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Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

Trout fishing in the Smoky Mountains is popular with outdoorsmen as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park permits fishing year round. Fishing is allowed daily from half an hour before official sunrise until half an hour after sunset. Open Season is April 1 through November 30, with fishing from December 1 to March 31 designated as Catch and Release only.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park allows fishing in most steams within the Park's boundaries, with a fishing permit from either the state of Tennessee or North Carolina, regardless of which state you're fishing in. Fishing is not allowed inside the Gatlinburg City Limits on Thursdays when the city stocks its streams with trout.

Fishing licenses are not available for purchase in the National Park but may be obtained at Gatlinburg City Hall or the Sevier County Clerk in Sevierville, as well as many markets, outfitters and grocery stores in Pigeon Forge and the surrounding towns.

It is important to know your fish before you go angling, as possession of the protected brook trout or "speckled trout" is prohibited. Guidelines and restrictions for fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are available on the National Park Service website at

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