Smoky Mountain Fishing
Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers visitors and locals alike an
abundance of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. For those that enjoy
spending time on the water, relaxing and casting a line, you’re sure to enjoy a
visit to the Smoky Mountains.
The Smoky Mountains National Park offers year-round fishing opportunities
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts more than 2,000 miles of streams
within its boundaries, with nearly 600 miles of those streams containing fish.
The park is also home to one of the last wild trout habitats within the Eastern
United States. Fishing experiences within the national park range
from remote, headwater trout streams to large, coolwater smallmouth bass
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TROUT FISHING IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS
Smoky Mountains National Park offers year-round fishing opportunities for a
variety of wild trout species. Wild trout found in high elevation, soft-water
streams include Rainbow and Brook trout, which are typically smaller (<10
inches) fish, and wild Brown trout which can grow to nearly 20 inches in
State regulations for wild trout: a daily possession limit of 7 fish with no
Best park streams for wild trout fishing: upper part of Abrams Creek (accessible by driving half way around
the loop road in Cades Cove)
BASS FISHING IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS
angling opportunities within the national park include smallmouth bass, which
are found in the large lower elevation streams including the first few miles of
the West Prong of the Little
Pigeon River and within the
first mile of streams flowing into Fontana Lake near the park boundary. Fish as
large as 2 to 3 pounds are commonly caught by anglers.
State regulations for smallmouth bass: a daily possession limit of 5 smallmouth
bass of at least 7 inches in length; only artificial flies or lures with a
single hook may be used.
Best park streams for smallmouth bass fishing: East Prong of Little River (from where it
enters the park near Townsend to the Sinks) and Abrams Creek (from its embayment with Chilhowee
Reservoir to Abrams Falls)
Fishing Regulations and Licenses
following regulations must be observed by those fishing within the boundaries
of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
is permitted year-round, from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes
- A valid
fishing license or permit is required for fishing in the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. No trout stamp is required. Fishing licenses may
be purchased online through the state government of Tennessee or
at one of these Pigeon Forge locations.
is allowed within all streams of the national park.
- Pick up
a free list of fishing regulations and map of fishable waters at any
ranger station or visitor center such as, Sugarland’s
our Smoky Mountains page for more information about
the park and other things to do while visiting Pigeon Forge.