Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!

Take Dad fishing to celebrate his special day.  I found this great list on Atlanta Daybook, featuring some of the best fishing holes in the Atlanta Area.  Is your favorite spot listed below?

Get Hooked on Atlanta’s Hottest Fishing Spots


Spend some quality time with Dad this Father’s Day weekend by casting away worries and catching some fish. On June 18, only one day before Father’s Day, “National Go Fishing Day” is reeling in fun throughout Atlanta.

Based on statistics from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, it is understandable why fishing is the most popular wild-life sport in the state:

    • 1.29 million resident fishers benefit from diverse freshwater resources throughout the state.
    • Georgia is home to 4,000 miles of trout streams.
    • There are 12,000 miles of warm-water streams wider than 10 feet in Georgia.
    • 50,000 acres of fresh water are found throughout the state.

Although there are multiple places to take a fishing retreat throughout the state, you don’t even have to travel outside of Georgia’s largest city to cast a line. Atlanta is home to a few fishing gems that might surprise you:

Stone Mountain Park’s Best Kept Secret:
Stone Mountain Park is one of Georgia’s most popular attractions with the world’s largest exposed piece of granite and a renowned laser show; however, many don’t realize that the park is also home to two public fishing lakes. Overlooking these lakes would be a mistake, as it is common to catch bass weighing in the double digits. Stone Mountain provides families with the best of both worlds, an active park with multiple events, or the tranquility of these desolate ponds.

Fish with a President:
Nestled in the heart of Atlanta, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum presents an unexpected fishing retreat. Although the city skyline peaks through the trees, these ponds will make you forget you are in the South’s biggest city. This unique location allows fishers to celebrate “National Go Fishing Day” while celebrating National History at the library of the 39th president.

Bring Your Gear to Clara Meer in Piedmont Park:
Atlanta residents treasure Piedmont Park as the largest green space in the city, but many do not realize that renovations have also made the park ideal for fishing. Since Piedmont Park Conservancy renovated Clara Meer Lake in 2002, fishing quality has never been better. A new aeration system, three new piers, and the addition of a dock have made catching largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and bream enjoyable for anglers of all ages.

Georgia Aquarium is a Catch:
Although they won’t let you toss a line, the Georgia Aquarium allows you to get up close and personal with some of the largest and most exotic marine life on the planet. As the world’s largest aquarium, you and your family are sure to see more fish than you could ever try to catch. With new opportunities such as the “Beluga and Friends Interactive Program” and the “Journey with Gentle Giants Immersion Program”, guests are able to work alongside Aquarium trainers and interact with wildlife in a whole new way.

Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.

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