Fishing Rules

Rules & Regulations for Management of the Lake at Blythe Island Regional Park
Purpose
To establish rules and procedures governing recreational fishing in the fresh-water lake located at Blythe Island Regional Park.

Background
Effective fisheries management requires measures to prevent over-harvest of limited fish resources and costs involved in development of the Park necessitates charging recreational fisherman reasonable fees for use of this facility.

Information
Rules and regulations contained in the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Fresh-water Sportfishing Regulations, “Public Fishing Areas,” are applicable to the fresh-water lake at Blythe Island Regional Park with exceptions presented herein.

Rules and Regulations
Period Lake is Open For Public Fishing:
The lake will open for public fishing from 8:00 a.m. daily, Sunday through Saturday. Closing will vary at different times of year.

Fishing – Boating Permit
Fishermen ages 11 and up must have a fishing permit, issued daily by Park Staff Personnel. Fishing Permits will be controlled limiting the number of fishermen on lake to a maximum of twenty five (25) at any time. The fee for Fishing Permits shall be five dollars ($5.00). A $5 deposit is also required and will be refunded on return of the Fishing Permit. The Fishing Permit will be displayed on the person of the fisherman in the manner prescribed by Park Staff Personnel for proper identification and control.

FIFTY CENTS (.50) WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM REFUND FOR BROKEN PERMIT!PERMITS MUST BE TURNED IN DAILY BEFORE THE OFFICE CLOSES.FAILURE TO DO SO WILL FORFEIT YOUR $2.00 DEPOSIT.

Use of Personal Boats
The fee shall be $5.00 for use of personal boats in the lake for the purpose of fishing.
The above applies to owner/operator of boat. Additional person fishing in same boat will be subject to existing fees rules and regulations contained in above paragraph.

ALL PERSONAL BOATS MUST ADHERE TO U.S. COAST GUARD AND DNR REGULATIONS.DAILY CREEL AND POSSESSION LIMITS PER-PERMITTED PERSON DAILY

Number of Fish
Bass: Limit five (5). Minimum 14 inches in length. (Bass smaller than 14” inches to be handled by mouth and released unharmed).
Bream: Limit ten (10). Minimum 5 inches in length.
Catfish: Limit five (5). Minimum 17 inches in length. (Catfish smaller those 17 inches to be released unharmed).
Crappie: Limit ten (10). Minimum 9 inches in length.

It shall be UNLAWFUL for any person fishing in the lake to refuse to allow Park Staff Personnel to count, measure, and/or weigh his catch.

Bait: The use of live fish for bait purposes is prohibited. Minnows are allowed, No Goldfish!

Check In/Out
All fishermen are required to check in and out with the Campground Office and will enter and leave the lake area only through the Campground Road. It shall be unlawful for any person to fish in the lake unless he has checked in at the Campground Office or to fail or refuse to check out before leaving the area.

Parking
Fishermen using the lake are required to park in the Beach Parking lot.

Restricted Areas
Access in the lake area is limited to that completed portion of the lake. Fenced, posted, or otherwise restricted areas are off limits to fishermen.

Prohibitions in Lake Area:
Boats with gasoline engines
Fires
Alcoholic beverages
Swimming (except in designated beach area)
Littering
Cleaning of fish (fish cleaning facilities available on river fishing pier)
Vehicles (except to provide access for handicapped requiring vehicular transportation)
Fishing in beach area.

Revised July 1, 2002