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Trout Fishing

Rabun County… Georgia’s Special Corner

Wading downstream to see how Austin Carpenter and Zac Chapman were faring on their home waters of the Chattooga River, camera in hand, I rounded a bend to see Austin fly casting to the far bank of the river with the expertise of someone far beyond his 20-something age would typically command. Just downriver of…

Conservation Law Enforcement Corner – June 2024

White County: During the height of the COVID lockdown madness in May of 2020, poachers might have thought it was a good time to get away with some shenanigans. Bad thought. By May of that year, most Georgians were over everything COVID, and hunting and fishing were all the rage. And game wardens were certainly…

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.…

Trout Recipes

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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 •…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Creamy Garlic Wild Hog Pork Chops

Creamy Garlic Wild Hog Pork Chops A deer hunter told me the other day he had encountered his first feral swine on his property. I asked what he had done with the animal. He said he dug a hole and buried it. “Those things are not any good to eat, you know,” he said. Here’s…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Venison Crockpot Stew

Venison Crockpot Stew This is a great recipe to greet you and your buddies after a day of hunting in the cold at the hunting club, or just a way to share your bounty with your family. It makes a hearty stew that smells great while it is cooking. • 2 pounds venison hindquarter, cubed…