Freshwater and Trout – Freshwater Game Fish Daily Limits
It is unlawful to take in one day or to possess at any one time, except at a residence or commercial storage facility, more than the daily creel limit for each species. It is unlawful to possess more than a total of 50 individuals of all the game fish listed in this section, except channel and flathead catfish.
Once the daily creel limit for a particular species is taken, it is unlawful to continue to fish for that species.
Exception: Daily limits differ on certain waters shared by Georgia and South Carolina (see Agreements with Bordering States).
See special creel limits on Public Fishing Areas.
- Bass – 10 Largemouth, Redeye (Coosa), Shoal, Smallmouth, Spotted, and/or Suwanee bass
- Bream (see exception) – 50 Flier, Spotted sunfish (stumpknockers), Rockbass (goggleye), Shadow bass, Redbreast, Redear, Bluegill, and/or Warmouth
- Catfish – No Limit Channel and/or Flathead
- Crappie – 30 Black and/or White
- Pickerel – 5 Chain, Grass and/or Redfin
- Sauger – 8
- Shad – 8 American and/or Hickory
- Striped bass, White bass and/or Hybrid striped-white bass (see note & exceptions) – 15 (only two can be 22 inches or longer)
- Trout (see exception) – 8 Brook, Rainbow, and/or Brown trout
- Walleye (see exception) – 8
Bream: see South Carolina in Agreements with Bordering States.
Striped bass, White bass and/or Hybrid striped-white bass:
- Limit taken from the North Newport River; Medway River including Mount Hope Creek; Little Ogeechee River; Ogeechee River; Oconee River downstream of Georgia Highway 22 in Milledgeville; Ocmulgee River downstream of the Georgia Highway 96 bridge between Houston & Twiggs counties; Altamaha River, St. Marys River, Satilla River; and the tributaries to these river sections; and from saltwater is a two (2) fish limit, both must be 22 inches in length or longer.
- There is no length limit for Striped bass, White bass, and Hybrid striped-white bass taken from the waters covered in the Agreement with South Carolina (see South Carolina under Agreements with Bordering States).
Trout: See Amicalola Creek, Chattahoochee River, Smithgall Woods, Smith Creek, and Waters Creek under Trout Fishing Regulations/Special Trout Streams Regulations.
Walleye: Limit on Blue Ridge Reservoir is 15.