The water temperature is beginning to rise and the King and Spanish Mackerel should begin to migrate back to the South giving us a better opportunity for a good catch of mackerel off shore in a few weeks. The tides begin to improve and will run in the six- foot range for the first 12 days of April which means some good trout fishing. The shrimp is expected to move back into our waters around the beginning of May to the middle of June, which always improves the fishing in our area. And the Bass should be plentiful around July.
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Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials said the commercial food shrimp cast net lottery will be conducted June 4.
Supporters of Georgia's rivers and coast will enjoy an evening at Delegal Marina April 14 to support work that preserves the coastal heritage.
You know the local lake that you spend all your time fishing? The one with all those houses that line the shore - the houses with all the boat docks? Those docks might be clogged with people loading and unloading boats and having all kinds of fun, but some of the best crappie fishing can be found directly below them at almost any time of year.
Black bear images spark a wide array of human emotions. Curiosity and awe come to mind for some; caution and fear emerge for others. When observed in populated areas, panic proves the most common reaction. Yet, as spring approaches and the likelihood of bear sightings increases, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) encourages residents to educate themselves by being "bear aware."
Very little fishing activity on the coast this past week
Gone are the days of backyard potlucks. Groups today are choosing to travel, sometimes planning entire weekends of activities, for their gatherings. From family reunions to spiritual retreats, Georgia's 48 State Parks provide the perfect setting for social get-togethers.
As spring arrives, backyard gardeners and landscapers begin the yearly task of beautifying their outdoor environments. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recommends that amateur and professional gardeners, regardless of the yard size, consider building a place for wildlife while planning for spring gardens.
I have some good fishing reports this week. Most of the fishing reports were given to me by Rayburn Goodman, from Yellow Bluff fishing camp. But, Donnie Branch, my son, caught a 6-1/2 lb, 25-inch bass just off Planting Hammock on Tuesday.
The Liberty County Bass Club hosted a fishing tournament at Kings Ferry on the Ogeechee River in Richmond Hill on March 3.
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Magnolia Manor on the Coast in Richmond Hill will welcome Paul Moffatt Pressly as guest speaker in their Renaissance Lecture Series. Pressly will enlighten guests to facts about Ossabaw Island as well as give a snapshot of the Island's activities today.
ATLANTA - Those who love lazy summer days and sleeping under the stars can save money with camping deals from Georgia's state parks.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently approved a request by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries to allow limited recreational harvesting of red snapper in federal waters, according to Doug Haymans, policy coordinator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
In an effort to educate the public about what to do when finding a wild animal that may be injured or orphaned, the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association (GWRA) has released information about the numbers and types of calls that they have received on their statewide Wildlife Hotline. Barely two months old, the toll-free number has had even more of an impact than expected. Calls average between 25 per day, but the organization reports that they have received as many as 50 on some days.
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