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Trout Fishing

Lake Burton Record Rainbow Trout Caught Trolling

Darryl Stephens was fishing at Lake Burton with his wife on July 12 when he reeled in a 5-lb., 8-oz. rainbow trout, which creates a first-place tie for biggest rainbow ever recorded from this north Georgia reservoir. The other record trout from Burton was caught on July 24, 2016. The husband-and-wife fishing duo got on…

Blue Ridge WMA Trout “Thieves” At Large

The soft churning of a mountain stream. The search to find the perfect “hole” to run a spinner or toss some PowerBait through. The sharp bend of the rod as a flash appears from seemingly nowhere to run with your line. The feeling of accomplishment as you bring this twisting and flipping creature to the…

New Lake Burton Brown Trout Record

Not many people can say they have caught a lake record fish as an experienced angler, but 7-year-old Camden Rinckey can go ahead and check that off his bucket list. His 11-lb., 14-oz. brown trout is now the largest brown ever recorded from Lake Burton. Camden was up before the crack of dawn with his…

Students Release 200 Stocked Trout Through TU Program

Forty students from St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta recently released trout into a stretch of the Chattahoochee River in Fulton County as part of the Trout in the Classroom project. This program is sponsored nationally by Trout Unlimited and supported locally by the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited. This environmental education…

Monster Browns Of The Chattahoochee

Its banks are not much to look at. Muddied. Eroded. Developed. Trashed. No doubt, the Chattahoochee River, where it runs through the northern metro Atlanta suburban landscape, leaves little to the imagination of trout anglers anywhere else. But here in Georgia, we learned long ago that the water that runs between those adjectives is clean…

Georgia Trout: Not The West, But…

Nope. Georgia is not the West. But trout fishing in Georgia is not unlike the West… where nimble fly-rodders test technical skills on small, wild trout streams. Where trolling for large lake-bound trout is executed with electronic aids and flashy rigs. Where driftboats carry anglers over long river glides and rocky shoals. Where dams pour…

Wildcat Creek Campground Closed, Fishing Still Open

Wildcat Creek has always been a popular destination for trout anglers. This small stream that runs through a portion of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Rabun County is stocked seasonally with trout and has offered two primitive campgrounds for a fee of only $10 a night. However, a short while back, GON received a phone call from…

Rare Fish Caught In Lake Allatoona

Bob Geresti didn’t expect his last-minute decision to go fishing one afternoon on Lake Allatoona to result in catching a rare breed of trout. A tiger trout—a cross between a brook and a brown trout—is a rare find in any Georgia lake, and until now one has never been documented from Lake Allatoona. The fish was…

Family Float And Fish On The Nottely River

Hopefully, wherever it is that you are reading this issue of GON, the air conditioner is on full blast and working just fine, and you have a cold glass of sweet tea close by. Without a doubt, the dog days of August in the Peach State are about as hot and miserable as they can…

The Story of Blue Ridge, The First WMA

The story about how Georgia’s first WMA was created is a rich blend of history, perseverance and vision. Being the first of its kind in the nation in which a partnership was formed between a state agency and the federal government, its creation in 1936 was a historic event and one of the Peach State’s…

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 •…