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Seymour, TN  37865

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One of the most diverse native fish populations in the United States is found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offering over 2,115 miles of streams, more than 60 species of fish and one of the last wild trout habitats in the East. Angling experiences range from remote trout streams to smallmouth bass streams with darters, dace, rock bass, suckers, shiners, minnows, catfish and lampreys populating the streams. The following regulations and fees pertain to fishing inside the National Park and in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Looking for regulations and fees throughout the state of Tennessee? View images of the fish species native to the Smoky Mountains.

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Who Needs a License |Where to Purchase a License | License Rates | Daily Possession Limits
Size Limits
| Baits, Lures and Equipment | Gatlinburg Trout Fishing

GENERAL LICENSE INFORMATION:
~ Persons with a valid Tennessee or North Carolina state fishing license may fish in all open park waters ~ State trout licenses are not required
~ Fishing licenses go on sale March 1 and are valid until the last day of February
~ Licenses are not available through the Park Service
~ Fishing is permitted year-round in open waters
~ Fishing is permitted from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
~ Contact Park Headquarters at 865-436-1200 or stop by any ranger station for a complete list of open brook trout streams and closed or excluded waters inside the Park

WHO NEEDS A LICENSE:
~ Tennessee Resident or Non-Resident over the age of 13
~ Tennessee Residents over the age of 65 may obtain a special license from the state
~ Tennessee children under 13 are subject to the same limits and regulations as adults
~ North Carolina Resident or Non-Resident over the age of 16
~ North Carolina Resident over the age of 70 may obtain a special license from the state
~ North Carolina children under 13 are subject to the same limits and regulations as adults 

WHERE TO PURCHASE A LICENSE:

~ By calling 1-888-814-8972 you can get your fishing and hunting licenses instantly. An authorization number will allow you to begin fishing immediately. A $3.95 processing fee will be charged to your credit card.

~ You may also obtain a license by regular mail. Simply send your name, address (including zip code), social security number, date of birth, height, weight, eye and hair color and the correct fee to: TWRA Sales Office, P.O. Box 41729, Nashville, TN 37204-1729.

GATLINBURG

Gatlinburg City Hall
1230 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN  37738
865-436-1400

Ace Hardware of Gatlinburg
1025 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN  37738
865-436-5173

Old Smoky Outfitters
511 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN  37738
865-430-1936

Smoky Mountain Angler
376 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN  37738
865-436-8746

PIGEON FORGE

Clabough's Market
405 Wears Valley Rd.
Pigeon Forge, TN  37863
865-453-0729

J & B Market
4520 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN  37863
865-453-1807

Pigeon Forge Hardware
2519 McGill St.
Pigeon Forge, TN  37863
865-428-8898

Rocky Top Outfitters
3361 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN  37863
865-429-3474

SEVIERVILLE

K-Mart
217 Forks of The River Pkwy.
Sevierville, TN 37862
865-428-0014

Seymour Bait and Tackle
1019 Boyds Creek Rd.
Seymour, TN  37865
865-573-9337

Wal-Mart
1414 Parkway
Sevierville, TN  37862
865-429-0029

Wishing I Was Fishin
1405 Douglas Dam Rd.
Sevierville, TN  37862
865-774-7011

LICENSE RATES:
~ Non-Resident One Day All Fishing ~ $10.50

~ Non-Resident Three Day Fishing ~ $16.50 ~ No Trout
~ Non-Resident Ten Day Fishing ~ $25.50 ~ No Trout
~ Non-Resident Annual Fishing ~ $41.00 ~ No Trout
~ Non-Resident Three Day All Fish ~ $33.50
~ Non-Resident Ten Day All Fish ~ $50.50
~ Non-Resident Annual All Fish ~ $81.00
~ Gatlinburg Trout Daily Fishing ~ $2.50
~ Gatlinburg Three Day All Fishing ~ $6.50
~ Gatlinburg and the Park combined License ~ $20.50

DAILY POSSESSION LIMITS:
~ Five rainbow or brown trout, small mouth bass, or a combination of these per day, whether they are in your possession and regardless of how they are stored, fresh or frozen
~ 20 rockbass may be kept in addition to the limit above
~ All brook trout and any fish below the minimum size must be immediately returned to the water
~ Once reaching the daily possession limit, a person must stop fishing

SIZE LIMITS:
~ Rainbow and brown trout ~ 7" minimum
~ Smallmouth bass ~ 7" minimum
~ Rockbass (Redeye) ~ No size limit
~ Trout an smallmouth bass caught smaller then the legal length must be returned to the water

BAIT, LURES AND EQUIPMENT:
~ Fishing is permitted by the use of one hand held rod only
~ ONLY artificial flies and lures with a single hook may be used
~ Dropper flies are permitted ~ Up to 2 flies per leader
~ Possession/use of fish bait or liquid scent is prohibited while in possession of fishing tackle
~ Prohibited baits include, but are not limited to, corn, cheese, worms, salmon eggs, bread, pork rinds, minnows (live or preserved), liquid scents and natural baits found along streams
~ Possession/use of double, treble or gang hooks is prohibited
~ Fishing tackle and equipment are subject to inspection, including creels and fish in possession

GATLINBURG TROUT FISHING:
~ Fishing is permitted year round, except on Thursdays
~ Fishing is permitted from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
~ Fishing is permitted by the use of one hand held rod and a single hook only
~ Dec. 1 - March 31 ~ Possession of any trout prohibited
~ All trout caught must be released immediately
~ Use/possession of artificial lures, other than single hook artificial flies, is prohibited
~ Use/possession of bait is prohibited
~ April 1 - Nov. 30 ~ Creel limit for Trout is 5 per day
~ April 1 - Nov. 30 ~ Creel limit for Children ages 12 years and younger is 2 per day

GATLINBURG GENERAL STREAMS:
~ West Prong Little Pigeon River from the Park Boundary to Gnatty Branch, except Children's Streams
~ Dudley Creek from Park Boundary to West Prong Little Pigeon River, except Children's Streams
~ Roaring Fork from the Park Boundary to West Prong Little Pigeon River
~ LeConte Creek from Painter Branch to West Prong Little Pigeon River

GATLINBURG CHILDREN'S STREAMS:
~ May be fished ONLY by children ages 12 and under
~ LeConte Creek from Painters Branch upstream to Park Boundary
~ West Prong Little Pigeon River from 100 yards above entrance to Herbert Holt Park downstream to Gatlinburg By-Pass Bridge
~ Dudley Creek from Highway 441 Bridge to West Prong Little Pigeon River

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