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Fishing season at county reservoirs starts this weekend

 

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 
 

  It’s time for fishing again at the Henry County Water Authority’s two largest reservoirs.

Anglers enjoy fishing HCWA reservoirs during last summer’s Kayak and Fishing Field Day for Henry County Special Olympics and special needs citizens.                                Special photo

  The 2014 season officially begins March 1 and lasts through the end of November at the Upper Towaliga and Tussahaw reservoirs and if the past few years are any indication, their popularity among local residents will only continue to rise as they are said to be ideal destinations for local anglers seeking bass, crappie, brim and catfish.

  The Tussahaw Reservoir is a 1,466 acre raw water storage facility that holds approximately 9.78 billion gallons at full pool. When it opened in 2007 for drinking water production, it almost doubled the Authority’s storage capacity. At 1,100 acres, the Ed Cole/Upper Towaliga Reservoir can store up to an additional 6 billion gallons of raw water.

  Fishing is allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at these two locations.

  To fish HCWA reservoirs, an angler must have an active reservoir use permit, which is valid for one calendar year from the date of purchase. A permit holder may take one guest free of charge. Permits are available for $45 (with discounts for seniors, veterans, and citizens with disabilities) at the Authority headquarters, 1695 Hwy. 20 West in McDonough, during the utility’s normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

  Each permit holder also must sign a release form and adhere to all rules and regulations governing the use of HCWA reservoirs and Georgia public waters. 

  Fishing at the Tussahaw and Ed Cole/Upper Towaliga is allowed from the reservoir banks and from boats powered by no more than electric/trolling motors. Permit holders are not allowed to use gas powered boats on the lakes, as drinking water reservoirs have more stringent requirements for public access than recreational lakes. 

  The Henry County Water Authority is also hosting its first fishing tournament fundraiser Saturday, March 29, at the Longbranch Reservoir adjacent to the Cubihatcha Outdoor Education Center. The proceeds of the fundraiser benefit the Henry County Outdoor Education Partnership and its programming.

  For more information on fishing at HCWA reservoirs, visit www.hcwsa.com or contact the HCWA Reservoirs Office at the Cubihatcha Outdoor Education Center at 678-583-3930.

 

 

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