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Important Messages from the Georgia DNR:

Feb. 18 News Releases

Following are five news releases from the Georgia Department of Natural 
Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

For more information, contact

Melissa Cummings, Sr. Public Relations and Information Specialist – (770) 918-
6400

Lisa Doty, Public Affairs Coordinator – (770) 918-6400


SUMMARY OF RELEASES FOR FEBRUARY 19, 2004

NEW THIS YEAR!  HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES BECOME ANNUAL Hunting and Fishing 
Licenses Good One Year From Date of Purchase Until this year, hunting and 
fishing licenses in the state always expired on March 31 – no matter if they 
were bought on April 1 of the previous year or on March 30 of the current year. 
In an effort to give hunters and anglers the full value of their license, the 
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) has 
changed to an annual licensing system so that all licenses will be good for one 
year from the date of purchase.

FINDING FISH ATTRACTORS ON ALLATOONA MADE EASY Looking for good places to fish 
on Lake Allatoona?  Find a fish attractor.  The Allatoona Fish Attractor 
Program, initiated in 2002, is a joint project between the Georgia Department of 
Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), Georgia State Parks 
Division, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wildlife Action, 
local businesses and anglers.  Over the next five years, 300 fish attractors are 
scheduled for placement at 100 locations within the lake.

TIM BARRETT OF THE RICHMOND HILL HATCHERY SELECTED AS “FISHERY WORKER OF THE 
YEAR” BY GEORGIA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY

The Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) recently selected 
Tim Barrett as the “Fishery Worker of the Year,” announces the Georgia 
Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).  Barrett, a 
WRD Sr. Fisheries Biologist, is the Morone Production Coordinator (hybrid 
striped bass production) at the Richmond Hill Hatchery.  

REGGIE WEAVER OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA HONORED WITH CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BY 
AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY

The Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) recently honored 
Reggie Weaver with a Career Achievement Award, announces the Georgia Department 
of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).  Weaver, a WRD 
Fisheries Biologist in Northeast Georgia, has been an outstanding WRD employee 
who not only has been a part of some significant projects, but also is extremely 
well-respected by other fisheries professionals and WRD Staff.  

COOPERATIVE CLEANUP EFFORT SCHEDULED IN EARLY MARCH FOR

SETTLES BRIDGE UNIT OF CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER SYSTEM

All Volunteers Welcome – Recreation Time Planned After Cleanup If you have been 
lucky enough to fish, float or have fun near the Chattahoochee River, you 
already know what a precious resource it is – especially for those near the 
metro-Atlanta area.  Here is your chance to give back and help make the resource 
even better.  A river cleanup, coordinated by Trout Unlimited (TU), is scheduled 
for the Settles Bridge Unit, located in Gwinnett County, of the Chattahoochee 
River National Recreation Area on Saturday, March 6, 2004 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Cooperating agencies include TU, National Parks Service, Georgia Department of 
Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), and U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers (COE).  Recreational activities, including casting some lines for 
trout, will be available upon completion of the cleanup.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NEW THIS YEAR!  HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES BECOME ANNUAL Hunting and Fishing 
Licenses Good One Year From Date of Purchase


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (February 19, 2004) – Until this year, hunting and fishing 
licenses in the state always expired on March 31 – no matter if they were bought 
on April 1 of the previous year or on March 30 of the current year.  In an 
effort to give hunters and anglers the full value of their license, the Georgia 
Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) has changed 
to an annual licensing system so that all licenses will be good for one year 
from the date of purchase.  

“The Division believes that hunters and anglers will be very pleased with the 
new annual licensing system – this will allow them to enjoy the use of their 
license for a full year and provide them with a better value,” says WRD License 
Unit Program Manager Mike Hughes.  “We encourage those who buy a license to mark 
its expiration on a calendar or devise some other way to remind them when it’s 
time to renew.”

Sportsmen and women have several ways to purchase hunting and fishing licenses. 
There are more than 1,200 license sales agents around the state, including WRD 
offices, outdoor sports stores, marinas and sporting goods counters at most Wal-
Mart and K-Mart stores.  Hunters and anglers also can purchase licenses over the 
Internet or by phone.  To purchase over the Internet, go to 
www.georgiawildlife.com (no user fee charges) or purchase by phone at 1-888-748-
6887 ($3.95 transaction fee for up to six licenses). Internet users will print 
out their license on their home printers. Telephone license purchasers will be 
issued a temporary validation number pending arrival of their license by mail.  

“Hunting and fishing license sales contribute directly towards wildlife 
conservation,” says WRD Director Noel Holcomb.  “No matter which activities 
someone participates in, be it bird-watching, hunting, fishing, hiking or 
others, all outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the benefits from the sale of hunting and 
fishing licenses.”

