Trout season begins
on the last Saturday in March, and it traditionally starts the mountain
tourist season. Turkey season usually comes in at approximately the
same time. However, we now have year-round trout streams, including
the Toccoa River. Be aware that you may not fish the mouths of streams
that are closed.
Many people think
that the Toccoa below the dam is the best trout stream in Georgia. Access
is limited, although there is public access just below the dam and at
Tammin Park (on the four-lane). The river can also be accessed from
Hogback Road from either the east or the west (past the old depot in
Mineral Bluff). There is also some access at the bridge over Curtis
Switch, and again at Horseshoe Bend Park (off Hwy 60 north, just before
You must be aware of the release schedule for the dam before fishing
the river below the dam. If you haven’t experienced it before,
you will be astonished by how fast the water rises and how swift the
current becomes. Save your loved ones the embarrassment of explaining
how the great fly fisherman managed to drown in the Toccoa by checking
the release schedule. Be aware that it can change without notice. Access
the release schedule at www.tva.gov
(click on “Lake Info”).
By the way, the
river immediately below the dam is a good trip-saver in case the streams
become stained with mud after a rain. No matter what happens, the tailrace
is clean. There are some pan fish in the pool below the dam.
The river above
the dam is considered fair. It can be accessed from Aska Road. You can
also cross the Shallowford Bridge, turn right, and right at the first
fork. Highway 60 south (toward Suches) also runs by the river at a number
is probably our most famous local trout stream. It winds through much
of the county, emptying into the Ocoee across from the chemical plant.
The most convenient points of access are from Old Hwy 2 (off Hwy 5).
at the end of Aska Road, is a beautiful, gravel-bottomed trophy stream.
You can fish the triangle between Aska Road and Newport Road, or follow
it up into the Blue Ridge WMA off Doublehead Gap Road.
in North Georgia, by Jimmy Jacobs is a useful guide (Atlanta: Peachtree
Publishers, 1993). Northern Georgia Canoeing, by Bob Sehlinger and Don
Otey may also be helpful in identifying access points (Hillsborough,
North Carolina: Menasha Ridge Press, 1980).