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Georgias new fishing regulations now available
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SOCIAL CIRCLE — The new 2008-09 Georgia sport fishing regulations are available.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently distributed printed versions of the rules to all WRD offices and facilities, a number of state parks and fishing license retailers statewide. An online version of the new regulations soon will be available at
WRD advises all anglers to familiarize themselves with the rules before casting a line.
The guide provides helpful information, including color fish identification charts for both freshwater and saltwater fish, license information, contact information for WRD fisheries management offices and WRD law enforcement offices, trout stream listings, public fishing area information, state record fish listings and complete fishing regulations.
The Board of Natural Resources sets Georgia’s fishing regulations based on recommendations made by the department’s fisheries biologists and field personnel while the Georgia General Assembly sets the laws related to fishing.
The 2008-09 regulation changes anglers should be aware of are as follows:
• Georgia anglers and hunters who have lost their hunting or fishing license can reprint them at no cost at  In addition, Georgia anglers and boaters will be get new license and boat registration services beginning in the fall.
• Some saltwater rules were pending when the guide was being printed. Contact the Coastal Resources Division at (912) 264-7218 for the most up-to-date length and possession limit information.  Changes also will be posted online at In addition, changes were made regarding charter and cast-net fishing.
For more information about Georgia’s fishing regulations or for information about where and when to go fishing, visit or contact the nearest WRD fisheries management office.
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