Unicoi Outfitters is north Georgia's premier guide service and fly fishing outfitter, located on the Chattahoochee River near alpine Helen. Look for fishing reports, gear and book reviews, and general musings here from our staff and guides.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Potential Record Brown Trout in Toccoa River Tailwater

John Damer, Fisheries Biologist with the Georgia DNR just posted this on NGTO:

This beast is out there just waiting to be caught...

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This fish was captured using boat mounted electrofishing gear as part of an ongoing study of trout population dynamics on the lower Toccoa River. It was measured at 28.3" in length and weighed 14 lbs, and then it was released (Where, you ask??? Gee, I don't remember ). If caught by an angler it would be the new record brown trout for the Toccoa River.

As an added bonus, any angler who catches this monster will find that it has one of our small green tags attached just below its dorsal fin, as you can see here:

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To date we have tagged and released nearly 4,000 hatchery and resident trout in the lower Toccoa River. We ask that anglers help with the study by reporting any tagged fish they catch to 706-624-1161. For anyone who has not seen it, here is a link to our press release that explains the study:


As explained in the link above, one lucky Georgia angler who returns a tag to us will win a Lifetime Sportsmans License courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter of TU.

Just one more reason, to go fishing... Tight lines!


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