DNR stocks Rabun County trout streams

RABUN COUNTY — Fishermen get ready to gear up and head out to one of Rabun County’s plentiful creeks for the optimal fishing experience.

All throughout last week, the Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stocked local streams with rainbow, brown and brook trout.

Georgia’s approximately 4,000 miles of trout streams are relatively unproductive when compared to streams found in other parts of the country. This is, in part, due to the calcium deficient soils found in north Georgia. Therefore, to meet the demands of over 100,000 trout anglers, stocking and special regulations are used on some streams to maintain acceptable catch rates.

The following creeks in Rabun County were stocked; Rabun Black Rock Lake, Rabun Little Tennessee River, Rabun Stekoa Creek, Rabun Tiger Creek, Rabun Timpson Creek, Rabun Holcomb Creek, Rabun Sarah’s Creek,  Rabun Tallulah River, Rabun Warwoman Creek, Rabun West Fork Chattooga River, Rabun Moccasin Creek, Rabun Stonewall Creek and Rabun Wildcat Creek.

The number of trout stocked and the stocking frequency depends on a stream’s fishing pressure, accessibility and water conditions. However, generally streams on public lands are stocked more often and with greater numbers of trout.

It’s important to keep in mind that most trout streams are located on private property and the landowner controls access to, and fishing rights in, such streams. It is your responsibility to know when you cross a property line. Always get permission from the landowner before entering or fishing on private property.