Gatlinburg to hold annual Kid's Trout Fishing Rodeo on June 12

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—The Gatlinburg Parks and Recreation Department will host its  annual Gatlinburg Kid’s Trout Fishing Rodeo on the morning of Saturday, June 12.

The event, which celebrates the start of Free Fishing Day in Tennessee, is free to all anglers age 16 and under and no fishing license is required.

The tournament is co-sponsored by the Gatlinburg Parks and Recreation Department, the Gatlinburg Sportsman’s Club, Gatlinburg Elks Lodge #1925, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Smoky Mountain Angler, Food City and Wal-Mart.

“We are excited to once again host this tournament here in Gatlinburg and our Trout facility will be stocking extra fish for the kids rodeo,” said Gatlinburg Trout Facility Manager Ryan Hintz.  “We want every child participating to have a positive experience fishing.”

Registration for the Rodeo begins at 7:30 a.m. and the weigh in is at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will be presented at 11 a.m. Both registration and weigh-in will be located at the picnic pavilion located at Herbert Holt Park, which is located on North Park Lane in Gatlinburg. Children may fish anywhere in Gatlinburg during the Rodeo. Fishing in Herbert Holt Park is restricted to youngsters age 12 and under, with a limit of two trout allowed from the children’s dedicated stream.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in different age groups based on total weight of fish caught.  Additional prizes will be awarded for the largest and smallest trout caught. Creel limit is five trout per person.  All participants will receive a goody bag, as well as free soft drinks and snacks.

All participants must have a parent or guardian sign the entry form and rules must be followed, including use of single hook lures.  For more information, contact Ryan Hintz at the Gatlinburg Trout Rearing Facility, 436-4558. 

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