Regardless of whether you’re an experienced fly fisher or a novice fisherman, you don’t want to miss some of the best fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. It doesn’t matter if you prefer bait tackle, fly-fishing, or spinning. You’re almost guaranteed to return home with a catch you’ll be telling stories about for years to come. There are over 4,000 miles of trout streams in North Georgia, and our season begins the last Saturday in March and ends October 31. If fishing is your favorite sport, you’re in the right place.
If you need help planning your visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains, be sure to request a free copy of our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find all the best local insight regarding what to do during your vacation.
Reel in the Best Catch When You Go Fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia
Secure Your Fishing License
Before you go fishing, you’ll need a Georgia fishing license. Anyone 16 or older is required to have one. You can obtain one at most of the marinas in the North Georgia area, such as Lake Blue Ridge, Carter’s Lake in Elijay, and Lake Nottley in Blairsville. You can also get one at a local Walmart or gas station. You could even order one online ahead of time!
Pack the Perfect Tackle Box
Now, you need to decide what bait you need to reel in that trophy trout. To say there are a few options would be an understatement. In fact, every fishing enthusiast you meet in North Georgia would probably give you a different suggestion for what type of bait you need to hook the ultimate catch. A few options to consider including the Rebel Wee Craw, Trout Worm, Smithwick Rattlin’ Rogue, the Luhr-Jensen Hus Lure, Blue Fox Vibrax, Mister Twister, Micro Crawfish, and Mite.
If you need to pick up some bait and tackle while you’re in town, check out the following local shops:
Go Fishing with a Local
If you’re new to fishing in the area, you should consider going with someone familiar with waterways! Local fishing guides will be able to tell you the most scenic places to fish, the most heavily populated streams, and the best ways to access them. Some local fishing guides include:
Find the Best Fishing Spots
If you’re comfortable going on your own, you’ll find no shortage of fishing spots! Here are some of our favorite creeks and rivers to hook your best catch yet:
The Toccoa is stocked above Blue Ridge Dam almost every other week during trout season. Most of it is on private land, but much of the section along Rt. 60, near the town of Margaret, flows through National Forest.
The river below the dam is vast in most areas, making it a sweet spot for fly fishing. Trout are also stocked regularly in this section. A popular way to fish in this area is to float fish from the dam downstream approximately 15 miles to McCaysville. Use caution here because water levels can rise suddenly.
Check dates and times for water releases from Blue Ridge dam by calling 800-238-2264.
Shallowford Bridge is an old, steel one-lane bridge over the Toccoa River. Cast your line under the bridge or along the dirt road to the right following the river on the Benton MacKaye Trail. This is a delayed harvest area stocked in early November for catch and release only through mid-May.
Tammen Park is a very popular place to fly fish for trout in the tailwaters of the Toccoa River below the Lake Blue Ridge Dam. Call in advance for water-release information 1-800-238-2264. This park also has ball fields, playground equipment, and picnic areas.
Horseshoe Bend Park
You’ll find Horseshoe Bend Park when you take River Road off Highway 60 in McCaysville. This gorgeous park is home to some of the best trout fishing on the Toccoa River. The park has a playground, picnic pavilions, and restrooms.
Take Forest Service Road 60 off Stat Route 60, between Morganton and Dahlonega, to find this gem of a fishing spot. The Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery is located on Rock Creek. This creek and other nearby streams are stocked with trout from the federal hatchery, which is open year-round. Rock Creek also supports wild trout populations, including native brook trout in some of the high elevation tributaries. Keep in mind that this area is visited often.
Try your luck on Cooper’s Creek off Hwy. 60 South, between Morganton and Dahlonega. This area offers some of the best camping, hiking, and trout fishing in the area. In fact, fishing for stocked and wild trout in Cooper Creek and Mulky Creek is popular.
Another great place to fish is Noontootla Creek off Forest Service Rd. 58, southeast of Blue Ridge in the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area. The creek and its tributaries are managed to imitate a natural stream with an unharvested trout population to provide a unique experience that emphasizes catching wild trout for fun rather than harvest.
If you’re lucky and catch a very rare trophy trout that is 16 inches or longer, you may keep it. All smaller trout must be released immediately. You can only use artificial lures here.
Jacks and Conasauga Rivers
Check out Jacks and Conasauga Rivers near Forest Service Roads 22, 64, and 73 off State Route 2, west of Blue Ridge. Inside the Cohutta Wilderness, there is a 45-mile stretch of fishing opportunities on the Jacks (March – October) and Conasauga Rivers (open year-round).
The Jacks is not stocked, but it contains reproducing trout populations. If you want to experience real wilderness, this is the place. The Forest Service has a detailed map of the wilderness. It is wise to have this map if you plan a fishing or hiking trip to this wild area.
Enter a Fishing Tournament
If you’re feeling competitive, you might want to try your hand at fishing with some of the most talented sportsmen in the area! Enter a local tournament and try your luck. You never know what you might reel in. The Georgia State Parks website keeps an updated list of upcoming fishing events.
Stay in a Luxurious Cabin near the Water
Now that you know all about the best fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, it’s time to find a place to stay. Make the most of your getaway when you stay in charming accommodations in the mountains! Morning Breeze offers an impressive selection of fishing cabins right on the water. Imagine casting your line right outside the backdoor of your beautiful vacation rental. Many of these fishing cabins even have gear ready and waiting for you.
Did you know that if you are fishing at one of our luxury cabin rentals, it is considered private property and you won't need a fishing license?
Browse our selection of properties that are perfect for your fishing adventure. Then, check availability and book your stay today!