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Trout Fishing the Smokies


To fish in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you need a valid Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license. Licenses are not available in the Park, but can be obtained from sources in the towns adjacent to the Park.

Non-residents 3-day permits are $10.50 and can be purchased in Gatlinburg at the Smoky Mountain Angler, City Hall, and the fishing in the smokies Chamber of Commerce. A daily permit for Gatlinburg only is $10.50, and a combined permit for both Gatlinburg and the Park is $20.50. Fishing is permitted year round in the Smokies from one-half hour before sunrise and one-half hour after sunset. Know your fish before you go–the possession of brook trout (speckled) is prohibited. A combination of five rainbow and brown trout per day (minimum 7 inches) is the limit. Only artificial lures and flies may be used, and only one hand-held rod is permitted. Some streams are closed to fishing to protect and study the threatened brook trout. Stop by a ranger station to obtain maps and get answers to questions.

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A trout being caught in a Smoky Mountain stream.