The Gatlinburg Recreation Department celebrates the start of Free Fishing Week by hosting its annual Children’s Trout Rodeo on the morning of Saturday, June 6 at Herbert Holt Park. The 23rd annual tournament is free to all anglers age 16 and under.
The tournament is co-sponsored by the Gatlinburg Sportsman’s Club, Gatlinburg Elks Lodge #1925, Wal-Mart, and Smoky Mountain Angler, who generously donate prizes. Additional prizes are being donated by Cabela’s, St. Croix, Berkley – Keep America Fishing, and Nantahala Outdoor Center. TWRA will also be on hand to assist with the tournament proceedings.
Prizes will be awarded in several age divisions (6-and-under, 7-9, 10-12 and 13-16) based on total weight of fish caught. Creel limit is five trout per person. All participants will receive a goody bag.
“The facility will be stocking extra fish for the kids rodeo,” says Marty Nicely of the Gatlinburg Recreation Department. “We want every child participating to have a positive experience fishing.”
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with weigh-in at 10:30 a.m. at the picnic pavilion. 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.
Anyone of any age can fish in Tennessee public waters on June 6. Even better, youngsters up to age 15 can fish for free without a license the week of June 7 through 12. All participants must have a parent or guardian sign the entry form and rules must be followed, including use of single hook lures.