The state Department of Natural Resources is offering birthday gifts to Georgia anglers. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says beginning in July Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish on their birthday and for two days afterward as part of their boat registration fee.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced its offering loaner fishing equipment to budding anglers for free. Officials say visitors should stop by park offices to ask where they can rent equipment for the day.
The Evans County Public Fishing Area at Bidd Sands Lake is scheduled to reopen June 1. Officials say a dam at the fishing site was being compromised by tree growth and erosion, and was repaired through tree and stump removal, slope rebuilding and other structural improvements.
The Department of Natural Resources has posted new online guides to Georgia's waterways that include weather forecasts and information on what fish species can be found in each of the state's waterways. The guide also includes technique tips and a boat ramp locator.
The state Board of Natural Resources is set to take over regulation of saltwater fishing in Georgia. State lawmakers gave the board the authority to regulate saltwater fish the same way it does with freshwater species starting January 2013. Until now, the General Assembly has directly controlled rules about some saltwater species.
A meeting Thursday will give the public a chance to comment on the upcoming expiration of an agreement between Georgia and South Carolina. It allows anglers to fish on border waters and shorelines with a fishing license from either state.
A coastal-area environmental group and five public agencies have come together to clear up confusion about fish advisories in the Brunswick area. The partnership aims to put in one place the myriad advice fishermen receive about which fish to eat, where to catch them and how much is too much. State officials produce a 60 page book on the topic.
State environmental officials don't want people to fish in the Ogeechee River until they can find out what killed thousands of fish. A massive fish kill late last week stunk up the meandering Southeast Georgia waterway. The state Environmental Protection Division blamed a bacteria not known to harm humans.
Federal fisheries managers have cancelled plans to ban bottom-fishing off Georgia's coast. The plan effectively would have closed many commercial fishing operations in a bid to save the over-fished red snapper. But some fishermen still aren't happy.