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Hugh Gillis Public Fishing Area

People fishing surrounded by pine trees at Hugh Gillis PFA.

Go fish at Hugh Gillis Public Fishing Area in Laurens County. Located minutes from Dublin GA, this 109-acre lake and 640 acres of surrounding terrain is a breathtaking spot managed to provide excellent fishing for anglers of all ages. This lake is intensively managed to provide excellent fishing for both boat and bank anglers and has numerous humps and standing timber to attract fish. Major species of fish in the lake include the largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and redear sunfish. In addition to fishing, the area provides an excellent setting for picnicking, camping and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends.

Amenities & Hours

Facilities at Hugh Gillis Public Fishing Area include concrete boat ramp, canoe access, fishing pier, lake, nature trails, picnic shelters, picnic sites, primitive campsites and restrooms. The fishing area is open year-round, May 1st through September 30th 24 hours a day and October 1st through April 30th from sunrise until sunset!

Hunting Dates 2023-2024

Hugh Gillis Public Fishing Area also offers opportunities for deer and turkey hunting.

  • Archery Deer Hunts: November 3rd, 2023 – November 13th, 2023
  • Specialty Quota Turkey Hunts: April 19th, 2024 – April 20th, 2024 & May 3rd, 2024 – May 4th, 2024

The camping area and trails are closed during hunts. Please check the Hunting Regulations for more information.


Licensing: To help cover the costs of maintaining Hugh Gillis PFA, visitors (ages 16-64) must have one of the following:

  • Hunting License
  • Fishing License
  • Lands Pass

To purchase a pass, you can stop by the Dublin Visitors Center Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Saturday and from 10 AM to 4 PM for assistance, or visit: