§ 27-4-10. Creel and possession limits; size restrictions.

CODE OF GEORGIA

Title 27. GAME AND FISH

Chapter 4. FISH

Article 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Current through 2019-2020 Chapter 609

§ 27-4-10. Creel and possession limits; size restrictions

(a) It shall be unlawful to take in one day or to possess at any one time, except at a commercial storage facility or at one's place of abode, more than the creel and possession limits established by the board for that fish species; provided, however, that it shall be illegal to possess more than a total of 50 individuals of all fresh water species named in this Code section. It shall be unlawful to take from the waters of this state or to possess any fish species larger or smaller or in numbers greater than the limits established by the board in accordance with this Code section. The board shall establish creel and possession limits which shall be no greater than the following limits and shall establish sizes of fish species within the following ranges which may not be taken:

Species

Ranges of Sizes Within Which Fish May Not Be Taken

Maximum Daily Creel And Possession Limit

(1) Largemouth bass

0 -- 24 inches

10

(2) Smallmouth bass

0 -- 18 inches

10

(3) Shoal bass

0 -- 18 inches

10

(4) Suwannee bass

0 -- 18 inches

10

(5) Spotted bass or Kentucky bass

0 -- 18 inches

10

(6) Redeye bass or Coosa bass

0 -- 12 inches

10

(7) Mountain trout

0 -- 24 inches

8

(8) White bass

0 -- 36 inches

15

(9) Striped bass

0 -- 36 inches

15

(10) Striped white bass hybrids

0 -- 36 inches

15

(11) Any one or combination of the species of bream or sunfish

0 -- 10 inches

50

(12) Walleye

0 -- 24 inches

15

(13) Sauger

0 -- 24 inches

15

(14) Chain pickerel

0 -- 24 inches

15

(15) Grass pickerel

0 -- 12 inches

15

(16) Redfin pickerel

0 -- 12 inches

15

(17) Black crappie

0 -- 14 inches

30

(18) White crappie

0 -- 14 inches

30

(19) American shad

0 -- 30 inches

8

(20) Hickory shad

0 -- 24 inches

8

(21) Amberjack

0 -- 50 inches

5

(22) Atlantic croaker

0 -- 10 inches

25

(23) Atlantic sturgeon

0 -- 86 inches

1

(24) Black drum

0 -- 36 inches

15

(25) Black sea bass

0 -- 15 inches

15

(26) Blue marlin

  

3

(27) Bluefish

0 -- 20 inches

15

(28) Cobia

0 -- 40 inches

5

(29) Dolphin

0 -- 24 inches

15

(30) Flounder (Paralicthys spp.)

0 -- 15 inches

15

(31) Gag grouper

0 -- 25 inches

5

(32) King mackerel

0 -- 36 inches

5

(33) Red drum

0 -- 36 inches

5

(34) Red porgy

0 -- 20 inches

10

(35) Red snapper

0 -- 25 inches

5

(36) Sailfish

  

3

(37) Sand tiger shark

0 -- 140 inches

1

(38) Sharks

0 -- 120 inches

2

(39) Sheepshead

0 -- 20 inches

15

(40) Small sharks composite (Atlantic sharpnose, bonnethead, and spiny dogfish)

0 -- 54 inches

4

(41) Spanish mackerel

0 -- 20 inches

20

(42) Spot

0 -- 10 inches

25

(43) Spotted sea trout

0 -- 25 inches

15

(44) Tarpon

0 -- 90 inches

1

(45) Tripletail

0 -- 25 inches

5

(46) Weakfish

0 -- 15 inches

15

(47) White marlin

  

3

(b) In accordance with sound principles of wildlife research and management, the board shall have the authority to promulgate rules and regulations establishing size limits, open seasons, creel and possession limits, and possession and landing specifications on a state-wide, regional, or local basis in accordance with this Code section. The board is further authorized to designate certain areas as catch and release fishing areas and to promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the management of such areas for catch and release fishing.

Cite as OCGA § 27-4-10

History. Amended by 2012 Ga. Laws 676, §; 5, eff. 1/1/2013.