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Georgia’s First Youth-Focused Wildlife Management Area

This post is part of a series by DNR intern Mishay Allen about the Wildlife Resources Division’s Game Management Section.

DCIM100GOPROBuck Shoals Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is the first WMA in Georgia that is solely focused on youth hunting opportunities. Its small size and other natural features make it
the perfect place for Georgia’s youth to learn to hunt. In addition to dove hunts, there are deer, bear, turkey and small game hunts that will all take place this hunting season. Continue reading “Georgia’s First Youth-Focused Wildlife Management Area”

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Georgia Fishing Report: September 16, 2016

Central Georgia

North Georgia

Southeast Georgia

Central Georgia

(Info provided by Fisheries biologist Steve Schleiger and region Fisheries staff; Reservoir Fishing Reports Courtesy of Southern Fishing with Ken Sturdivant)

Lake Russell (full, clear, 80’s) – Bass fishing is good.  Rocky points are great all day locations but be sure there are bait schools in the area.  The Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology can sweep these areas and show you the schools of bait and the fish close by.  Small crank baits and Super Flukes are working.  Also use any color worm in shades of green.  Also use the spinner bait along with a variety of crank baits and an occasional top-water bait all day.  Shad Raps up in the rivers where current is present or the windblown points and banks is good.  On the full moon, Continue reading “Georgia Fishing Report: September 16, 2016”

Daniel Johnson of Alma caught his personal best bass, this 8.6-pounder, on Friday evening on the last cast before dark on a Big Bite plastic crawfish.

Georgia Fishing Report: September 9, 2016

North Georgia

Southeast Georgia

Southwest Georgia

North Georgia

(Info provided by fisheries biologist Pat Snellings)

Winter Water — Fueling North Georgia’s Summer Coolwater Fisheries

The dog days of summer might try to keep you from hitting your favorite fishing spots, but during this time some of your best fishing opportunities are available across north Georgia. Hot summer days raise the surface water temperature of a lake, but below the surface something interesting is happening — stratification.   And, because of that stratification, in the depths of a lake lies winter water. Continue reading “Georgia Fishing Report: September 9, 2016”

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Banding Ducks on the Altamaha River

This post is part of a series by DNR intern Mishay Allen about the Wildlife Resources Division’s Game Management Section.

Wildlife biologists band ducks every year to gain important insight on waterfowl movements, harvests and survival rates. I was lucky enough to take part in one of these capture and banding trips recently. The opportunity to experience this first-hand made for a night I’ll never forget! Continue reading “Banding Ducks on the Altamaha River”

Crabbing is a fun family pursuit for the holiday weekend. The Bonvechio family (left to right: Lily, Tim, Hannah and Kim – the photographer) loves catching crabs with hand-lines on the Georgia coast.

Georgia Fishing Report: September 2, 2016

Central Georgia

North Georgia

Southeast Georgia

Central Georgia

(Info provided by Fisheries biologist Steve Schleiger and region Fisheries staff; Reservoir Fishing Reports Courtesy of Southern Fishing with Ken Sturdivant)

Lake Russell (full, clear, 80’s) – Bass fishing is fair.  There is a fair jig bite first thing in the morning just inside the mouth of Beaverdam Creek.  Use the 1/2 ounce jigs on a rocky bottom in ten to fifteen feet of water.  Have the Carolina rig ready and use it on the main lake points.  The south end of the lake is slow.  The Savannah River and Rocky River is the best area.  Finding structure on the ledges near deep water will be best.  Use the Lowrance Down Scan technology to find more fish spread out across the bottom.  An occasional top-water bite is not out of the question even with the warm water.  Fish east bank side of the rivers first.  As the sun comes up, this will be in the shade longer and hold more bass.

