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Going for the big one

Residents take advantage of weather, do a little fishing at J.W. Smith Reservoir

From left, Marissa Butler, 6, Emmanuel Togba, 3, and Makayla Butler, 5, have a go at fishing at the J.W. Smith Reservoir. The children are spending a week with their nana, Tracye Kelly. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

From left, Marissa Butler, 6, Emmanuel Togba, 3, and Makayla Butler, 5, have a go at fishing at the J.W. Smith Reservoir. The children are spending a week with their nana, Tracye Kelly. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Marissa Butler helps her cousin, Emmanuel Togba, with his fishing pole. The children decided to give fishing a try despite having not brought their own poles. With the help of their nana, they made poles with sticks. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Runnel Collie and her husband, Rudy Collie, try to catch dinner at the J.W. Smith Reservoir. The pair said they visit the reservoir often to relax and enjoy the outdoors. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

JONESBORO — Runnel and Rudy Collie sat along the bank of the J.W. Smith Reservoir hoping to catch the big one.

The pair was taking advantage of the mild weather and hoping to hook dinner, too.

“I love coming out here to enjoy Mother Nature,” Runnel Collie said.

Farther down the lake, Tracye Kelly was having fun with her three grandchildren.

The kids wanted to fish, but with no poles, Kelly had to get creative. Sticks became makeshift fishing poles the children could dip into the water.

The Clayton County Water Authority offers several recreational areas for residents to use.

The J.W. Smith Reservoir on North Bridge Road is open March through October for fishing, picnicking and canoeing. The lake is closed Thursdays and Fridays.

Shamrock/Blalock Reservoir on Shamrock Road is open March through October and closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Cost to use the reservoirs is $5 for a daily pass and $10 for nonresidents.

CCWA also offers season passes for $30 and $40 for nonresidents.

For more information, visit www.ccwa.us.