Great Fishing Spots for Kids of All Ages

You don’t need waders and a guide to have fun fishing. There are plenty of great fishing holes, including these family friendly faves

Toccoa Valley Campground

Toccoa Valley Campground is known as the “home of the pink tubes.” But it’s also home to some prime fishing spots. The campground lies right on the banks of the Toccoa River, and registered campers can wet a line in the river or nearby creek. There’s even a fishing pond reserved exclusively for small children and individuals with handicaps.

Prefer to chase your trout in a canoe or kayak? You can rent one from TVC, too. And campers can cook their catch over the fire at one of TVC’s 14 waterfront tent sites or 10 RV sites.

The Lilly Pad Village

Families with kids of all ages can try their luck at The Lilly Pad Village, which is built around a beautiful ¹⁄-acre pond full of hungry catfish, bream and smallmouth bass. A comfortable wraparound dock is perfect for young ones looking to catch their first fish — as well as more serious catch-and-release anglers. Poles, bait and tackle are available. In addition to fishing at The Lilly Pad Village, families can mine for gems in the covered flumes or play a round of mini golf.

Follow the Rainbow

The Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery, located a few miles off Hwy. 60 southeast of Morganton, raises a million rainbow trout each year to stock the area’s tailwaters, streams and lakes. Visitors can tour the hatchery and visitor center, fish Rock Creek, have a picnic, take a hike or camp nearby at the Frank Gross Campground. The hatchery offers special group tours and sponsors annual fishing derbies for kids and seniors.