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NATIONAL PARK FISHING REGULATIONS

     Information contained below has been compiled from Great Smoky Mountains National Park official sources, and we constantly search for more information and updates, but is subject to change without notice, and is provided for your travel planning assistance.  Check back OFTEN and ENJOY! 

LICENSE INFORMATION

     Persons possessing a valid Tennessee or North Carolina state fishing license may fish all open park waters.  Licenses must be displayed on demand by authorized personnel.  Supplemental state trout licenses are not required.  The park does not sell state fishing licenses, they may be purchased in nearby GatlinburgTownsend, Wears Valley, Douglas Lake area, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, TN and Cherokee, Maggie Valley, NC and other nearby cities.  The National Park Service requests that any violators be reported to them ay (865) 436-1294.

TENNESSEE LICENSE REQUIRE

     Residents and non-residents age 13 and older must have a valid license.  Residents 65 and older may obtain a special license from the state.  Persons under 13 are entitled to the adult daily bag limits and are subject to all other regulations.

NORTH CAROLINA LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

     Residents and non-residents age 16 and older need a license.  Residents age 70 and older may obtain a special license from the state. 

SEASON

     Fishing is permitted year-round in open waters.

TIME

     Fishing is allowed from a half hour before official sunrise to a half hour after official sunset.

DAILY POSSESSION LIMITS

     Five (5) rainbow or brown trout, smallmouth bass, or a combination of these each day or in possession, regardless of whether they are fresh, stored in an ice chest, or otherwise preserved.  The combined total must not exceed five fish.  Twenty (20) rockbass may be kept in addition to the above limit.  A person nust stop fishing immediately after obtaining the limit.

SIZE LIMITS

bulletRainbow and Brown Trout: 7" Minimum
bulletSmallmouth Bass: 7" Minimum
bulletRockbass (Redeye): No Size Limit

     Trout or smallmouth bass caught less than the legal length shall be immediately returned to the water from which it was taken.  NOTE: It is recommended to wet your hands in the water before touching any fish to be returned, to lessen the chance of injury to the fish.

LURES, BAIT, AND EQUIPMENT

  1. Fishing is permitted only by the use of one hand-held rod.
  2. ONLY artificial flies or lures with a single hook may be used.  Up to two flies on a leader.
  3. Use or possession of any form of fish bait or liquid scent other than artificial flies or lures on or along any park stream while in possession of fishing tackle is prohibited.  PROHIBITED baits include, but are not limited to: Minnows (live or preserved) worms, corn, cheese, bread, salmon eggs, pork rinds, liquid scents and natural baits found along streams.
  4. Use of possession of double, treble, or gang hooks is prohibited.
  5. Fishing tackle and equipment, including creels and fish in possession, are subject to inspection by authorized personnel. 

SAFETY

     Standing and wading in streams can drain body heat and lead to hypothermia.  Rising water levels resulting from sudden mountain storms occur quite frequently, so monitor water levels.  Water currents are swifter than they appear and footing is tracherous on wet and moss covered rocks.

BE A CLEAN FISHERMAN

     If there's a tangle of line, or an empty can at your feet, please clean up after your fellow angler.

MUCH MUCH MORE SOON!

 
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