April Fishing Report
Trout fishing in the North Georgia Mountains: By April, most of the mountain trout water in north Georgia has had an over 5 month vacation from the avid fraternity of trout anglers. These beautiful streams are again full, restocked with trout and in prime condition for another trout season which opens annually the last Saturday in March.
How-to: Before using any bait on a Georgia trout stream, always check the regulations for that particular stretch of water. The fly enthusiast, however, will find that nymphs work best for these early-season fish. The spin fisherman can do well with small spinners and for the "meat fisherman", salmon eggs, corn, marshmallows or cheese balls will do fine.
Keys to success: Legendary trout expert, Gary Merriman, suggests Coopers, Rock or Dicks creeks as the best bet for those fairly new at the trout game. The purest, however, might be more challenged by Waters Creek or the Soque River. These beautiful, trophy streams allow only artificial lures with barbless, single-hooks not exceeding a #6.
Contacts: The Fish Hawk in Buckhead always has excellent daily information on baits and places. Contact Bob or Gary Merriman at (404) 237-3473. Information on latest stockings of trout and current regulations are available by calling the Georgia Game and Fish at (404) 656-3524. To fish the Soque River, call Rebekah Stewart at (706) 754-1558.
White, hybrid and striped bass at the Broad River: Nothing short of a river full of piranhas could provide better action than this upper section of Clark Hill Lake during April. Contact Mike Townsend at (706) 359-2482.
Spotted bass on Lake Sidney Lanier: April hits during the height of the pre-spawn for spotted bass, and more than 40 per day are common to those who know the proper fishing methods. Call (770) 962-1241.