The only sense of urgency you might find at Panic Pond after this Saturday will be from anglers scrambling for the camera to capture a photo of their latest lunker catch, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Panic Pond, a 15-acre natural lake found at Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area, opens to the public on Saturday, March 1 for the first time since the state took ownership of the area in 2010.
“Fisheries staff have seen some incredible fish as they prepared this pond for its opening,” said John Biagi, fisheries management chief. “With an average weight of more than six pounds, and a heaviest weight of more than ten pounds, I think this area should definitely be on the destination list for any bass angler that wants to hook a big one.”
Panic Pond will open Saturday through Monday, from the daily hours of 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes post-sunset. The pond will be available for the entirety of the calendar year, with the exception of July and August.
Anglers are allowed to harvest one largemouth bass (minimum length of 24 inches) per day, but can take unlimited photos of other worthy catches! To take advantage of this area, anglers will need a fishing license. Licenses can be purchased at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes.
Due to the thick growth of plants alongside the banks, this water body is best fished from a boat. While there are no boat restrictions, anglers might want to note that the water body contains many stumps. No live bait allowed of any kind.
Silver Lake WMA is a historic and large tract highly significant for its pristine forest habitat and recreational value. The area is identified as one of six priority areas in Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan, and contains extensive native longleaf pine/wiregrass forest stands estimated to be 60-90 years old. Panic Pond is accessible via the main entrance to Silver Lake WMA, located approximately one mile west of Hwy. 310 on Silver Lake Road.
The Wildlife Resources Division website (www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing) helps new or experienced anglers find information about taking kids fishing, reservoir and river fishing tips, fish ID information and much more. Additional resources include the Wildlife Resources Division blog (link available on home page of website), where anglers will find fishing reports for different parts of the state. Go Fish Georgia!