Hard Labor Creek Reservoir poised to be new fishing spot

This bass was caught, and returned, to Hard Labor Creek Reservoir in September, 2017. The reservoir will be open to the public for fishing in January 2018. Photo credit: Mylinda Knittel, Spring Street Studios.

A new Georgia record was set in the fishing world this month. Richard Barrett caught the largest blue catfish in the state, ever. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Social Circle, it weighed in at 93 pounds, more than 12 pounds heavier than the previous record set in 2010. It was caught at the Altamaha River and was undoubtedly much larger than any currently in Hard Labor Creek Reservoir. But some day a local fisherman may be able claim a new Georgia record out of the Hard Labor Creek Reservoir.

With 2018 just a couple of months away, fishermen can begin gearing up for the new fishing spot in Walton County. Hard Labor Creek Reservoir has been stocked and will be open to the public in January. You can read all about it in the latest issue of Walton Living Magazine. The bass captured in this photo was pulled out almost as soon as the line was thrown in – a promise of great things to come for local anglers.

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