ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As it gets warmer fishing will likely pick up.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said there are a few things you need to know before heading out with your rod and reel this season.
DNR said anyone over the age of 16 must have a fishing license to fish on the water in the state.
If you don't have a fishing license and fish on public property, you could receive an expensive citation.
DNR said buying a fishing license can help the overall Georgia economy.
"So we have 1.3 million anglers in the state of Georgia, which created a $2.1 billion impact and so everybody who buys a fishing license, it funds back to the state for restocking of streams and things like that," said David Jones, Georgia DNR Game Warden.
DNR said rangers will conduct safety checks regularly when they spot fishers.
To buy a fishing license visit Go Outdoors Georgia or go to your local outdoor sports store.