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News: Georgia’s 1600 miles of trout waters open year ’round

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John Biagi, Fisheries Section Chief of the Wildlife Resources Division said: “The Board of Natural Resources recently approved the lifting of seasonal restrictions on approximately 1,600 miles of trout waters. This decision, which initiated as something that anglers had been requesting for many years, comes after many months of research and analysis and extensive public outreach and we anticipate that trout anglers will eagerly welcome this additional time on the water.”

Now, if on business trip or just traveling through Georgia listen to that ‘trout urge’.  Why? Because you can, literally, pull over almost anywhere North or South of Atlanta, and actually in Atlanta, and stalk a trout on the famous Chattahoochee River.

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Map portion – Georgia Wildlife Resources Division.

The “Hootch,” as it is colloquially known, is especially accessible, but there are also 100s more trout waters just as accessible in North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

The “Hootch” is 430 miles long. It originates in northeastern Georgia from a spring in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, a sub-range of the Appalachian Mountains. Its headwaters flow south from ridges that form the Tennessee Valley Divide.

Eventually the river turns due south to form the southern half of the Georgia/Alabama state line. Flowing through a series of reservoirs and artificial lakes, it flows by Columbus, the second-largest city in Georgia, and the Fort Benning Army base. At Columbus, it crosses the Fall Line of the eastern United States.

The Chattahoochee, Flint, and Apalachicola rivers together make up the Apalachiacola–Chattahoochee–Flint River Basin (ACF River Basin). the Hootch makes up the largest portion of the ACF.

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