Great Smoky Mountains Fishing
Smoky Mountains National Park contains over 2,000 miles of cool
mountain streams where you will find rainbow trout, brown trout,
small-mouthed bass and rock bass.
Fishing is permitted in the park year-round from 30 minutes before
the official sunrise until 30 minutes after the official sunset.
Fishing is allowed in most streams, but some streams are closed
to fishing to protect threatened species. A complete list of regulations
and a map of park waters open for fishing is available at any visitor
center or ranger station.
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A valid fishing license or permit from Tennessee or North Carolina
is required and either state license is valid throughout the park.
Licenses are not available inside the park, but may be purchased
in nearby towns.
Tennessee License Requirements
Residents and nonresidents 13 and older must have a valid license.
Residents 65 and older may obtain a special license from the state.
North Carolina License Requirements
Residents and nonresidents 16 and older must have a valid license.
Residents 70 and older may obtain a special license from the state.
5 total of any combination of rainbow trout, brown trout or smallmouth
You must stop fishing immediately upon reaching the limit.
Rainbow and brown trout - 7in minimum
Smallmouth bass - 7in. minimum
Rockbass: No minimum
Fish under the legal length shall be immediately returned to the
water from which it was taken.
Lures, Bait, and Equipment
Fishing is permitted only by the use of one hand-held rod.
Only artificial flies or lures with a single hook may be used.
Dropper flies may be used. Up to two flies may be used on a leader.
The use or possession of any form of fish bait or liquid scent other
than artificial flies or lures is prohibited.
The use or possession of double, treble, or gang hooks is prohibited.
No guarantee is made by Pigeon Forge Live regarding
the accuracy of the above regulations. Be sure to obtain a complete
and current list of regulations before you begin fishing.