Georgia State Parks offer Loaner Fishing Poles - WRBL

Georgia State Parks offer Loaner Fishing Poles

Posted: Updated:

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (June 20, 2013) – Whether you are planning to visit a Georgia State Park or Historic Site or you just happen to stop by one on a whim, be sure to come "cast" away your worries by fishing – whether you have the fishing equipment or not! The Fishing Tackle Loaner Program, offered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division and State Parks and Historic Sites, provides loaner fishing poles and stocked tackle boxes to visitors, for FREE!

"This program provides budding anglers a way to try out fishing without having to purchase any equipment," said John Biagi, fisheries chief of the Wildlife Resources Division. "It also encourages fishing activities at these nearby resource areas and helps remind visitors that Georgia has some great places to fish!"

Visitors should inquire about the program at park offices where they can check out the equipment for the day. Children under age 16 do not need a fishing license. However, interested anglers age 16 and up will need to purchase a license. Where can you quickly get a license? Buy it at the Park office, purchase it online (www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes) or buy it by phone at 1-800-366-2661.

Funding to supply the participating Parks and Historic Sites with the equipment is provided by the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This program allows funds accumulated from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and related items to be directed to activities that benefit recreational anglers. A portion of these funds is provided to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources based on several factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses.

With 25 State Parks and Historic Sites active in the program, there is sure to be an area close to you. More info at www.georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/TackleLoaner .

  • On Your SideMore>>

  • Escaped inmate tased twice, jumps in lake during capture

    Escaped inmate tased twice, jumps in lake during capture

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:01:28 GMT
    Grisset shows which way Adams ranGrisset shows which way Adams ran
    Darrin Adams got away from a Muscogee County prison detail last Friday. This came months after he escaped from the Lee County Detention Center in December and another Georgia prison in 1994. Lee County authorities found him late Wednesday night.
    Darrin Adams got away from a Muscogee County prison detail last Friday. This came months after he escaped from the Lee County Detention Center in December and another Georgia prison in 1994. Lee County authorities found him late Wednesday night.
  • Auburn woman shot in leg during domestic dispute

    Auburn woman shot in leg during domestic dispute

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:18:39 GMT
    59-year-old Johnnie Forte was arrested Friday after he allegedly shot a 29-year-old woman in the leg, according to Auburn Police.Officers responded to a shots fired call at a home on Kent Drive shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. The woman was treated at East Alabama Medical Center for a non-life threatening injury.Forte now faces domestic violence charges.
    59-year-old Johnnie Forte was arrested Friday after he allegedly shot a 29-year-old woman in the leg, according to Auburn Police.Officers responded to a shots fired call at a home on Kent Drive shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. The woman was treated at East Alabama Medical Center for a non-life threatening injury.Forte now faces domestic violence charges.
  • LaGrange man shot in face while sleeping

    LaGrange man shot in face while sleeping

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:15 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:15:21 GMT
    A LaGrange man is recovering after being shot in the face while he was sleeping, according to LaGrange Police. 
    A LaGrange man is recovering after being shot in the face while he was sleeping, according to LaGrange Police. 
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.