Do I need a license to fish on Lake Sinclair?

If you are 16 years of age and older you must have a current fishing license in your possession while fishing in fresh or sea salt water in Georgia.  And these days purchase can be made right online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There are also several places you can purchase them in person in Putnam County.

In Lake Sinclair you can catch Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth bass, Spotted bass, Shoal Bass, White bass, Hybrid white-striped bass, Channel catfish, Flathead catfish, Black crappie, Sunfish redear, Sunfish redbreast, and Sunfish, bluegill.  There are daily limits on most fish and that information can also be found on the GoFishGeorgia site. 

Fishing is relaxing for some and sport for others.  I personally like to just order fish when I eat out.  The whole cleaning/cooking thing I don't like so much.  But if you are about go down to your dock or out in your boat to fish, make sure you have a current license first.  There is the exception of fishing from your own property. A license is not required for that, but if you are leaving your property you should get a license.

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Comment balloon 17 commentsTammy Lankford, • February 07 2016 08:01PM


Tammy, you mean people don't have to take classes and pass a test?  Cute photo, by the way.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Patricia Kennedy not yet anyway. LOL  And that was Abigail in 1995. I used that photo to sell the lot with that dock she's standing on.  It was listed for for under $50,000.  I wish I'd bought a dozen of them.  Would tell for 4 times that today.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Haha, Tammy.  I am with you, I also personally like to order fish when I go out.

I used to love to go fishing.  I never fished.  I read the newspaper and laid on a blanket and ate snacks.  That is my idea of going fishing.

Darling picture - that fish is almost as big as she is.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 4 years ago

That photo is almost 21 years old Virginia Hepp ... ah yes napping and snacking in the sunshine, I would love a day of that now.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Tammy, like you I would rather just order fish when I go out. Cute photo of your Abagail. A great memory for you both!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 4 years ago

Good morning Tammy. Even though we live on water, I don't own a fishing pole, but see folks fishing all year long. The ice isn't thick enough right now, but will be before long.

Thanks for sharing the photo.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

Wow, there are a lot of fish available in that water. It sounds like THE place to fish.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

This reminds me of my friend that is a Game Warden.  We were sitting at a bar having drinks and he was talking with our waitress and she asked what he did.  When he said he was a Game Warden, she didn't know what that meant, so another friend quickly chimed in that he arrested people for catching too many fish, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 4 years ago

Good morning Tammy. I prefer to order fish out too but I'll bet it is relaxing.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

Hi Tammy, fishing license is needed in my area as well, very simple to obtain, fishers could do it the day of the excursion. I've never been a fan of fishing, I do enjoy the fish on my plate though.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 4 years ago

Hello Tammy Lankford 

What a cute photo!  I can't remember the last time I went fishing, and it is not on my current agenda either

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

Tammy Lankford ~ great advice! And I am glad they make it so easy to get a fishing license... BTW: that's an amazing photo

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 4 years ago

Hello Tammy ... I am not into hunting but I love fishing, and sometimes just boating around or just sitting in the middle of the lake on a calm day!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 4 years ago

Hello Tammy, many never know they need a license to fish, you did a great job on your Localism blog explaining when you need a license. 

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) over 4 years ago

Such a great localism post, Tammy. Better to be safe, than sorry. Getting fined for enjoying fishing is no fun at all. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 4 years ago

I don't fish but like to eat fish. A friend gave me a whole mess of fish but I had to clean them. Yuck. By the time I was finished I wished I had gone to Captain D's instead.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 4 years ago

Tammy, I'd love to fish on Lake Sinclair, I have a lot of fond memories with my Grandfather just floating along and talking while we waited for a bite. Great localism post and your photo goes perfectly with it. Lots of variety to be caught in Lake Sinclair.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) over 4 years ago