First step: Get a Fishing License for Blue Ridge, GA
You can get a Georgia Fishing License Online
Second Step: Fish by the fish attractors at Lake Blue Ridge!!
Click the link below to see the video clips and for the location of the fish attractors to improve your odds (make your kids think you’re a rock star), or ignore if you’re a hardcore sportsman.
Then try the 3,290 acre reservoir on the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge, Georgia. The Tennessee Valley Authority operates the reservoir, so you should check the water release times for safety and to improve your odds of catching some of the cool water fish. Call the TVA 1-800-238-2264, then dial 23 for automated generation schedule before heading out on the Toccoa River below the Lake Blue Ridge dam. Note the river is easily navigated by canoe, tube, or small boat and you can wade in several places. Visit the TVA site for Toccoa River releases and Lake Blue Ridge water levels.
At Lake Blue Ridge you’re likely to encounter bluegill, largemouth bass, white bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch, and walleye (spring to fall – best at night due to the clear water). Visit the GDNR for more fishing tips on how to catch these monsters!
Georgia Trout Fishing – General Info
Fly fishing enthusiasts consider the lower Toccoa River a dream, so bring your fly rod and woolly buggers. Trout represent 75% of the lower Toccoa River game fish, which the WRD stocks annually with traditional rainbows and brown trout adults and fingerlings. The river supports natural reproduction, so most of these wild and hold over trout behave naturally for great fishing and taste great! The average size is 9” but it’s not unlikely to land a 12” to 16” trout with the occasional 20” big boy.
Georgia has roughly 4K miles of trout streams that are stocked and regulated to meet the demands of 100K+ trout anglers. The Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stock our Georgia streams with rainbow, brown and brook trout from late March through August. So read the information below to help you plan a great fishing trip in Blue Ridge and surrounding communities.
Seasonal trout streams: OPEN to fishing from the last Saturday in March through October 31st each year
Fishing hours for trout streams (except Waters Creek): 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset (remember night fishing is not allowed)
Georgia Delayed Harvest Streams (great for beginners)
Fannin County – Toccoa River near Blue Ridge
White County – Smith Creek 2 counties over from Blue Ridge
Click the following link for more trout fishing rules, stream maps, special regulations and delayed harvest steams
List of nearby county streams
Fannin County Streams (Blue Ridge, GA)
Seasonal: Charlie Creek watershed; Etowah River watershed; Jacks River watershed; Owenby Creek watershed; Persimmon Creek watershed; South Fork Rapier Mill Creek watershed; Star Creek watershed; Toccoa River tributary watersheds entering the river downstream from Blue Ridge Reservoir to the Georgia-Tennessee state line and upstream from the mouth of Stanley Creek except those listed as year-round; Tumbling Creek watershed; Wilscot Creek watershed.
Year-round: Conasauga River watershed (except Jacks River watershed); Ellijay River watershed; Fightingtown Creek watershed; Mountaintown Creek watershed; Noontootla Creek watershed; Rock Creek watershed; Rock Creek Lake; Toccoa River downstream from Lake Blue Ridge to the Georgia-Tennessee state line and upstream from the mouth of Stanley Creek (does not include tributaries unless listed).
Counties near Fannin County (Blue Ridge, GA)
Gilmer County Streams (south of Fannin County)
Seasonal: Harris Creek watershed; Johnson Creek watershed; Tails Creek watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed as year-round except: Coosawattee River downstream from Old Georgia Highway 5 (Gilmer County Road 239); Talking Rock Creek; and tributaries to Carters Reservoir not listed as year-round (these streams may be fished year-round without a trout license).
Year-round: Ball Creek watershed; Cartecay River watershed; Conasauga River watershed (except Jacks River watershed); Coosawatee River from the confluence of Cartecay & Ellijay rivers downstream to Old Georgia Highway 5 bridge (Gilmer County Road 239); Ellijay River watershed; Fightingtown Creek watershed; Mountaintown Creek watershed; Noontootla Creek watershed; Sevenmile Creek watershed; Town Creek watershed; Wildcat Creek watershed.
Union County Streams (east of Fannin County)
Seasonal: Arkaqua Creek watershed; Bracket Creek watershed; Butler Creek watershed; Camp Creek watershed; Conley Creek watershed; Kiutuestia Creek watershed; Low Creek watershed; and all other streams or parts of streams not listed below as Year-round. Note: Butternut Creek watershed, Nottely River downstream from Nottely Dam, and tributaries to Nottely Reservoir not listed as Year-round are not trout streams and may be fished year-round and without a trout license.
Year-round: Brasstown Creek watershed downstream from US Highway 76 bridge; Coosa Creek watershed; Ivylog Creek watershed; Noontootla Creek watershed; Nottely River from the US Highway 129-19 bridge downstream to Nottely Reservoir; Rock Creek watershed; Toccoa River (does not include tributaries unless listed); Youngcane Creek watershed.
Lumpkin (southeast of Fannin County)
Seasonal: Amicalola Creek watershed; Bryant Creek watershed; Cane Creek watershed upstream from the Georgia Highway 9-52 bridge; Cavender Creek watershed; Chestatee River tributaries upstream from the mouth of Tesnatee Creek, except for the Frogtown Creek watershed; Dockery Lake; Etowah River watershed upstream from Hightower Church Road (County Road 72) bridge; Etowah River tributaries from Castleberry Bridge upstream to Hightower Church Road (County Road 72) bridge; Shoal Creek watershed; Yahoola Creek watershed upstream from the mouth of Bryant Creek.
Year-round: Chestatee River upstream from the mouth of Tesnatee Creek; Etowah River from Castleberry Bridge upstream to Hightower Church Road (County Road 72); Frogtown Creek watershed; Yahoola Creek watershed from the mouth of Bryant Creek downstream to Georgia Highway 52.
Trout Fishing Guides - trout fishing is a popular sport in the mountains. Our area abounds with trout streams, which we described briefly above. If you want to make the most of your time on the water, then click the following link for our recommended fly fishing guide services.
Blue Ridge Georgia Fly Fishing Guides and Outfitters