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Rural Georgia surprises: Trout fishing

By Loren Lindler

Photo credit: Cohutta Fishing Company

The rolling streams in north Georgia are much more than a picturesque spot in the state. They provide ample opportunities for family fun and outdoor recreation, especially when it comes to fishing. In fact, Blue Ridge is the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia.

Georgia's approximately 4,000 miles of trout streams are certainly popular amongst anglers in rural Georgia. To meet the demand, the Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stock streams with rainbow, brown, and brook trout from late March through October.

Avid fishermen know that there is serious trout fishing in Fannin County, and the biggest trout can be found in the Toccoa River, Rock Creek, Cooper Creek, and Noontootla Creek. But if you're no expert, no need to worry! There are a number of guided fishing opportunities for beginners looking to cast a line and hop on the trout fishing bandwagon.

If you're not quite ready to hit the streams just yet, you'll have to check out the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery. The fish hatchery raises a million rainbow trout each year to stock the tailwaters, streams, and lakes of north Georgia, according to Georgia's Blue Ridge website.

Their website also shares that "the hatchery annually distributes 324,000 catchable-size rainbow trout and an additional 460,000 fingerlings to meet mitigation goals. These fish provided 160,000 anglers with an opportunity to land a trout. Approximately 38,000 visitors tour the hatchery annually."

That's a lot of trout! The hatchery primarily raises rainbow trout, so if you're looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it may be in one of the streams in north Georgia.

If you've been searching for the adventure of a lifetime, be sure to check out these places in north Georgia to help you get started.

Blue Ridge guided tours and outfitters:

To learn more about trout fishing in Georgia, be sure to check out the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for more information.

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