For many vacationers, a relaxing getaway means visiting local attractions, exploring the shopping centers, or indulging in some “me-time” at the spa. For others, all they need to feel relaxed is a quiet spot, a fishing pole, and waters full of fish. If you are one of these vacationers, you’re in luck! From abundant rivers, creeks, and lakes, North Georgia trout fishing is some of the best in the region. These areas are also surrounded by the stunning North Georgia mountains, so you’ll be sure to enjoy some incredible scenery while you cast the line. Pack your lures and poles for a fishing trip you can enjoy with others or in your own company!
North Georgia trout fishing is only one of the many ways to enjoy Helen’s great outdoors! Download your free copy of our Vacation Guide for a full list of recreational adventures, dining, shopping, and more!
North Georgia Trout Fishing Regulations and Licensing
Before you begin your fishing getaway, there are a few things to know about Georgia’s fishing laws and regulations. These rules are set in place to ensure the overall well-being of the wildlife. Please read the Guide to the Laws and Regulations on Freshwater and Trout Fishing as well as purchase your Georgia Trout Fishing License before angling in our rivers, creeks, and lakes.
3 Great Spots for North Georgia Trout Fishing
All year round, the Chattahoochee River offers some of the best trout fishing in Helen, GA. However, fishermen claim they are most successful in the late autumn and early winter. There are also fewer restrictions for the Chattahoochee River, meaning you can use nearly any type of hook or bait. 12-14 inch rainbow and brown trout are plentiful in these waters, which attract many fishermen throughout the year! To avoid the crowds, you may want to visit the Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area just up the river from Helen.
Unicoi State Park
You’ll find some of the largest bass in Helen in Smith Lake at Unicoi State Park! The 44-acre lake is recognized as the centerpiece of the park and provides plenty of fishing opportunities surrounded by a stunning landscape. There are many docks located around the lake for anglers searching for bass, catfish, rainbow trout, and brown trout. The lake is open for fishing during trout season from late April until October.
Many fishermen overlook Duke’s Creek under the assumption that those fish will be too difficult to catch. On the contrary, they would be pleasantly surprised and shocked! Duke’s Creek is actually one of the best fishing areas in North Georgia. In fact, “Southern Living Magazine” called the body of water the “holiest of holies in Georgia trout-catching circles.” Anglers at Duke’s Creek enjoy less pressure than the typical pay-to-play fishing operation and the chance to catch gorgeous trout all at the cost of a $5 parking fee. Only 15 fishermen are permitted to the creek in the morning and then 15 more in the afternoon each Wednesday, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance!
Complete Your Vacation With Our Fantastic North Georgia Fishing Cabins
Bring your lures and poles with you to your ideal “home away from home.” Our wide selection of luxury cabins in the North Georgia mountains is perfect for any getaway, vacationer, and budget! You will also find a variety of waterfront cabins located near rivers, lakes, and creeks, so you can continue fishing from the comfort of your backyard! That’s not even the best part! Not only will you enjoy high-quality cabins, but you’ll also be spoiled with unparalleled guest services and a collection of comfortable amenities. Ready for the fishing getaway of a lifetime? Choose your favorite cabin with us! Don’t forget to download your free copy of our Helen, GA Vacation Guide to help you plan the perfect getaway!
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