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Wilderness View Cabin Pond

The spring fed pond on our cabin property has been stocked with catfish. Please feel free to cast a line in and try your luck at catching one of these well fed fish. If you happen to catch one of our 8 albino catfish, kindly throw it back in the pond as they are very rare. The carp have been added to clean the algae in the pond so if you catch a carp, be courteous and set it free from your line.

Fort Mountain State Park

Fort Mountain State Park The spring fed, 17-acre lake is open for fishing year round during park hours. Fishing is not permitted from the beach or pedal boat dock. Anyone 16 or older must have a valid resident or non-resident fishing license.

Mountaintown Creek

Mountaintown Creek starts its journey near the boundary of the Cohutta Wilderness Area and eventually joins the Coosawattee River. The upper reach of the stream flows through the Cohutta Wildlife Management Area before reaching private land. Depending on the portion of stream you choose to fish, both stocked or native brown and rainbow trout are possible. Although Mountaintown Creek is designated trout water for its entire length, the upper portion of the stream on the Cohutta Wildlife Management Area offers the most unrestricted public access. A good breaking point when discussing the stream is Mountaintown Creek Watershed Structure #2 (Hills Lake). A short stretch of the stream below the privately held lands around the lake is on public land and popular with anglers. Although this stretch of stream is productive, identifying which portions are public and private can be difficult. Difficult wading conditions and heavily-foliaged banks make fishing anything but the most popular pools difficult. Upstream of Hills Lake, the stream flows through a solid block of the Chattahoochee National Forest. This portion is more open and better suited to flycasting. Although access to this stretch requires some hiking, the rewards come in uncrowded fishing for stream spawned trout. Wild rainbows up to 12 inches are possible, and the few browns caught will generally run less than 9 inches. The upper portions of Mountaintown Creek have benefitted from stream structures constructed and placed by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division working with Trout Unlimited. These structures have transformed some shallow broad stretches of stream to good holding water. Key species: rainbow trout, brown trout.

Carters Lake

Carters Lake Carters Lake offers anglers a large variety of game fish. Some of the species popular in the lake are striped, largemouth, small mouth and spotted bass, walleye, bream, crappie and catfish. Good fishing can be found in the main lake, the re-regulation pool, and in the tailrace downstream of the re-regulation pool. Trout can also be caught in some of the lakes tributaries.

Holly Creek

Holly Creek Holly Creek is located on the southern edge of the Wildlife Management Area, to the west of Mountaintown Creek, and is a tributary of the Conasauga River. It is a creek that receives regular stockings of trout. Catchable sized rainbow trout are released in the lower sections of the stream where there is good road access. This park of the creek is ideal for family groups to fish, since it consists of large pools alongside the roads edge.

Farther up, where the stream is away from the road, there is good fishing for wild rainbows in both Holly Creek and its major tributary, Emery Creek. Emery Creek enters the main stream from the left about a mile above the road and is also open to year round fishing. A hiking trail along Holly Creek provides good access to the spot where the streams join.

Above the intersection with Emery Creek, Holly Creek runs through a small steep valley that is fairly strenuous to travel. This terrain eliminates much of the fishing pressure one would expect to find associated with such a stream. As a result, the creek can provide some interesting and uncrowned angling to those willing to put out the effort to get to it.

Lake Blue Ridge

If you like to fish,boat, water-ski, wake-board, lake kayak, or get around on a personal watercraft (PWC), Lake Blue Ridge is a great place to play. If you don’t have a boat or jet ski, bring your canoe or rent a pontoon boat at the marina. You may swim at Morganton Point beach in the summer or fish in the lake any month of the year.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola is a Cherokee word meaning tumbling waters. Amicalola Creek is managed as a trout stream and is open to fishing from the last Saturday in March through the end of October.

Need a fishing guide?  Try:

Reel’em In Guide Service
1890 Burnt Mountain Road
Ellijay, GA  30536
James Bradley
(706) 273-0764
Fishing guide service that specializes in small stream tactics for wild trout and hunting for that once in a lifetime trophy troutOpen 7 days a week and 52 weeks per year. A Forest Service permittee on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.   Ellijay’s first fly fishing guide service, est. 2001.  About 75 minutes north of Atlanta and 60 minutes southeast of Chattanooga. 
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