For many outdoor lovers, there's nothing quite as relaxing and satisfying as fishing. Vacationers in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee are welcome to sample the many well-stocked streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding area, including inside Gatlinburg city limits. Read on for outfitters, information, and licensing resources.
Stocking And Trout Farming
The city of Gatlinburg has its own trout farm. Restocking occurs every Thursday, so there is no fishing on Thursdays inside Gatlinburg city limits. The City of Gatlinburg began its trout-stocking efforts in the early 1980's. Recent upgrades in 1995 help ensure that the city can keep a satisfying supply of healthy-sized Rainbow Trout for visitors and locals to enjoy. The native trout within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are brook and brown trout. Be sure to check out the Tuckaleechee Trout Farm Restaurant - a well-known family establishment that's widely regarded by travelers as one of the best in the area!
Tuckaleechee Trout Farm Restaurant
142 Tipton Road - Townsend, TN 37882
For Information Call: 1-865-448-2290
Fishing Season And Limits
Tennessee's daily Creel Limit is 5 fish per day during season. Open Season lasts from April 1 through November 30. There is no size limit and any type of bait may be used during season. Fishermen (and women!) are permitted to use hand-held lines and single hooks. Multiple lines and treble-hooks are not permitted at any time. While fishing or while afield, possession of more than the daily creel limit is prohibited, regardless of whether trout are fresh, stored in an ice chest or vehicle, or otherwise preserved.
Fishing is strictly catch-and-release between December 1 and March 31. During catch-and-release, only single-hook artificial lures are permitted. The use or possession of any bait is prohibited; bait includes any living or dead organism, or prepared substance, designed to attract fish by taste or odor.
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
Post Office Box 40747 - Nashville, TN 37204
For Information Call: 1-615-781-6500
Licenses And Permits - Tennessee Residents
Licenses can be purchased by persons who possess a valid Tennessee Drivers License; have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the intent of making Tennessee their home; military personnel on active duty in Tennessee and their immediate family; students enrolled in a Tennessee college or university for at least six months. NOTE: Tennessee Residents with a Sportsman License (Type 40) or a Lifetime Sportsman License do not need any other license or permit.
- Ages 12 and under - NO license or permit required
- Military Personnel on leave carrying copy of leave orders. (A pass does not meet this requirement) - No license required.
- Age 13-15 years- Gatlinburg permit, One-day (type 99) or Three-Day (Type 96) PLUS Junior Hunt, Fish, and Trap License (Type 02).
- Age 16 to 64 years old- Gatlinburg Permit, One-day (Type 99) or Three-Day (Type 96) PLUS Annual Trout (Type 22) and ONE of the following: Annual Hunt and Fish Combination (Type 01), County of Residence (Type 20), and One-day Fishing (Type 21).
- Age 65 years or older- Permanent Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap (Type 166) or Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167)
- NOTE: If born before March 1, 1926, no license or permit required.
Licenses And Permits - Out-Of-State Visitors
It's relatively easy to get permits for trout fishing as a visitor to Gatlinburg. You can either drop by the Gatlinburg Welcome Center on your way into town, or call ahead and set everything up through the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. In addition to the State Licensing Regulations listed below, a local permit will be required by the City Of Gatlinburg for all persons ages 13 and over.
- Ages 12 and under - NO license or permit required
- Age 13 to 15 years old- Gatlinburg Permit, One-day (type 99) or Three-Day (Type 96), PLUS Non-resident Junior Hunt and Fish (Type 70)
- Age 16 and over- Non-resident Gatlinburg One-day (Type 97) ONLY OR a combination of the following: Gatlinburg One-day (Type 99) or Three-day (Type 97) PLUS one of these
- Non-resident licenses: Three Day All Fish (Type 78); Ten-day All Fish (Type 80); or Annual All Fish (Type 81)
- Note: There is no exemption for over 65 non-residents
Gatlinburg Welcome Center
1011 Banner Road - Gatlinburg, TN 37738
For Information Call: 1-865-436-0519
Stocked Streams In The Gatlinburg Area
- West Prong Little Pigeon River from National Park Boundary downstream to Gnatty Branch, except those sections set aside as Children's Streams.
- Dudley Creek from National Park Boundary downstream to West Prong Little Pigeon River, except those sections set aside as Children's Streams.
- Roaring Fork from National Park Boundary downstream to West Prong Little Pigeon River.
- LeConte Creek from Painter's Branch downstream to West Prong Little Pigeon River.
- West Prong Little Pigeon River from a point to 100 yards upstream of the Herbert Holt Park Entrance downstream to the Gatlinburg By-Pass Bridge.
- Dudley Creek from the Highway 441 Bridge downstream to the West Prong Little Pigeon River.
- LeConte Creek from Painters Branch upstream to National Park Boundary.
Fishing And Outdoors Outfitters In The Gatlinburg Area
Smoky Mountain Angler
376 East Parkway Suite 3 - Gatlinburg, TN 37738
For Information Call: 1-865-436-8746
Little River Outfitters
Post Office Box 505 - Townsend, TN 37882
For Information Call: 1-865-448-9459
Wishin' I Was Fishin'
Douglas Dam Road/Highway 338-North - Sevierville, TN
For Information Call: 1-865-774-7011