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Georgia DNR closing public fishing areas on Mondays and Tuesdays
by CHUCK THOMPSON
Aug 11, 2011 | 3674 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A couple fishes for trophy largemouth bass at the Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area in Bleckley County.
A couple fishes for trophy largemouth bass at the Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area in Bleckley County.
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In another budget saving effort by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, most of the state’s public fishing areas will now be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Beginning Aug. 1, nine PFAs went to five-day-a-week operation. They are now open sunrise to sunset on Wednesday through Sunday.

The lone exception is Rocky Mountain PFA, which will remain open seven days a week as mandated in the state’s contract with Oglethorpe Power, which owns the property.

“Our goal has always been to provide our visitors with a quality angling experience in a family-friendly atmosphere. These changes will allow us to continue to offer the same level of experience while dealing with current staff reductions,” said DNR Wildlife Resources Division fisheries management chief John Biagi.

With hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, PFAs offer a variety of fishing opportunities, from lakes several hundred acres in size to ponds less than one acre. Some are designated as kids-only fishing ponds, while others are managed for trophy bass. Anglers can fish from a boat, along the shoreline or from a pier at most locations. Many areas have picnic tables, nature and wildlife observation trails, fish cleaning stations and restroom facilities. Some offer primitive campsites for those wishing to stay overnight on the area, and many facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.

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