The USDA Forest Service and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency recently announced that in April and May they will be hosting two kids’ fishing days in Cherokee National Forest’s Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District.

Anglers 15 years old and under are invited to try their luck.

These are just two of many events to be held across the state.


The first Cherokee National Forest event will be held at Spring Creek on Saturday, April 21 from 7-11 a.m. Spring Creek Road is located just north of the Hiwassee River and east of U.S. Highway 411.

The second event, hosted by TWRA, U.S. Forest Service, Tennessee state parks and the Cherokee chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be at McCamy Lake in the Chilhowee Recreation Area on May 12 from 7-11 a.m.

Catchable-size trout will be stocked at these locations. Fishing will be restricted to children 15 years of age and under. A nonfishing parent or guardian must accompany all children. Single hook only regulations will apply at Spring Creek. No licenses or permits are required. Prizes will be given away during these events.

The sponsors are Benton Shooters Supply, Trout Unlimited, Highland Sportsman Club, the Bargain Barn, the Etowah Chamber of Commerce, Johnson Coca-Cola, Hiwassee Corner Market, the Polk County/Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee Houndsmen and Fay Portables.

Click here for a listing of other upcoming kids’ fishing events in Tennessee.