Since 1976, catch data for fishing tournaments held on 14 Georgia reservoirs and two rivers have been compiled and summarized. Water bodies monitored include: Allatoona, Bartlett's Ferry, Blackshear, Carters, Clarks Hill (Thurmond), Hartwell, Jackson, Lanier, Oconee, R. B. Russell, Seminole, Sinclair, W.F. George, West Point, Altamaha River and Savannah River.
The popularity and prevalence of fishing tournaments, both professional and amateur, has heightened the public profile of these events and prompted organizers to provide specialized vessels for the 'live-release' of fish after tournament weigh-in.
Because Georgia regulations do not permit possession of fish over an angler’s daily limit without written permission from the director of the Wildlife Resources Division, it has become necessary to require tournament event organizers to obtain this approval for their live-release vessels. Permit applications should be received by WRD at least 30 days prior to the start of the proposed tournament. See "Permit Application Procedures" included with the permit application download for additional instructions.
Download a PDF version of the Live Release Boat Permit Application.
The following variables were tracked and analyzed for each water body:
- Bass caught per angler hour
- Weight of bass caught per angler hour (in pounds)
- Average weight of bass caught (in pounds)
- Average largest bass for tournament
- Percent of anglers with limit catch
- Percent of anglers with zero bass
- Percent of bass that were largemouth (as opposed to spotted bass)
- Number of angler hours
- Number of tournaments included in each analysis
- Number of bass caught that were 5 lbs or larger (from 2004 forward)
Below are reports for some of the most recent years. The files are in PDF format.
- 1996 Tournament Report
- 1997 Tournament Report
- 1998 Tournament Report
- 1999 Tournament Report
- 2000 Tournament Report
- 2001 Tournament Report
- 2002 Tournament Report
- 2003 Tournament Report
- 2004 Tournament Report
- 2005 Tournament Report
- 2006 Tournament Report
- 2007 Tournament Report
- 2008 Tournament Report
- 2009 Tournament Report
- 2010 Tournament Report
- 2011 Tournament Report
- 2012 Tournament Report
- 2013 Tournament Report
- 2014 Tournament Report
- 2015 Tournament Report
For more information on these summaries, please contact Fisheries Management.