One of the most exciting spring weekends in Jasper is coming up May 12-14 as the Pickens County Sportsman’s Club prepares for their annual Fishing Days at Longswamp Creek. The fishing hole for the event is the city's property about a mile out of Jasper on Cove Road.
The Department of Natural Resources provides 4,000 trout for the three-day event, releasing 2,000 into the creek on Wednesday and another 2,000 on Friday. On Thursday, May 12 physically disabled members of the community are invited to fish, Friday, May 13 is for senior citizens and Saturday, May 14 is for kids age 15 and under who are accompanied by an adult.
Fishing is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The first 100 kids to arrive Saturday get a free t-shirt donated by Sharp Mountain Graphics owner Jerry Greer.
“We usually have between 500-600 kids there on Saturdays,” said Jerry Steele, a member of the Sportman’s Club. “We’re looking forward to putting this on this year.”
Members of the sportsman’s club will be serving free hot dogs, drinks and chips each day. Kids are allowed to keep eight fish and, although adults are not allowed to fish, assisting younger kids is encouraged.