Saturday is opening day for trout season. People spend more than a half-billion dollars a year in Georgia to fish.
The state stocked streams and other waterways this year with more than a million trout. The goal is to draw anglers.
In 2007 the state spent 19-million dollars on the Go Fish initiative to establish Georgia as a fishing destination. The funds paid for a dozen boat ramps as well as an education center and hatchery in Perry. Ted Will with the Department of Natural Resources runs that facility.
“Certainly over a million anglers in the state of Georgia, and I think it’s important for people to recognize, you know that the operation and all of these facilities are essentially paid for by the fishermen of the state.”
Will says the initiative helped attract a large bass tournament to Lake Lanier last year where anglers spent 30-million dollars.