The Gatlinburg Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Children’s Trout Rodeo on the morning of Saturday, August 29th at Herbert Holt Park. The event normally celebrates the start of Free Fishing Week in Tennessee, but was postponed from its usual early-June date due to COVID-19. The 24th annual tournament is free to all anglers age 16 and under. No fishing license is required.
CDC and local health guidelines associated with COVID-19 will be followed at the event, including social distancing which will be enforced throughout the tournament, including during registration and the awards ceremony.
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.
TWRA will also be on hand to assist with the tournament proceedings. Prizes will be awarded in several age divisions 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.
“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 Recreation Department Director Laurence Evans. “We want every child participating to have a positive experience fishing.”
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with weigh-in at 10:30 a.m. Both registration and weigh-in are located at the picnic pavilion at Herbert Holt Park, which is located on North Park Lane in Gatlinburg. Kids can fish anywhere in Gatlinburg. Fishing in Herbert Holt Park is restricted to youngsters age 12 and under with a limit of two trout allowed from a children-dedicated stream.
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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