Anyone can buy a ready-to-fish fly rod outfit complete with a reel, line and maybe even a few flies at any sporting retail store for less than $100, but many people want something different. A good custom fly rod might cost several thousand dollars and could take months to arrive. However, Bill Oyster, owner of…

Lake Lanier Rainbow Trout Record

A new Lake Lanier rainbow trout record has been set. The initial record was caught almost 50 years ago by Charlie Hobbs Sr. with an 8-lb., 5-oz. giant. Brooke Wheeler and her boyfriend, Landon Crafton, began the day of March 2 in Shoal Creek. They were after spotted bass while targeting rocky points.  After running…

Rare Rainbow Trout Caught On Lake Oconee

On Feb. 24, Mac McCutchin, of Greensboro, caught a rainbow trout from Lake Oconee that weighed 1 1/2 pounds and measured 15 inches long. Mac was fishing off his dock hoping to catch some crappie. “When I first got out there, I caught some crappie and a couple of catfish,” said Mac. After two hours,…

Flood Damage Impacts Dukes Creek Trout Fishing

Severe flooding the last week of May in White County created enough damage at Smithgall Woods State Park-Dukes Creek Conservation Area to force a temporary change to trout fishing access on the area’s 4 1/2 mile stretch. Because of flood damage, only Section 1 of Dukes Creek and a small part of Section 2 will…

Georgia Trout Camp 2018

Twenty-one boys and three girls ages 12 to 15 from across Georgia recently participated in the 15th annual Georgia Trout Camp, sponsored by Georgia Trout Unlimited. The camp, which is the second largest and the third oldest trout camp in the United States, took place at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Clayton. Kids learned and…

Trout Recipes

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Wild In The Kitchen: Poor Man Peking Duck

Poor Man’s Peking Duck Upscale Chinese restaurants offer peking puck, a famous dish dating back more than 400 years. The traditional method uses a specific rare duck, and it takes days to prepare. We’ll make our version using a mallard, and it will only take about four hours. 1 mallard plucked, cleaned 1 bunch green…

Wild In The Kitchen: Easy Venison Pot Roast

Easy Venison Pot Roast Every hunter needs a tender venison pot roast full of rich meaty flavor in their cooking arsenal. A venison sirloin is the perfect cut of meat for a roast. • 1 sirloin roast • Small red potatoes left whole • 1 small bag baby carrots • 1 large yellow onion, chopped…

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 •…