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Load up the rods and reels, stock up the tackle box, grab your favorite fishing buddy, and dip your hooks into a river (or a lake) of fishing fun with these reely nice fishing spots in Dublin-Laurens!

Hugh M. Gillis Public Fishing Area

For an outdoor experience fit for anglers of all ages, pack up the family and head to Hugh M. Gillis Public Fishing Area at 580 Keens Crossing Road in Adrian GA! Open year round, this PFA includes a boat ramp, canoe access, a fishing pier, nature trails, picnic sites, primitive campsites, and restrooms. Spot fish species like the largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and redear sunfish. Hugh Gillis PFA also hosts hunts for deer and turkey during which trails and camping areas are closed, so make sure to check hunting dates before planning a family trip!

River Bend Wildlife Management Area

Experience a fishing trip that brings you closer to nature when you visit River Bend Wildlife Management Area at 1945 Highway 199 in East Dublin GA. Explore two tracts full of beautiful flora, active fauna, and secluded spots perfect for a quiet day of fishing and camping. Cast off the bank of Pugh’s Creek or don a life jacket and set off into Troup’s Spring Lake from a paved boat ramp. Catch a cooler full of bass, bream, and other game fish.

Beaverdam Wildlife Management Area

For the rugged outdoorsmen looking for the ultimate primitive camping and fishing destination, journey to Beaverdam Wildlife Management Area. Hike around the WMA to fish in one of the many lakes and streams or hit the northeast corner  to find a convenient boat ramp to launch into the Oconee River. Here, you’ll find redbreast sunfish, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. Fish YOUR way: hook and line, trotline, jug, or bow fishing! To visit Beaverdam, take US 441 north 4.5 miles; turn right on Old Toomsboro Road, go 7.5 miles to WMA sign; turn right on Oconee Church Road, and turn at WMA sign.

Free Fishing Day

Georgia offers two Free Fishing Days in honor of National Fishing and Boating Week every year. In addition, Georgia offers a Free Fishing Day in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day! The next free fishing day is on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023. No licenses are required for Georgia residents to fish in Public Fishing Areas, Wildlife Manangement Areas, and other public waters in the state. Take this opportunity to introduce someone to the fun of fishing!

For more information on Georgia Fishing Regulations, CLICK HERE or pick up a copy at the Dublin Visitors Center!

Need help getting a fishing license? Stop at the Visitors Center right off I-16 at Exit 51, and we will help set you up for your next Dublin GA fishing excursion.