The Best Atlanta Area Fishing Tours

You may not know, but the state of Georgia and the area around Atlanta has some of the best fishing to be found in the South. Whether you are looking to fish bass, striper, or trout, there is something for everyone who wants to fish in Georgia.

A Georgia fishing license is required for fishing freshwater and saltwater locations in Georgia. They are not require to fish in private ponds. Any legitimate fishing tour operator will help you obtain your Georgia fishing license and inform you on any other regulations that are specific to your fishing area.

Here are some local fishing tour operators in and around Atlanta that will help you get the most out of your fishing trip.

Lake Lanier Striper & Bass Fishing-This outfit specializes in fishing for Lake Lanier Striper and Lake Lanier Bass. Harold Nash has operated this service for 28 years, Whether you are looking to plan a corporate outing, a family day on the water, or maybe you are looking to escape for a day to try and catch a trophy-sizes bass or striper. Once you have fished with Harold, you will know the value of what an experienced guide can do for you. Book Harold early as his charters fill up fast. He caters to beginners and advanced anglers.

River Through Atlanta - River Through Atlanta is a fishing and river tour service located on Riverside Drive in Roswell, GA. A great place to start for beginners. Easy to get to, and a fun trip. Goto for more info.

Lake Lanier Fishing Charters - Lake Lanier outside of Atlanta is home to great bass fishing. These trips are le by guide John Mark Thorne. Captain Thorne is as much an entertainer as he is a fishing guide. He will take you out on his 25 foot Carolina Skiff. 4 and 8 hour trips are available with a $100 deposit. Captain Thorne will make sure your trip on Lake Lanier is enjoyable. His site is

Lake Lanier - Shane Watson Guide Service - Since 1979, Shane Watson has been guiding fishing tours on Lake Lanier. He's a third generation Lake Lanier guide an he specializes in having you land the best striper. He rns half, full-day, and night trips out on the lake. His tours run seven days a week, and everything is inclued. Gift certificates are available, check him out on the web at:

Fishing Lanier with Bill Vanderford - Bill leads trips on both Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River. Bill is listed as a "registere guide" with the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Bill's trips are educational and he is also a noted author and speaker. The rates here are reasonable. Guided tours start at $250.00 for a half day outing. Bill it truly an expert on Atlanta's largest lake, Lake Lanier. Bill specialized in trips where nass, striper, and walleye are caught. Bill Vanderford's site is

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