It’s summer! Time to take your kiddos fishing, where they’ll fall hook, line, and sinker for this easygoing past time that doesn’t break the bank or require tons of planning. For the price of a fishing license and the time it takes to get there, you’re guaranteed to catch a whopper of a memory or two. Keep reading to find out where to take your favorite fishermen (and ladies). Not sure you’re ready to cast a line? Check out our guide to Atlanta-area recreational lakes, here.

The Dugout

The Dugout is a bait and tackle shop with a pay-to-fish lake, and it has a devoted following of beginner and advanced fishermen for its product selection, customer service, and friendly employees. No matter how great or small your fishing needs are, this fishing hole comes full-service and is a solid bet.

The Dugout
1475 Field Park Cir NW.
Marietta, Ga
770-428-7406
Online: facebook.com/dukedog1475

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Big Creek Park

Lake Lanier has 45 waterfront parks, and some are only 45 minutes from the heart of Atlanta. We like Big Creek Park for its shady picnic area, public restroom, green space, and proximity to the water that doesn't require a hike down to water level.

Big Creek Park
4000 Big Creek Rd.
Buford, Ga
Online: lakelanier.com

Acworth Beach/ Cauble Park

Acworth Beach is a busy place in the summer. The beach and other facilities—including restrooms, a playground, and picnic facilities—in Cauble Park attract plenty of visitors, and the nearby fishing dock in the park provides access to the lake's channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, carp and bullheads.

4425 Beach St NW
Acworth, GA 30101
770-917-1234
Online: allatoonalake.org

Bull Sluice Lake

While we’ve all been there for the incredible playground, try packing the fishing poles the next time you go and hitting the fishing platform just below dam. Be sure to take your hats since this area is in direct sunlight, but the cool old hydroelectric dam will wow the kiddos if the fishing doesn’t.

Morgan Falls Overlook Park
200 Morgan Falls Rd.
Sandy Springs, Ga
770-730-5600
Online: sandysprings.gov

 

Murphy Candler Park

This man-made lake is stocked with bass, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish, and has plenty of good, shady shoreline fishing options for novice fishermen with short attention spans. With trails, athletic fields, tennis courts, a public pool, and tennis courts nearby, your fishermen won’t have to leave with a fish to leave happy.

Murphy Candler Park
1551 West Nancy Creek Dr.
Brookhaven, Ga
Online: murphycandlerpark.org

George Sparks Reservoir

If you’re looking for a one-stop fishing adventure, head to Sweetwater Creek State Park. You’ll find everything you need (including a license and bait) in the bait shop, and you can opt to fish from the shaded shoreline or rent a boat onsite.

Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Lithia Springs, Ga
770-732-5871
Online: gastateparks.org/sweetwatercreek

Azalea Park

Head to Azalea Park in Roswell for its easy shore fishing from the Chattahoochee River, covered picnic areas, and nearby playground, just in case the fish aren’t biting. However, since the Department of Natural Resources stocks the stretch of the ‘Hooch between Buford Dam and Azalea Drive with 150,000 catchable trout each year, you’ve got as good a shot as anyone to land a big one.

Azalea Park
203 Azalea Dr.
Roswell, Ga
Online: roswellgov.com

—Shelley Massey