The Great Smoky Mountain Trout & Heritage Festival is a unique, family-oriented, outdoor event to introduce lessons in aquatic ecology, fishing ethics, water safety and the respect for the outdoors as well as helps educate event goers about the various needs to conserve and protect our natural resources.
Two FREE CATCH youth fishing clinics are offered, one each morning and afternoon session. Clinics are limited to children ages 6-15. Each registered child and one accompanying adult is admitted FREE. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Download Application or call Karen Batick, 828.926.0866 x117 to reserve space.
The CATCH (Caring For Aquatics Through Conservation Habits) program is designed to teach young people how, when, and where to fish as well as introducing lessons in aquatic ecology, water safety, fishing ethics, and respect for the outdoors. Many youngsters in our community have never had a chance to learn how to fish or to explore aquatic habitats. CATCH provides this environmental education opportunity.