NORTH GEORGIA FISH­ING HOLES

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■ Duke’s Creek. Lo­cated in the Smith­gall Woods State Park in He­len. Trout fish­ing is per­mit­ted on Wed­nes­days, Satur­days and Sun­days, with a reser­va­tion. Call ahead. The park gets booked solid on week­ends, but Cahill says there are no-shows; $5 park­ing. 61 Tsalaki Trail, He­len. 706-878-3087, www.gas­tateparks.org/Smith­gal­lWoods

■ Noon­tootla Creek Farms. High qual­ity trout fish­ing on pri­vate land. All visi­tors, in par­ties of one or two, are ac­com­pa­nied by a guide. Half day: $230 for one per­son, $350 for two. 3668 New­port Road, Blue Ridge. 770-891-9903, www.ncfga.net

■ Smith Creek. In Uni­coi State Park, both above and be­low Smith Lake, of­fers trout fish­ing. 1788 High­way 356, He­len. 1-800-573-9659, www. uni­coilodge.com ■ Chat­tooga River. Above the Rus­sell Bridge across Ga. 28, in the far northeastern corner of Rabun County. Park­ing avail­able at Rus­sell Bridge.

■ Toc­coa River. In the tail­wa­ters be­low the Lake Blue Ridge dam in Tam­men Park. Call in ad­vance for wa­ter-re­lease in­for­ma­tion. 6650 Ap­palachian Hwy, Blue Ridge. 800-238-226, 800-238-6650.

■ Rock Creek. Be­low the Rock Creek Dam and Rock Creek Lake. This area ben­e­fits from the trout reg­u­larly re­leased from the Chattahoochee For­est Na­tional Fish Hatch­ery. 4730 Rock Creek Road, Suches. 706-838-4723.

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