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DNR Offers All Night Fishing in Dodge County
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Social Circle  -- Beat the heat this August and fish all night! Two Public Fishing Areas are offering special all-night fishing hours on select dates.

Public Fishing Areas (PFAs), managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division, are typically open sunrise to sunset. On these special Fridays, you can fish from sunrise Friday through sunset Saturday.

Friday, August 24:

Dodge County PFA

The selected lakes will be open to boats properly equipped with navigation lights, and bank fishing will be allowed in designated areas. Docks and other facilities will be lit, but anglers are encouraged to bring lanterns and other night fishing equipment for their personal use. The areas will be staffed to encourage a family-friendly experience.

To fish on a PFA, you need a fishing license plus a WMA license. You can purchase licenses online at www.georgiawildlife.com , by phone at 1-800-366-2661, or at a walk-in agent location.

For more information about Marben PFA, visit http://www.georgiawildlife.com/PFA/CharlieElliott . Directions from Mansfield: South on Georgia Highway 11 for 2.7 miles; left on Marben Farms Rd. (Co. Rd. 229), follow signs.

For more information about Dodge County PFA, visit http://www.georgiawildlife.com/PFA/Dodge . Directions from Eastman: South on US Highway 23/341 for 3 miles; left on County Road 49 for 0.6 miles to lake.

Public Fishing Areas are funded through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs (WSFR), which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Through an excise tax on hunting and fishing equipment, the program generates funds for management of public waters, production of sport fish for stocking public waters, development and management of Public Fishing Areas, aquatic education programs, development and maintenance of boating access facilities and more. Funds are allocated to states based on several factors including the number of paid sporting licenses. Georgia's sport fish funds are approximately $6 million annually.

To learn more about fishing in Georgia, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com.

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