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

Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Georgia and pretty much everywhere else across the country. Local anglers have the great fortune this weekend of fishing at what’s been named one of the best places to drop fishing line in the country.

The experts at Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, a national nonprofit geared toward increasing participation in recreational fishing and boating, have released their list of the "2018 Top Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S."

You may be wondering ‘why does mom get a say?’ Well, according to RBFF, recent research shows kids are more likely to go fishing with their mom and 45 percent of new fishing participants last year were women. To come up with the 50 fishing holes, the boating and fishing foundation looked at spots that were close to playgrounds, picnic areas, easy water access and, of course, plenty of fish to catch.

So, which metro Atlanta spot was named the top “mom-approved” place for fishing and boating in Georgia?

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation gave Sweetwater Creek State Park, in Lithia Springs, the title.

Here’s what RBFF had to say about the Cobb County park:

“Just minutes from downtown Atlanta, Sweetwater Creek State Park is home to the 215-acre George Sparks Reservoir, a popular fishing spot nestled in this peaceful grove of wilderness. Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and pedal boats are all available to rent onsite.”

Each year, RBFF  releases the ranking in tandem with National Fishing and Boating Week each year, which began June 2 and ends June 10. In Georgia, all Georgia residents can fish without a license all day Saturday.

"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.

For more on Free Fishing Days and free kids events offered this weekend visit: www.georgiawildlife.com.

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