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High waters don't hurt fishing

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Rob Weller of the DNR (WALB image) Rob Weller of the DNR (WALB image)

Department of Natural Resources officials say it's a great time for fishing in Georgia, especially with all the high water we've had this year.

With the flood event in December and several heavy rains since, most Rivers and creeks are full.  At Radium Springs this morning, water was spilling out of the blue hole up into the gardens.

Despite high waters at the Georgia Power dam, there were a number of people fishing today.  DNR fisheries experts say all the flooding and high water issues are really good for fish habitat.

"When the water gets up high, it adds a lot of nutrients from the terrestrial environment.  And the fish can get out into the flood plains and feed.  And so they grow usually really well when we have high water," said Rob Weller, DNR Fisheries Supervisor.

Weller says it's good for the fish to have a balance between drought and flooding, and the fish this spring should be bigger and healthier.  So they say it's a great time to go fishing in Georgia.

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