A CATCH youth fishing clinic will be offered at the 20th Annual Great Smoky Mountains Trout Festival at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The event will be held on Saturday, June 20. The clinics are sponsored by the Haywood Community College Natural Resources Management Department, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the Town of Maggie Valley and Haywood Waterways Association.

Two Clinics will be offered at the event. The morning clinic will be held from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and requires pre-registration. An afternoon clinic with on-site registration will begin promptly at 1 pm.

The CATCH (Caring For Aquatics Through Conservation Habits) program is designed to teach young people “how,” “when,” and “where” to fish as well as to introduce 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.

The CATCH Clinic is open to youth between the ages of 6 and 15. Necessary equipment will be furnished. A parent or guardian must register and attend with the youth.

Pre-registration for the morning CATCH Clinic is required. The number of participants will be limited. To register, call Jenny Carver (828) 627-4560, Haywood Community College, Natural Resources Management Department, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Join the fun! Get hooked on fishing!