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Managers at the Rocky Mountain Public Fishing Area are encouraging folks who want to camp out during spring break to call ahead, according to a report in the Rome, Ga., News-Tribune. The campground at the popular lakes northwest of Rome is starting to get real busy again.

The RV camping pads are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Without the ability to make reservations, it’s kind of a hit or miss opportunity to net a space with access to the trails and lakes.

Area Manager Dennis Shiley said the campground was completely full this past weekend and about two-thirds full Monday. The campground has 36 RV sites.

Shiley said a lot of campers bring their boats, canoes or kayaks to get out into Antioch and Heath lakes. The fishing at the two lakes is among the best in the state for largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, redear sunfish, crappie, and walleye.

Heath Lake is only open to fishing the first 10 days of each month. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources limits it to take some pressure off the habitat and provide greater opportunities for larger fish.

Many day-trippers also are taking advantage of about 15 miles of trails at the park, which is managed by the DNR’s Fisheries Division.

“The revenue stream at the park is still staying high, which indicates a lot of people camping,” Shiley said. “Our campground was pretty busy all winter long, but not to the extent that it is right now.”

See the Rome News-Tribune report here.