Be sure to mark your calendar for a fun filled 3-days of Fishing with the finale being the Kids Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, May 17 from 9am to 2pm. There will be lots of fun for both young and old and the enjoyment of fishing…We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo Day next month.
Kids under the age of 16 fishing for trout only
Pickens Co. Sportsman Club / Georgia DNR
Long Swamp Creek on Cove Road
In Jasper, Ga. take Cove Rd. and go 2.5 miles. The event is on left at Long Swamp Creek.
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Kids under the age of 16
The Wildlife Resources Division hosts its Pickens County Sportsmans Club Kids Fishing Event in May of each year. This 3-day fishing rodeo which was started in 1987 by now Game Management Tech IV Mitch Yeargin, and reaches kids both young and old. Still coordinated by Mitch, the Division pulls together with several folks from Game Management, Law Enforcement and Fisheries Management to host the event.
Mitch works with the local community to invite mentally challenged individuals to fish on the first day (Thursday). On day two, nursing homes from both Pickens and Cherokee Counties bring van and bus loads of their elderly residents to fish. On Saturday, (day three) kids are invited to fish. Over 750 participated over the course of the event, and nearly 100 people are introduced to the sport of fishing for the first time every year! The site is well stocked, to ensure everyone catches a fish and has a great time. The therapy of getting outdoors and fishing is priceless. As such, Mitch and the rest of WRD has taken a large group of people who are experiencing some difficulties in their lives, and created a positive opportunity to heal and grow.