SOCIAL CIRCLE – For those evenings when you just want to wet a line no matter what the time, you can now night fish at nine Public Fishing Areas beginning May 1 through Sept. 30, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
“With last year’s success of allowing night fishing, we look forward to again offering this exciting chance to enhance angler access and opportunity,” Matt Thomas, chief of the WRD Fisheries Management Section, said in a news release. “Night fishing allows anglers to enjoy fishing while also escaping the hot days of summer, and is a great example of license dollars at work.”
Georgia has 10 PFAs, nine of which will be open to night fishing, including Big Lazer, Dodge, Evans, Flat Creek, Hugh Gillis, Marben, McDuffie, Ocmulgee and Paradise. Anglers should be sure to check the visitor kiosk(s) of any location they visit to ensure which ponds might be open for night fishing.
PFAs offer a wide variety of fishing opportunities, from lakes several hundred acres in size to ponds less than one acre. At most locations, anglers can fish from a boat, along the shoreline or from a pier. While PFAs are primarily managed for fishing, they also offer other family-friendly, day-time activities. Many PFAs have picnic tables, nature and wildlife observation trails, fish cleaning stations and restroom facilities. Some offer primitive campsites for those wishing to stay overnight on the area, and many facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.
For more information on Georgia PFAs, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/allpfas.
For young fishermen and ladies looking for a fun summer camp, the Go Fish Education Center in Perry is hosting three Fishing Day Camps this June and July. Limited space is available and registration deadlines are quickly approaching.
Participating kids will learn how to fish, receive safety tips, casting instructions and how to clean their catch. They will also learn about fish biology, habitats and conservation -- all through guided instruction, tours and educational activities.
• Session 1 (deadline to register, May 31): June 4-6; 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• Session 2 (deadline to register, June 15): June 18-20; 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• Session 3 (deadline to register, July 12): July 16-18; 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost for the camp is $100 (due on the first day of each session), which includes admission to the Go Fish Education Center, educational instruction, use of equipment and bait. Campers will need to bring their own lunch, snacks and water bottle.
At the Go Fish Education Center, families can visit aquariums that hold more than 180,000 gallons of water and are loaded with Georgia freshwater fish and wildlife, including alligators. Try out the fishing and shooting simulators. See a working fish hatchery from a huge gallery window. All that gazing at fish will be sure to get you ready to try out the casting pond, bait and tackle provided.