Clarks Hill (down 4.7 feet, 90’s) – Bass fishing is fair.  Early in the mornings, head up into the rivers and bigger creeks.  Try downsizing small finesse worms on a drop shot rig and light Carolina rigs.  Fish along the channel ledges and use Continue reading “Georgia Fishing Report: September 2, 2016”

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Georgia Fishing Report: August 26, 2016

Coastal Georgia

Southeast Georgia

Coastal Georgia

(Info provided by Fisheries Biologists Tim Barrett and Joel Fleming, and region Fisheries staff)

Savannah River:

Catfish: It’s time for catfish!  Catfish have been the focus for anglers over the last several weeks.  Some anglers are reporting that catfishing in the river may be the best they have seen it in over 15 years.  Catches of 50+ small to medium-sized channel catfish are not uncommon in many areas of the river.  These fish are being caught on primarily worms, fished on the bottom.  Anglers targeting larger channel catfish are fishing on sandbars in the evenings using cut or whole shad as bait.  Fish well over 15 pounds are not uncommon when targeting these larger fish.  Bush hooks, baited with cut bait, have also been very productive. Continue reading “Georgia Fishing Report: August 26, 2016”

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Georgia Fishing Report: August 19, 2016

North Georgia

Southeast Georgia

North Georgia

(Info provided by fisheries biologist Jeff Durniak and region fisheries staff)

The summer heat continues and, like the weather, this week’s fishing report sounds like a broken record.  Headwater trout, tailwater trout, and deep stripers (see Ken’s reports) are our best bets.  Reservoir bass are decent if you go early, or run around the lake and drop-shot brushy humps to find the few in each school with appetites.  River bass are good during those clear windows between the muddy water slugs from afternoon thunderstorms.  The good news is that our lawns are once again green.  The bad news is that we have to cut them, after a month-long break from that chore.  The best news follows. Continue reading “Georgia Fishing Report: August 19, 2016”

Blake Yarbrough landed and released this monster redfish in the Sapelo Island area over the weekend. The redfish bite in the sounds will pick up as we move toward their fall spawning time.

Georgia Fishing Report: August 12, 2016

Central Georgia

Southeast Georgia

Southwest Georgia

Central Georgia

(Info provided by Fisheries biologist Steve Schleiger and region Fisheries staff; Reservoir Fishing Reports Courtesy of Southern Fishing with Ken Sturdivant)

Lake Russell (full, clear, 80’s) – Bass fishing during the day is slowly improving.  A few bass are still attacking various styles of Shad Raps with the Glass and Jointed Shad Raps working well.  Change colors when the bass are small in size or the action gets slow.  A great place to find active bass is way up in the Savannah River. While in the moving water, use a small all-black buzz bait on a braid and work it right up next to any Continue reading “Georgia Fishing Report: August 12, 2016”

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Archery and Shooting Ranges: Give ‘Em a Shot!

Fall is around the corner, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has the perfect outdoor activity for you and your family! If you haven’t visited one of DNR’s archery and shooting ranges located all over Georgia, you’re missing out.

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Me with an instructor at the archery range.

I’m Mishay Allen, and I’m the new intern at our Wildlife Resources Division. Last week, I had the opportunity to go out and experience the archery and shotgun ranges at the Clybel Wildlife Management Area, located in the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield.  This is DNR’s largest range, and even knowing that, it exceeded my expectations. The range boasts multiple archery and shooting range setups, including an archery trail with 32 3-D targets and an archery tower with tree stand stations where you can practice climbing in and out of a tree stand. There is a Continue reading “Archery and Shooting Ranges: Give ‘Em a Shot!”

Sunflowers at River Creek WMA in Thomas County. The forecast looks excellent for the September 3 and 10 Adult/Child Hunts.

Dove Season Forecast 2016

Dove is the number-one small game species and the number-one migratory game bird species in Georgia. There is more public dove hunting opportunity than ever before, including a new dove fields at Big Lazer Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Flat Creek Public Fishing Area (PFA).

Dove Field Forecasts 2016:

Quota Hunt Fields

Adult-Child Hunt Only Fields

Non-Quota Fields

Non-Quota VPA Fields

Quota Hunt Fields

At the Pine Log WMA we have planted sunflowers and wheat. There are a total of 32 acres, and the forecast is fair.

At Wilson Shoals we have planted sunflower, wheat, and brown top millet. There are a total of 16 acres, and the forecast is fair.

At Alexander WMA we have planted sunflower and wheat for a total of 45 acres, and the forecast is excellent. Continue reading “Dove Season Forecast 2016”