Double days of Fishing at Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery
Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery in Suches, Georgia, hosted a Seniors’ Fishing Rodeo for adults aged 55 and older on June 1. More than 200 people attended. On June 2, the hatchery hosted a Kids’ Fishing Rodeo for youths aged 16 and under. Six hundred young people came. Both events were free to the public.
Rock Creek was stocked with beautiful rainbow and brook trout each day, with some fish weighing as much as three pounds. A free hot dog lunch was provided to participants courtesy of Friends of the Hatchery; Trout Unlimited of Blue Ridge #696 and Blairsville #692; Save-A-Lot Blue Ridge; Coca Cola; and Pepsi Cola. Prize drawings were held each day for fishing rods and reels courtesy of Friends of the Hatchery. Additionally, youth and families enjoyed visiting educational exhibit booths and participating in a scavenger hunt on Saturday.
Exhibitors included: Georgia Department of Natural Resources (laser shoot, fishing simulator and BB gun shoot); Georgia Forestry Commission; Friends of the Hatchery; Blairsville Trout Unlimited #692 (fly tying and fly rod casting); Blue Ridge Trout Unlimited #696, X-Treme Christian Outdoors (archery); free snow cones by the Cross Church; North Georgia Taxidermy Mineral Bluff; Complete Cash Blue Ridge (free snow cones); face painting; U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More than 40 dedicated volunteers assisted with event set up, clean-up and other tasks, including volunteers from Trout Unlimited Foothills Clarkesville #629 and Gold Rush Dahlonega #733; Fannin County and the Appalachian Judicial Court System, and a host of other groups and community members. Additionally, Fannin County EMS was on-site each day in case of an emergency.