Gone fishin’: This is the best place to fish or boat in Georgia

2:37 p.m Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Things to Do in Atlanta
Noel Jackson/ Courtesy of Paradise Public Fishing Area
Fishing piers and picnic areas near Lake Patrick in Berrien County.

One of the best places to drop a fishing line is just a weekend drive from Atlanta, according to a new ranking.

Lake Patrick, a South Georgia lake known for its largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill, is one of the "2017 Best Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat" by Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, a national nonprofit geared toward increasing participation in recreational fishing and boating.

No ocean, no problem: 7 refreshing lake beaches near Atlanta

Lake Patrick was the only Georgia body of water listed this year, along with dozens fishing holes from almost every state. Rather than compiling the list from a public vote, as the foundation has done in years past, this year’s list was curated by celebrities, like Georgia’s own Luke Bryan; fishing pros; and federal and state representatives. RBFF  releases the ranking in tandem with National Fishing and Boating Week, which is usually in June. 

"Fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity among adults and by providing events and resources during National Fishing and Boating Week, we hope everyone from curious beginners to experienced anglers and boaters will feel inspired to get out on the water," Frank Peterson, RBFF President and CEO, said in an online statement. "It's already been a great year for fishing and boating, with big growth in participation among young people, and we want to keep that momentum going and reach our goal of 60 million anglers by 2021."

7 things to know before heading to Lake Lanier

To encourage more fishing and boating this summer, Georgia will also kick off Free Fishing Days on Saturday, June 3, and Saturday, June 10. On those days, fishermen (and fisher women) can fish Georgia’s saltwaters and freshwaters without a license, Georgia Department of Natural Resources will also hold a Free Fishing Day on Sept. 24.

For more on Free Fishing Days and free kids events offered during National Fishing and Boating Week, visit: http://www.georgiawildlife.com.

Here are the top ways you can still enjoy Centennial Olympic Park While construction is happening the park will remain open, but there won't be public events hosted at the park The Wednesday WindDown takes place from 5:30 - 8 p.m. in the Southern Co
View full experience