Fishing

One Day Fishing License - Georgia has a one-day fishing license that costs $3.50 and a seasonal license for $9.00 that are available to residents and nonresidents at most sporting, discount, and bait and tackle stores.

License Requirements
Buying Licenses - Resident Georgia Fishing licenses are available throughout the state from approximately 2,000 license dealers. Most license dealers also sell non-resident licenses. In Towns County licenses are available at Hiawassee Hardware and the bait and tackle shops.
Residents - (Note - Proof of residence such as a Georgia Driver's License is required.)

· Resident anglers, 16 years of age or older, are required to have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession while fishing in the freshwater of Georgia, except: a fishing license is not required when fishing in a private pond. (This does not include ponds owned by governments (city, county, Federal or the State of Georgia.)

· Residents 65 years or older may obtain a Senior Citizen's Honorary Combination Hunting & Fishing License from most license dealers by furnishing proof of age (driver's license or birth certificate.) Residents who are permanently and totally disabled may obtain a Disability Honorary Combination Hunting & Fishing License by applying to the License Unit. Proof of age or disability must accompany the application. Certification of disability may come from: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement System, another government agency or any physician licensed to practice medicine in Georgia. The physician's evaluation of disability must follow the Veterans Administration Schedule for Rating Disability. Both honorary licenses are good for a lifetime.

· Persons that are blind can apply for an Honorary Fishing License and must provide a Physician's certification of blindness with the application.

· Note - Georgia DNR has signed "Reciprocal Agreements" with Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina that allow holders of Georgia fishing licenses to fish in the waters covered without obtaining a fishing license from the bordering state.

Nonresidents
· Nonresident 16 years or older, regardless of physical condition, must have a valid Georgia fishing license to fish in the freshwater of Georgia, except: a fishing license is not required when fishing in a private pond. This does not include ponds owned by governments (city, county, Federal, or the State of Georgia)

· Florida Resident Senior Hunting & Fishing Certificate holders.

· College students (U.S. citizens) enrolled full time who are residing within the state may purchase a resident fishing license. A current and valid student's identification must be shown when purchasing a resident fishing license.

Trout Stamp
· All resident anglers between the ages of 16 and 65 must have a trout stamp attached to a valid Georgia fishing license to fish in designated trout waters and to fish for or to possess trout.

· Resident honorary license holders are not required to have a trout stamp.

· All nonresident anglers, regardless of age or physical condition, must possess a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for or possess trout or to fish in designated trout waters.

· Florida Resident Senior Hunting & Fishing Certificate holders.

· State Park Visitors are not required to have a trout stamp to fish in the impounded waters of the park.

 


       
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