North Georgia Mountains Fishing
Guests to The Overlook Inn have many options for fishing in North Georgia – there are a wealth of streams and lakes in the area. Here you’ll find several favorite fishing spots, and also local fishing charter companies that will gladly provided guides for your outing.
Fort Mountain Lake
181 Fort Mountain State Park Rd, Chatsworth, GA
Fort Mountain Lake, inside Fort Mountain State Park, is a beautiful spring-fed, 17-acre lake, open for fishing all year during park hours.
Note: Fishing is not permitted from the beach or pedal boat dock, and anyone 16 or older must have a valid resident or non-resident fishing license.
Carters Lake offers anglers a large variety of game fish. Some of the species popular in the lake are striped, large mouth, small mouth and spotted bass, walleye, bream, crappie and catfish. Good fishing can be found in the main lake, the re-regulation pool, and in the tailrace downstream of the re-regulation pool. Trout can also be caught in some of the lake’s tributaries.
Approximate driving time is 40 min from the Inn.
At 3150 ft above sea level, Conasauga Lake is the highest lake in Georgia. Located near the summit of Grassy Mountain in the Cohutta Mountains, the lake is a full 17 acres, surprisingly reminiscent of an Alpine lake.
The area is rich in plants, birds, wildlife and recreational opportunities – including great fishing. After an extended seeding effort, the lake has a population of largemouth bass.
Amicalola Falls & Creek
1548 Hwy 68, Ducktown, TN
Amicalola Falls is named from a Cherokee word meaning “tumbling waters” – the tallest waterfall in Georgia.
Below the falls, Amicalola Creek is managed as a trout stream and is open to fishing from the last Saturday in March through the end of October.
Holly and Emery Creeks
Holly Creek is located on the southern edge of the Wildlife Management Area. The creek receives regular stockings of rainbow trout, released in the lower sections of the stream where there is good road access. This section of the creek is good for groups, since it consists of large pools alongside FS18.
Farther upstream there is good fishing for wild rainbows where Emery Creek enters the main stream about a mile above the road. Emery is also open to year-round fishing. A hiking trail along Holly Creek provides good access to the where the streams conjoin.
Above the intersection with Emery Creek, Holly Creek runs through a small steep valley that is fairly strenuous to hike. This terrain eliminates much of the fishing traffic. As a result, this section of creek can provide uncrowded angling to those willing to put out the effort to get to it.
Reel ‘Em In Guide Service
Burnt Mountain Rd, Ellijay, GA
Reel Em In Guide Service is one of the oldest and most professional guide services in Georgia – established in 2001. Offering guided fly-fishing for trout from mountain streams to valley rivers. Reel Em In operates under a Guide/Outfitter Permit on the Chattahoochee National Forest. Their private waters include 7.5 miles of explosive reel stripping trophy trout.
All gear is included and even lunch during a full day charter. Their guides are first-aid/CPR certified, and love to teach the “art of fly-fishing”. No experience is needed!
Georgia Wild Trout
Georgia Wild Trout is a fly fishing guide service is geared for trout fishing in North Georgia.
They teach first time fly anglers and experienced anglers alike the basics and refined modern techniques of fly fishing.
GWT guides trips around Blue Ridge, Helen, Dahlonega, Ellijay, and Blairsville on both wild trout streams and private trophy trout streams.
7280 S Main St, Helen, GA
Unicoi Outfitters was established on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in 1994 – offering guided fly fishing trips for trout, striped bass, and shoal bass throughout the North Georgia region.
Unicoi Oufitters, the 2018 Orvis Fly Shop of the Year, is also a Gold Level Business Member of Trout Unlimited.