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Throughout the northern quarter of Georgia, dozens of rivers provide ideal habitat and excellent fishing for brown, rainbow and brook trout. Some of the largest trout come from a three-mile stretch of mountain stream called Waters Creek, located in the Chestatee Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Each year, rainbows and browns weighing over four pounds are caught from the little mountain stream. The best fishing for five-pound ‘bows and browns on the sprawling Chattahoochee River in Atlanta occurs from the Morgan Falls Dam to the I-285 bridge. You’ll have the most success in small boats and float tubes as trout can be widely scattered throughout the deep, wide river. Coopers Creek, in Union County, is heavily stocked and fished hard, but big browns are available. Nearby is heavily stocked Rock Creek, where rainbows and brookies are the targets.The swift-running Tallulah River and Wildcat Creek (in Lake Burton WMA) are near the town of Clayton in northeastern Georgia. Tallulah is larger and best for bigger brookies and rainbows. Both streams are heavily stocked and receive moderate fishing pressure. Be prepared for fast mountain waters. Contact: Fish Hawk tackle shop, Atlanta (404-237-3473).