Fishing in the Smokies

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The Smoky Mountains region is teeming with rivers, streams, and lakes that present a rich diversity of fishing experiences. Some of the most sought-after fish species in these waters include trout (rainbow, brown, and brook), smallmouth bass, and various panfish. In this blog post, we will explore the best fishing spots in the region and guide you through the process of obtaining fishing licenses to ensure you have a hassle-free and enjoyable time.


Fishing Locations in the Smoky Mountains:

The Smoky Mountains region offers an array of scenic fishing spots where you can reel in your catch surrounded by nature's beauty. Here are some exact locations where fishing is allowed:

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park:  Throughout the park, there are over 2,900 miles of streams where fishing is permitted. Some popular fishing locations within the park include:

  • Little River: Accessible from the Little River Road, this is a well-known spot for trout fishing, particularly rainbow and brook trout.
  • Oconaluftee River: Found near the park's entrance, this river is home to both rainbow and brown trout.
  • West Prong of the Little Pigeon River: Located along the Newfound Gap Road, this river is popular for its brook trout fishing.

2. Little Pigeon River: Running through Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, this river offers easily accessible fishing spots for anglers looking to catch smallmouth bass and rock bass.

3. Douglas Lake: Located near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Douglas Lake is a sprawling reservoir known for its bass fishing. The lake allows fishing from the shore, as well as from boats.

4. Cherokee Indian Reservation: The Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina offers excellent fishing opportunities, especially for trout. Some of the accessible fishing locations include:

  • Raven Fork: This is a catch-and-release trophy water stream, perfect for anglers seeking a challenge.
  • Soco Creek: Running through the heart of the reservation, Soco Creek is stocked with trout and easily accessible for fishing.
5. Fontana Lake: This picturesque lake stretches through the southwestern part of the Smoky Mountains. It's a haven for bass, walleye, and panfish. You can fish from the shoreline or rent a boat for a more extensive fishing adventure.

Important Note: Always ensure you have the necessary fishing licenses and permits before fishing in these locations. Additionally, some areas within these locations may have specific fishing regulations or seasonal restrictions, so be sure to check the rules and guidelines provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the National Park Service to avoid any violations. Respect the environment, practice catch-and-release when appropriate, and enjoy the tranquility of fishing in the Smoky Mountains.