Buford Trout Hatchery

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Buford Trout Hatchery

Georgia

(770) 781-6888

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Overview

The Buford Trout Hatchery rears brown trout (Salmo trutta) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) for the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division's stockable and fingerling trout programs. The trout range in size from just a few inches long to the "Show and Tell" fish, which weigh more than 10 pounds. The hatchery also produces trout for Georgia's traditional stocking season, the Delayed Harvest and "Big Fish" programs, as well as a number of fingerling stockings.

Visitors to the hatchery are welcome and can view up to 1 million trout in the hatchery rearing area, walk along the Hatchery Nature/Bird Trail, fish in the family fishing pond, or take the weekly hatchery tour. Hatchery tours are offered to the public every Saturday at 1 p.m. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour. During the tour visitors will learn about the trout reared at the hatchery, how the hatchery works, and will be able to feed fish.

Map of Buford Trout Hatchery (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.140793, -84.094763

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Activities

  • Fishing

    The family fishing pond offers catch and release fishing for small bluegill and catfish. Visitors are asked to register before fishing and to record the number and species of fish they catch. Anglers are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment, and the hatchery has a limited number of loaner cane fishing poles. Children (under age 16) may fish for free, but adults and teens (age 16 and older) must have a valid Georgia Fishing License. Anglers must bring their own bait.

    Bream can be caught on #8 hooks, very small bobbers, and 6-lb. test line. The best baits for bream are worms (red wigglers), small dough balls made from white bread, and crickets.

    Catfish can be caught on larger #6 hooks, larger bobbers, and six or eight pound test line. The best baits for catfish are night crawlers, commercially available stink baits, or pieces of hotdogs.

  • Hiking

    Visitors can walk along the Hatchery's Nature/Bird Trail. The trail offers visitors the opportunity to see a number of bird species. The hatchery is located below Lake Lanier and adjacent to the Chattahoochee River and the hatchery's proximity to the river draws large numbers of transient and breeding song birds. The trail terminates in a boardwalk and viewing platform that overlooks a beaver swamp where waterfowl and occasional upland birds can occasional be spotted.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables at the Family Fishing Pond are available for anglers or hikers.

Seasonality/Weather

Buford Trout Hatchery is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The weekly hatchery tour is on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Directions

Driving

From Interstate 85/985: Travel west on GA Highway 20. After you cross the Chattahoochee River you will turn right onto River Club Dr. (you will be entering a subdivision - look for the DNR hatchery sign). Travel approximately 1/2 mile on River Club Dr., turn right onto Trout Place Road (at the second hatchery sign). The hatchery is through the gate at the end of the road.

From GA 400: Travel east on GA Highway 20 for approximately 4 1/2 miles, turn left onto River Club Dr. (into the subdivision) and follow the directions above.

Phone Numbers

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(770) 781-6888

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