Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Feb 25, 2015
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament set for April 4-5
Any big fishing fans out there? The 16th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is set for sunrise to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 and sunrise to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 5 in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Open to adults and children, Gatlinburg.com says the two-day event is “equally challenging for both visitors and locals.” Over 5,000 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of streams prior to the tournament, the largest trout tournament in the Smokies.
Multiple categories will be contested and over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded, including $500 for largest trout; $500 for smallest trout; fishing equipment; trophies; gift certificates; and amusement passes.
According to its Web site, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stocks about 325,000 9-12-inch trout between February and October in 80 streams and small lakes. While trout fishing is allowed year-round on most of these streams, many of these waters are too warm for trout by mid-summer.
Cost of the tournament is $25 for Saturday or Sunday, or $40 if you want to compete both days.
To register online, visit www.smokymountaintrouttournament.com. You can also register at Smoky Mountain Angler on East Parkway in Gatlinburg Winery Square or mail to Rocky Top Outfitters, 2611 Ruth Hall Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.
All trout must be at the weigh-in located at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge, Traffic Light No. 7 by 4 p.m. Saturday and by 2 p.m. Sunday. Winners will be determined by the total weight of the two-day tournament.
All Gatlinburg and state fishing regulations will be observed.
For more information on the tournament, call (865) 661-3474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where To Stay
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By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.