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Water authority begins fishing season

Local reservoirs open through October

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Fishing season has opened for Clayton County Water Authority. Two of the authority’s reservoirs have opened and will remain open through October for public fishing.

Special photo Fishing season has opened for Clayton County Water Authority. Two of the authority’s reservoirs have opened and will remain open through October for public fishing.

MORROW — Temperatures dipped below freezing in time to open Clayton County Water Authority’s public fishing season over the weekend.

Authority officials said residents are being asked to pay $5 per vehicle or $30 for a season pass this year. Non-county residents pay $10 per vehicle or $40 for a season pass.

The season passes are valid through October and are sold at the entrance offices of Shamrock/Blalock Reservoir and J.W. Smith Reservoir when water authority staff is available.

When staff is unavailable, residents can find temporary season pass forms at the pay station areas. The forms should be filled out and deposited with a payment and the season pass will be mailed to the individual.

Shamrock/Blalock Reservoir is at 2610 Shamrock Road (off of Freeman Road) in Jonesboro and will be open Wednesday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., in March and October. The reservoirs will be open those days, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., April through September.

J.W. Smith Reservoir is at 143 Northbridge Road in Hampton and is open Saturday through Wednesday, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., in March and October. Reservoir hours are 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. April through September.

The authority’s Shoal Creek Reservoir opens this spring for limited public fishing. Boat fishing at the reservoir is from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. March 16, March 23, April 13, April 27, May 4 and May 18.

Motor boat restrictions are listed at www.ccwa.us or call 770-603-5605.