Summertime fishing goal suggestion – visit as many of Georgia’s 11 Public Fishing Areas (PFA) as you can before the season is over.
PFAs are managed for fishing by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), and most offer additional experiences to entertain the whole family.
“If you have not made efforts to visit at least one Georgia Public Fishing Area, this is definitely the year to make that happen – and we even challenge you to visit multiple PFAs,” says Scott Robinson, WRD Fisheries Management Chief. “These locations provide such a great experience and even though fishing is the main attraction, many Georgia PFAs also offer other family-friendly activities such as hiking, bird watching, picnicking and camping.”
Waters on PFAs vary from lakes several hundred acres in size to ponds less than one acre with some designated as kids-only fishing ponds. Anglers can fish from a boat, along the shoreline, or from a pier at most locations.
Many PFAs have picnic tables, nature and wildlife observation trails, fish cleaning stations, archery ranges and restroom facilities. There are camping opportunities on some PFAs (from primitive camping to RV) for those wishing to stay overnight on the area. All PFAs are open seven days a week, and except for Rocky Mountain PFA, also allow night fishing year-round.
For more information on PFAs in Georgia or for detailed PFA guides and maps, visit georgiawildlife.com/allpfas.