man and boy fishing in a Smoky Mountain river
February 11, 2014

There are a lot of exciting things going on the Smoky Mountains these days. From Wild West events to tournament fishing, there’s something for everyone here in East Tennessee. Coming soon is the most exciting annual outdoor spring event in Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament.

Tourists and locals are challenged to hook trout and at the largest fishing tournament in the Smokies.

Beginning Saturday April 5th at sunrise, the tournament will run until 4:00pm. Sunday, the tournament picks back up at sunrise and concludes at 2:00pm when the winners will be chosen. With over 10,000 trout stocked in more than 20 miles of streams, this two day event is sure to be fun and exciting for fishermen of all ages.

There are four total divisions, branching from a local and tourist division. In each of those there is an adult and youth category. With those four divisions, there will be twelve winners total. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away at the end of the tournament.

Prizes and drawings to be given are below.

$500 for largest trout $500 for smallest trout

Gift Certificate


Fishing Equipment

Amusement Passes

And More

Rules and Regulations

Participants must have a Tennessee fishing license and a Gatlinburg daily permit. All those entering must be at the weigh-in to receive prizes.

No fishing before of after the tournament’s official hours to allow for honest, clean fun. Trout must be 7 inches minimum, and the lightest weight 7 inch fish wins just as much as the largest fish. Participants are allowed one handheld road and up to five total fish.

How to Register

To participate, you can register online or by mail at:

Rocky Top Outfitters

2611 Ruth Hall Road

Pigeon Forge, TN

Participants may also register in person at Smoky Mountain Angler on the East Parkway in Gatlinburg’s Winery Square.

Where to Stay

Gatlinburg cabinsIf you’re planning to participate in the 15th annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament, Parkside Cabin Rentals provides Gatlinburg cabins just minutes away from some of the best fishing spots in the Smoky Mountains. There’s no better location to enjoy river views and have easy access to water channels. Call us today at (866) 808-7525 to begin planning. Our reservationists would be happy to answer your questions and will find you the perfect cabin to relax and rest in before reeling in a big one at the largest fishing tournament in the Smokies. See you there!

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