For more information on hunting and fishing licenses or purchasing options call 
the WRD License Unit at (770) 414-3333 or go to www.georgiawildlife.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FINDING FISH ATTRACTORS ON ALLATOONA MADE EASY


SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (February 19, 2004) – Looking for good places to fish on Lake 
Allatoona?  Find a fish attractor.  The Allatoona Fish Attractor Program, 
initiated in 2002, is a joint project between the Georgia Department of Natural 
Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), Georgia State Parks Division, the 
United States Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Wildlife Action, local businesses 
and anglers.  Over the next five years, 300 fish attractors are scheduled for 
placement at 100 locations within the lake.                        

“Anglers on Lake Allatoona can expect spotted bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, 
crappie and catfish to hold in and around the attractors at various times of the 
year,” says WRD Fisheries Biologist Jim Hakala.  “This printable map – available 
via the Internet - will assist anglers in locating the attractors.”

Underwater woody debris such as logs, brush and stumps are all natural fish 
attractors.  Fish use these areas for protection, as places to ambush prey and 
sometimes as spawning areas.  As a reservoir ages much of this woody debris is 
lost through the natural process of decay and as a result, fish habitat declines 
over time.  This loss of habitat can reduce the number of fish a lake can 
support.  To counteract these natural processes, man-made fish habitat can be 
created to replace that which is lost over time.  These habitat improvements 
often come in the form of fish attractors.  They can be of various shapes and 
sizes and made from a number of materials (the attractors for the Allatoona 
Project will be constructed with PVC pipe), but all serve the purpose of 
providing underwater habitat for fish.  

A printable map showing the locations of the fish attractors that have been 
placed to date is available by visiting the WRD website at www.gofishgeorgia.com 
, select Fishing, Places to Fish and then 2003 Georgia Reservoir Fishing 
Prospects.  Allatoona Fish Attractors is listed separately in the menu on the 
right side of the page.  The map will be updated annually as new fish attractors 
are placed in Allatoona.

For more information about the Allatoona Fish Attractor Program, contact the WRD 
Fisheries Management Office located in Summerville at 706-857-3394 or the U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Allatoona Office at 678-721-6700.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TIM BARRETT OF THE RICHMOND HILL HATCHERY SELECTED 

AS “FISHERY WORKER OF THE YEAR” BY 

GEORGIA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY



SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (February 19, 2004) – The Georgia Chapter of the American 
Fisheries Society (AFS) recently selected Tim Barrett as the “Fishery Worker of 
the Year,” announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife 
Resources Division (WRD).  Barrett, a WRD Sr. Fisheries Biologist, is the Morone 
Production Coordinator (hybrid striped bass production) at the Richmond Hill 
Hatchery.  The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability 
of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic 
science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.  This award is 
presented to an individual in recognition of recent, exceptional accomplishments 
in fisheries science and/or management.

“Georgia is fortunate that we have someone of Tim Barrett’s caliber coordinating 
this program,” says WRD Chief of Fisheries Management Chuck Coomer.  “He has 
demonstrated the knowledge and ability to experiment with the hybrid striped 
bass production program, and as a result has produced record levels of bass 
production for this particular hatchery.”

Tim Barrett began his career with WRD in March 1997 as a Fisheries Biologist. In 
2001, he was promoted to Sr. Fisheries Biologist and became the Morone 
Production Coordinator at the Richmond Hill Hatchery.  Barrett’s keen interest 
in fish culture has helped him develop and refine spawning techniques that have 
significantly increased the efficiency of the hybrid striped bass production 
program and reduced the number of white bass broodfish needed to meet the 
state’s stocking program.  In essence, his work paves the way to produce more 
with less.

For more information on the AFS Fishery Worker of the Year Award, visit the AFS 
website at www.fisheries.org .  For more information on fishing in Georgia, 
visit the WRD website at www.gofishgeorgia.com .

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


REGGIE WEAVER OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA HONORED WITH CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD BY 
AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY



SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (February 19, 2004) – The Georgia Chapter of the American 
Fisheries Society (AFS) recently honored Reggie Weaver with a Career Achievement 
Award, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources 
Division (WRD).  Weaver, a WRD Fisheries Biologist in Northeast Georgia, has 
been an outstanding WRD employee who not only has been a part of some 
significant projects, but also is extremely well-respected by other fisheries 
professionals and WRD Staff.  The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation 
and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing 
fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries 
professionals.  This award is given to those who have contributed significantly 
to the betterment of fisheries and fishing in the State.

