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Guide to fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout in area lakes and streams.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Trout fishing in Georgia

Georgia offers nice opportunities for trout fishing, with both native and stocked trout species found in various lakes and rivers across the state. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about trout fishing and identify trout fishing waters in the state. The three primary trout species targeted by anglers in Georgia are rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout.

Rainbow trout are the most common and widely distributed trout species in Georgia. They thrive in cool, oxygen-rich waters and can be found in both lakes and rivers. Some popular trout fishing destinations in Georgia include the Chattahoochee River, Toccoa River, and Smith Creek.

Brown trout, known for their elusive nature and challenging behavior, are sought after by experienced anglers. These trout are typically found in rivers with cooler water temperatures and more complex habitat structures. The Soque River and the Toccoa River are renowned for their brown trout populations.

Brook trout, also known as speckled trout or native trout, are native to the Appalachian region of Georgia. They prefer small, cold, and clear streams with plenty of cover. Areas such as the Chattahoochee National Forest provide excellent opportunities to catch brook trout in a pristine and scenic setting.

Georgia's state records for trout fishing reflect the potential for trophy-sized catches. Anglers have the chance to reel in impressive trout specimens and achieve personal bests. The state records for rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout showcase the quality of trout fishing available in Georgia's waters.

When targeting trout in Georgia, anglers use various techniques such as fly fishing, spin fishing, and bait fishing. Popular fly patterns include nymphs, streamers, and dry flies that imitate the trout's natural prey. Additionally, live bait and artificial lures can be effective in enticing trout to bite.

Whether fishing in picturesque mountain streams or serene lakes, Georgia provides a diverse and rewarding trout fishing experience. Anglers of all skill levels can enjoy the thrill of catching these beautiful fish while surrounded by the state's natural beauty.

Trout Fishing Waters

Blue Ridge Lake, Carters Lake, Lake Burton, Lake Lanier, Lake Nottely and Lake Russell are the primary lakes with populations of trout. Visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for details regarding trout stocking in Georgia. Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

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Trout Species In The State

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 17 lbs 8 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 20 lbs 14 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

Georgia State Record Trout

The state record rainbow trout was caught from the Soque River.

The state record brook trout was taken out of Waters Creek.

The state record brown trout came from the Chattahoochee River.

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Additional trout information

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Learn the habits of trout

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Georgia waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.