If you’re planning a future fishing session in Georgia you must learn about the rules and regulations that apply to this type of outdoor activity in this region. You need to understand facts about the procedure regarding fishing licenses and what it is prohibited to do while on the waters of this state. Fishing regulations and licenses are monitored by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division.

You can purchase a Georgia fishing license quite easy at www.gofishgeorgia.com or www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com. Also, you can get in person from various dealers located statewide such as regional offices, state parks, marinas, major retailers, and hardware stores or by phone. Keep in mind that your Social Security Number is required for buying all licenses in the Georgia fishing area.

Anglers older than 16 need a fishing license released in Georgia if they want to fish in fresh or saltwater from Georgia. Furthermore, an additional SIP is required for saltwater areas. You can get a temporary authorization number by phone or internet that you can use for seven days until the paper copy is received or printed. There are certain situations when Conservation Rangers may ask for an identification photo while checking the fishing licenses.

There’s no need to purchase a fishing permit if you want to fish in private ponds where you have permission from the owner or if you actually own it.

During Georgia’s Free Fishing Days that take place on June 3, June 10, and September 23, there’s no need for a fishing or trout license as long as you’re a Georgia resident. However, you will have to pay the fees if you’re going to private lakes.

A license valid for one year can be bought for $10 if you live in the state of Georgia or $50, otherwise. One good deal is to get a Lifetime Sportsman’s License that is available for both residents and nonresidents of Georgia, of all ages. All you have to do is submit your application online at www.gofishgeorgia.com.

In order to practice safe and legal fishing in Georgia, you need to learn about some of the prohibited facts in this area:


  • While fishing in this state, you may encounter many rare and protected species live or near the water. You need to be aware that there are 57 fish, eight salamanders, one frog, 28 snails and mussels, 20 crayfish and 13 turtles on Georgia’s protected species list. It is unlawful to capture, kill, or harm any protected species. If you accidentally catch a protected species, release it unharmed immediately.
  • There are certain freshwater game species limits per day that you must obey. For instance, it is illegal to take in one day more than 50 individuals enlisted in the list provided by the authorities of Georgia.
  • Even though there’s no restriction when it comes to the number of poles or lines used for fishing, if you want to catch trout you can only use 1 pole for fishing in public fishing areas.
  • Game fish can be used as live bait if they are taken legally and don’t exceed the daily possession limit.



Some other angling laws that you should take a look at:


  • It is forbidden to possess and fish with live blueback herring bait in the waters of Alabama.
  • You aren’t allowed to take any fish from public freshwater using another method than the ones listed in the regulations documents.
  • You can’t take game fish or any other species by hand.


Not obeying these rules and regulations might get your fishing license suspended as well as being the subject of penalties and fines.



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