Public hearing concerning fishing at Lake Blue Ridge

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division is proposing a change to walleye fishing regulations at Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County.  This change would adjust the current walleye creel and possession limit from 15 to 8 fish.

The current creel and possession limit of 15 walleye was established in the 1970s and no longer meets management objectives, says John Biagi, chief of the Fisheries Management Section. This change would adjust the walleye creel and possession limit to the statewide limit of eight fish, further simplifying fishing regulations for Georgia anglers. 

  The department has scheduled a public hearing for interested citizens to offer input on this proposed change. Those interested are encouraged to bring this meeting to the attention of others who also may be interested in participating.  The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, 152 Orvin Lance Drive.

Attendees are welcome to provide statements or comments, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants should register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement. This meeting site is accessible to people with physical disabilities.

  Those unable to attend the meeting may submit input electronically or in writing by July 31, 2016.  Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, Fisheries Management Section; Attn: Thomas Litts; 2065 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, GA 30025. 

To submit comments online and additional information, visit or contact the Fisheries Management Section at 770-918-6406.

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