Bass Fishing In Georgia

Posted on May 22, 2015. Filed under: Bass Fishing | Tags: , , , |

Bass Fishing has become one of the most popular sports in town. Almost everyone is talking about it you can’t resist not asking about it and trying it for yourself as well. It may be the promise of fun and excitement of bass fishing that keeps many people hooked on it. There are also countless television shows today that concentrate on bass fishing a lot that is why you can’t help learning more about it.

Learning about it is enjoyable and you can hire a guide to help you catch fish, as well as teach you about catching them, then later on you’re going to develop your own ideas and formulate theories on having the best fish. There’s a lot of bass clubs where you can join in and numerous fishing tournaments that you can try. Lots of money awaits you especially in joining prestigious tournaments where a big deal of money is at stake.

Several states are now “hooked” and “addicted” to bass fishing and Georgia is considered to be among the best in the world in terms of this newly-found sport. Catching a spotted bass (also called “spots”) which is about 4 pounds can already be considered to be a trophy since the average one weighs about only a pound, though spots of this kind is really that unusual in the deep waters of Georgia. Bass of this kind are often inhabiting deep and clear waters.

Spotted bass are strong fighters, and many anglers feel that spots are the most spirited black bass species. Although spotted bass do not grow as big as largemouths and are not as acrobatic as smallmouths, a good spotted bass on the end of the line gives you a fight to remember.

Lake Lanier would probably be the first thing that would come to mind when one speaks of Georgia spotted bass. In 1985, Lake Lanier was able to spot an 8 pounds, ½ ounce spotted bass. This has set a state-record in Georgia but continued to have contenders since then. Spotted bass are common in central and North Georgia in areas drained by the Coosa, Chattahoochee and Savannah River systems. But there are still some notable exceptions.

In addition to that, spots are currently making up about 25 percent of the black bass population in Lake Jackson, and their prevalence is increasing. The first spotted bass found in biologists’ shocking surveys didn’t show up until 1998, so their numbers have increased quite quickly. Spotted bass only average 9 or 10 inches in length in this site. Something like 15 percent of the spotted bass in the lake are more than 15 inches long.

At first glance, spotted bass are almost impossible to differentiate from largemouths. Spotted bass usually have a sandpaper-like tooth patch on the tongue, which the latter lack. Also, the rear of the jaw does not extend behind the eye as it does in largemouths, and lastly, the spiny and soft dorsal fins are connected with a shallow notch not reaching all the way to the body.

Largemouths weighs between ¾ pound and 1 pound, but about half the bass in the population are more than 15 inches long. While the real giants are less common than they once were, the population is well balanced and fish in a good range of sizes are well represented.

In Middle Georgia, Lake Jackson is well thought-out to be one of the oldest reservoirs. The lake is an outstanding trophy bass lake. Over the years, its waters have produced countless double-digit-weight largemouths, and the lake record stands at 14 pounds, 7 ounces. Lake Jackson lead away the waters of the Alcovy, South and Yellow rivers where they join at the head of the Ocmulgee River and is located about 45 miles southeast of Atlanta. It is no longer the trophy bass factory that it once was. Nevertheless, it remains a great place for finding good fishing for decent-sized largemouths, with a few spotted bass thrown in as a bonus. It also remains as one among the known lakes in the central part of the state, both because of its proximity to the Atlanta metropolitan area and because of its time-earned angling reputation.

In not more than 30 miles from Lake Jackson, there situated another lake known to be Oconee, which has also gained recognition and had become a favored destination of fishermen especially from the Atlanta area, and similarly serves up fast black bass action. Georgia has really a lot to offer when it comes to bass fishing so better check it out yourself if you want to experience the beauty and fascination of being involved with bass fishing.

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Georgia Proposing a hunting and fishing license restructure.

Posted on May 20, 2015. Filed under: Fishing | Tags: , , , , , , , |



The natural resources and recreational opportunities found in Georgia are among the best in the nation and residents enjoy some of the lowest hunting and fishing license prices in the Southeast, as well as the country. In order to maintain programs and to meet the desires expressed by Georgia’s hunting and angling public, the Department of Natural Resources is proposing a hunting and fishing license restructure.

Georgia residents have not experienced a resident hunting and fishing license fee increase since 1992. The 1992 license fee increase was used to fund land acquisition efforts, as was the previous increase in 1987. The last hunting and fishing license fee increase made in support of agency operations occurred 34 years ago in 1981.

Since that time, DNR has greatly expanded its ownership and management of wildlife management areas (WMAs), public fishing areas (PFAs) and boating access sites while maintaining other key programs. Meanwhile, license revenues that fuel the agency’s core mission and function have remained stagnant for many years.

The Georgia DNR is requesting your input to develop a customer-supported fishing and hunting license restructure. Please plan to join us at one of the public meetings scheduled this June to learn more and share your thoughts. Meeting schedules, additional information and an online survey are available at:

We appreciate your support and look forward to your input!

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New tax code requires online retailers to collect sales tax

Posted on October 2, 2012. Filed under: Fishing Waders Pro, Online Retailers | Tags: , , , , , , |

Online retailers selling in Georgia are now required to collect sales tax.  This is one of many recent changes to the tax code that stand to impact nearly every Georgian.
The online sales tax law went into effect Monday, and aims to give local “brick and mortar” retailers equal footing.

Local business owner Bob Khoury told Channel 2’s Carl Willis that he is fed up with a practice called show-rooming.  (“Everyone has learn to shop this way. It is taught and encouraged.“) That is where customers visit stores to check out merchandise with no intent to buy there on the spot. “We have people come in here, look at the product, pick the brains of my salespeople to find out exactly how it works,”said Khoury.  Then they walk right out and buy it online, because they don’t have to pay sales tax. “We’re very much behind the eight-ball because any company that’s selling into the state of Georgia at this time has an automatic 8 percent advantage over myself,” said Khoury.

The new law is intended to eliminate that advantage over Georgia companies that have to pay state income tax, property tax and sales tax.
“This is a big step,” said tax attorney George Abney with the Chamberlain Hrdlicka Law Firm. “Only a handful of states have done this and Georgia is on the cutting edge of trying to impose the taxes against online retailers.”  The law requires online retailers to pay sales tax even if the only physical presence in the state is an ad on a Georgia-based website or an affiliate. 
Opponents argue these that affiliate business will just pack up and move to neighboring states and negatively impact the state’s economy.  (“What do you think? Please Comment.”)
“I think there have been some threats of that, but I don’t think that’s ever happened in any of the other states,” said Abney. “I think most of the big online retailers would like to keep selling in Georgia despite the new tax that’s going to be imposed.”

On the other side, Georgia consumers may not see the same savings from shopping certain websites.  (“What do you think? Please Comment.”)  “It might be something they’re not too happy with,” said Abney. “But I think most business owners will be happy with it.”    Some local business owners, including Khoury, said a federal version of the law is still needed.  Please feel free to comment. I would be very interested in knowing what everyone thinks about this. I welcome I comments.

Thank You,

Sarah Stewart

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