“In his 27 years of service to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 
Reggie Weaver has helped to set the standard for customer service and teamwork,” 
says WRD Chief of Fisheries Management Chuck Coomer.  “Through his quiet 
actions, Reggie has made us all better fisheries professionals, public servants 
and human beings.  In addition, he has made us more productive and given our 
agency a greater credibility in the eyes of the public we serve.”

Reggie Weaver began his WRD career in April 1976 at the Fisheries Office located 
in Albany and transferred to the Gainesville Office in 1979.  Some of his 
accomplishments during his career include; helping create and maintain a 
nationally recognized striped bass and spotted bass fishery in Lake Lanier, 
managing the Lake Chatuge fish population which produced a world record hybrid 
striped bass, helping maintain statewide striped bass production by capturing 
broodstock from Lake Lanier for hatchery use while coastal rivers recovered and 
building working relationships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the 
Tennessee Valley Authority to enhance reservoir fish habitat.  

Weaver has authored numerous federal aid reports and technical publications on 
reservoir management, and in addition, has penned countless articles on fishing 
for a variety of publications.  He is willing to take risks and try new 
techniques to recover or enhance sport fishing opportunities – two current 
examples would be the trophy bass management program at Bear Creek Reservoir and 
the experimental stocking of largemouth bass in Lake Nottely.

For more information on the AFS Fishery Worker of the Year Award, visit the AFS 
website at www.fisheries.org .  For more information on fishing in Georgia, 
visit the WRD website at www.gofishgeorgia.com .                     

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COOPERATIVE CLEANUP EFFORT SCHEDULED IN EARLY MARCH FOR

SETTLES BRIDGE UNIT OF CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER SYSTEM

All Volunteers Welcome – Recreation Time Planned After Cleanup


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (February 19, 2004) – If you have been lucky enough to fish, 
float or have fun near the Chattahoochee River, you already know what a precious 
resource it is – especially for those near the metro-Atlanta area.  Here is your 
chance to give back and help make the resource even better.  A river cleanup, 
coordinated by Trout Unlimited (TU), is scheduled for the Settles Bridge Unit, 
located in Gwinnett County, of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area 
on Saturday, March 6, 2004 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cooperating agencies include TU, 
National Parks Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife 
Resources Division (WRD), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE).  Recreational 
activities, including casting some lines for trout, will be available upon 
completion of the cleanup.

“This land is newly acquired and has not yet been developed by the National Park 
Service and as such is an area that is subject to possible illegal dumping,” 
says Trout Unlimited Representative Bruce Rickey.  “Current reduction of funding 
for both National and State agencies creates a need for public involvement and 
will provide those who participate a greater awareness and respect for this 
valuable resource.  We encourage any groups or individuals who support the 
principles of balanced use and preservation of the Chattahoochee River to 
participate.”  

Objectives for this area include improving the conditions of this area by 
removal of trash, non-native plants and installation of an educational kiosk 
(donated by TU); providing a vehicle for multiple organizations to work together 
forging unity and creating greater understanding and cooperation between these 
groups; providing an opportunity for individuals to participate in a community 
service project and bringing attention to the value of the Chattahoochee River 
to local area residences, business and visitors.

“Our agency is interested in this project because it will improve angler access 
to a popular urban trout fishery and will allow us to stock a portion of the 
Chattahoochee for the first time in several years,” says WRD Chief of Fisheries 
Management Chuck Coomer.  

The participating agencies will provide different aspects of assistance.  The 
National Parks Service will oversee general operations on the park area, WRD 
will provide trout for stocking for those who participate in the clean-up, COE 
has indicated that the generation schedule will not conflict with the cleanup 
efforts on the river, Chattahoochee Coldwater Fishery Foundation will provide a 
flotilla of jet boats and possibly a bobcat for the removal of large objects 
from the opposite bank and the riverbed and TU will provide coordination for all 
groups.

For more information or if you would like to participate, please contact Bruce 
Rickey at bruceandjulie@comcast.net or call 770-565-0792.  

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Useful Phone Numbers:

WATER RELEASE INFORMATION:
Buford Dam: 770-945-1466 | Morgan Falls: 404-329-1455

TVA River info: 800-238-2264
Green River flows: 800-829-5253
Tuckaseegee River flow: 866-332-5253
SC Operation Game Thief: 800-922-5431
TN Poaching Hotline: 800-831-1174
GA Turn In Poachers (TIP): 800-241-4113
NC Wildlife Violations: 800-662-7137
NC License: 888-248-6834
TN License: 888-814-8972
SC License: 888-434-7472
TU National: 800-834-2419


2004 Free Fishing Days

TBA

Chris Martin
Aquatic Education Program Coordinator
Georgia Wildlife Resources Division

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