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20th Annual Great Smoky Mountains Trout Festival this weekend

On Saturday, June 20 the Natural Resources Management Department of Haywood Community College, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the Town of Maggie Valley and Haywood Waterways Association are sponsoring a CATCH youth fishing clinic during the

20th Annual Great Smoky Mountain Trout Festival. This year there will be two CATCH Clinics at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The morning clinic will be held from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and requires pre-registration. An afternoon clinic with on-site registration will begin promptly at 1:00 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 numbers of participants will be limited. To register, call Jenny Carver (828) 627-4560, Haywood Community College, Natural Resources Management Department, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Join the fun! Get hooked on fishing!

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