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Sporting Adventures

Whatever quarry you pursue, Dawson County has plenty of opportunities to bag and bring home a trophy. Hunting and fishing are two of the most popular outdoor activities here. Fly fishing for trout, lake fishing for bass, and hunting for game, large and small, make Dawson County an outdoor playground. You can even fire off a few rounds at sporting clays.
Fishing in Dawson County, Georgia

Dawson County attracts anglers from all over the Southeast. Trout fishing is popular in the Amicalola River and several area trout streams. Lake anglers will find largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and other popular species in abundance, both in area ponds and lakes and in Lake Lanier.


Seasonal Trout Streams
Amicalola Creek Watershed
Upstream from Dawson County Road 192 (Steele Bridge Road) which is the first bridge upstream from Georgia Highway 53
Amicalola Creek Tributaries
Georgia Highway 53 upstream to Dawson County Road 192 (Steele Bridge Road)
Nimblewill Creek Watershed
Shoal Creek Watershed
upstream from the mouth of Burt Creek
Sweetwater Creek Watershed

Year-Round Trout Streams
Amicalola Creek
Dawson County Road 192 (Steele Bridge Road) downstream to Georgia Highway 53
Anderson Creek Watershed
Long Swamp Creek Watershed

Lake Fishing
Lake Lanier is well known as a productive fishing lake. Many species of fish thrive in the lake. Lake Lanier is best known for its Spotted Bass where catching one weighing 5 pounds or more is not uncommon. Types of fish you will find in the lake are Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, Crappie, Large Mouth Bass, Brim, Catfish (several species), Walleye, Carp, Long Nose Gar and multiple species of bait fish. The lake has approximately 39,000 surface acres of water at its full level. Although there is little natural cover in the top 1/3 of the lake due to tree clearing during construction, there are trees left standing in the lower portions of the lake as well as brush piles, drop-offs, submerged humps, and rock outcroppings in shallower areas. The Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources actively manages fish habitat on Lake Lanier.

Dawson County Lake Access Areas:

Warhill Park
4081 War Hill Park Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534

(706) 344-3646

Toto Creek (Corps of Engineers Park)
Toto Creek Park Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534

(770) 945-9531

Thompson Park (Corps of Engineers Park)
Highway 53 off GA 400
Thompson Creek Park Road

(770) 945-9531

Nix Bridge (Corps of Engineers Park)
Nix Bridge Road
Dawsonville, GA 30534

(770) 945-9531

A complete list of boat ramps on Lake Lanier can be found at:
http://www.lakelaniermaps.com/Lake_Lanier_Boat_Ramps_Map.html

Fishing Guides in our area:

Daniel Tritt, Trophy guided fly fishing in private trophy waters.
(706) 864-1732
www.tritts.com

Shane Watson, Striped bass fishing.
(770) 235-9829
www.lakelanierstripers.com

Jim Bo on Lanier, Spotted Bass Service.
(770) 542-7764
www.jimboonlanier.com.bolderize.com

Ryan Coleman, Lanier Spots
(770) 356-4136
www.lanierspots.com



 
Hunting
 
Hunters ......
Dawson County has some densely forested acreage that is home to a diversity of game species: deer, bear, turkey, small game animals, dove, and waterfowl. During the appropriate hunting season, licensed hunters can enjoy this sport on both public and private lands. Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area allows seasonal public hunting for licensed hunters.

Click here for hunting schedule.
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Etowah Valley Game Preserve
Etowah Valley Game Preserve has guided and self-guided upland hunts for pheasant, chukka, and quail in the foothills of beautiful North Georgia Mountains. Lunch is included and warm-up trap on-site. So plan ahead to come visit. Quail, Chukka and Pheasant hunting October 1st through March 31st.
120 Leon Jones Road
678-410-0983
Click here to visit website.

Sporting Clays
Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Park, with its unique Amish-style clubhouse, is the ideal place to gather for traditional family, social, church, and business outings. Offering two 13-station sporting clays courses, two 6-station sporting clays courses, 5-stand and wobble trap.
 
619 Sporting Hill Drive
(706) 265-1611
www.etowahvalleysportingclays.com
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