It’s no secret that trout is becoming big business in Georgia. From residents and visitors wanting to fish the state’s streams and rivers to the featured protein on restaurant menus, the prized fish is impacting local economies in a big way. Here are the top places to find trout in Georgia.
Toccoa River – The Toccoa River, in Fannin County, has just the right conditions to warrant the growth of big fish. According to the Blue Ridge Chamber of Commerce, the river is stocked above Blue Ridge Dam “about every other week” during prime fishing times. Book a lesson with any of the fishing guides in Blue Ridge to learn some tricks for reeling in the big ones. (Before casting a line, review the Georgia Department of Natural Resources trout fishing regulations.)
Your Delta flight – Acclaimed chef Linton Hopkins, of Restaurant Eugene, cheeseburger hot spot Holeman and Finch, H&F Bread Co. and the forthcoming Linton’s at Atlanta Botanical Garden, has worked with the Atlanta-based airline to create menus with local flare for passengers flying from Atlanta to Europe. Along with regional cheeses, Carolina Gold rice and grits, local charcuterie and pork, travelers will find mountain trout being offered up.
Chattahoochee National Forest – Spanning a large part of the state’s northern region, the Chattahoochee National Forest is home to the Chattooga River, which features prime whitewater rafting opportunities and Southern Appalachian Brook Trout, a species that is not stocked by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Blue Ridge Trout Fest and Outdoor Adventures – Each year, the town of Blue Ridge plays host to a weekend of festivities celebrating its claim as the Trout Capital of Georgia. This year’s festival runs April 29-30, 2016.
Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.