Kids invited to reel in some 'bigguns' at Amis Mill Fishorama

Jeff Bobo • Jun 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Fishing has been a challenge lately on Big Creek around the historic Amis Milll dam, but business is going to pick up Saturday morning when the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency dumps in 300 pounds of catfish.

The catfish dump is part of the fourth annual “Amis Mill Fishorama” free catfish rodeo for children 14 and under.

The event begins at 10 a.m. on the banks of Big Creek on both sides of the dam across from the Amis Mill Eatery, 127 W. Bear Hollow Road, Rogersville.

Children should bring their own tackle if possible.

If they don’t have tackle, however, poles and hooks will be provided by the TWRA, along with worms for bait, and a free lunch consisting of hot dogs, chips and drinks.

Amis Mill Eatery owner Jake Jacobs has hosted the TWRA Fishorama for the past three years.

He said the event was very well attended last year, but there’s always room for more young fishers.

“The last time we had it, every kid caught a fish,” Jacobs said. “For some of them, it was their first fish ever. What we noticed is it was a chance for families to bond and do something with their kids that wasn’t looking at a computer.”

Jacobs added, “It was just a wonderful experience. Last time we did it, close to 200 kids. There were so many hooks in the water they probably snagged some of them.”

Catfish will be dumped on both sides of the dam, but Jacobs said most of them will be dumped on the upper side, where the water is deeper.

Jacobs admits that the creek around the dam is currently a little bit fished out.

“There’s not a whole lot of fish in there, and the ones that are still in there are real smart,” Jacobs added. “Hopefully they’re going to dump some dumb ones in.”

The Amis Mill Fishorama begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m.

All children under 14 are welcome to participate.

For more information call TWRA Officer Chris Seay at (423) 693-6652.