Everyone's definition of adventure is different. Here in Gatlinburg zip lining, white water rafting, horseback riding and hiking are some of the most popular ways to seek thrills and fun outdoors. Some visitors have a whole other mission in mind, and that's to trek to the nearest stream and drop a line. Fishing in Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most challenging and fun adventures you can enjoy. Did you know that the park offers over 2,100 miles (yes, that's MILES) of streams to fish. In 2006 they re-opened brook trout fishing park-wide after years of restoring the fish's populations back to the park. Fishermen can enjoy a full day of fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset and each person may keep, per day, a total of 5 brook, rainbow or brown trout (5 fish of any combination of these) of at least 7 inches in length. 20 rock bass can be kept in addition to the 5 total trout, per day.
The park understandably has several fishing regulations to keep people safe and to allow for pleasant fishing for all, in addition to the ability for fish to retain their populations within the park. Fishermen are encouraged to review these regulations and safety rules before starting out on a fishing adventure. The most important of these rules is to obtain a valid fishing license which can be easily obtained from many locations, including local hardware stores.
Fishing is an age old activity that many families look back on with fondness. Not only do they remember the stories about 'the ones that got away', but also the fun moments when children caught their first fish, or when a favorite fishing spot was found. Some visitors return every year to create new memories, all centering around a pole, some line and a few precious summer days next to a trout stream in America's most visited national park.
Some people are perfectly happy bringing their own fishing gear with them. Others prefer some assistance getting all the right bait and tackle together, and you won't have to look far to gather everything you need for a fishing adventure. Gatlinburg offers a number of outfitters; several of which offer websites that let you plan ahead via web listings of all their gear and also fishing reports so you'll know where they're biting before you put your line in the water.
Fishing can be fun for the whole family. The old TV sitcoms always showed the wives who didn't want to fish, but in reality thousands of women across the country love fishing. From fishing Lake Superior to the trout streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the stereotype that women don't like fishing is just plain wrong.
Perhaps the youngest members of the family would prefer a bit of an easier first-time fishing experience. Visit Herbert Holt Park, one of Gatlinburg's city parks, for a fun fishing day that little children can enjoy. The park features a kids’ fishing stream and within the park is a trout hatchery, walking trails and a playground area. Your family can rent a pavilion and make a day of it here with a picnic. There are horseshoe pits, grills and more. You can access many of these same amenities at Mynatt Park in Gatlinburg. This park also offers a baseball field and a basketball court. To find out more about Gatlinburg city parks, pavilion fees and other details, please visit: http://www.gatlinburg.com/things-to-do/attractions/outdoor-activities/city-parks.aspx