The City of Gatlinburg operates a trout farm in order to stock City streams with trout year-round. The City stocks the streams every Thursday, so that is the only day there is no fishing inside the City Limits. There are some rules and regulations and different license requirements which are listed below.
TROUT FISHING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Licenses can be purchased by:
- Persons who possess a valid Tennessee Drivers License
- Persons who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the intent of making Tennessee their home
- Military personnel on active duty in Tennessee and their immediate family
- Students enrolled in a Tennessee college or university for at least six months. NOTE: Tennessee Residents with a Sportsman License (Type 40) or a Lifetime Sportsman License do not need any other license or permit.
- Ages 12 and under - No license or permit required
- Military Personnel on leave carrying copy of leave orders - No license required
- Age 13-15 years - Gatlinburg permit, One-day (Type 99) or Three-Day (Type 96) PLUS Junior Hunt, Fish, and Trap License (Type 02)
- Age 16 to 64 years old - Gatlinburg Permit, One-day (Type 99) or Three-Day (Type 96) PLUS Annual Trout (Type 22) and ONE of the following: Annual Hunt and Fish Combination (Type 01), County of Residence (Type 20), and One-day Fishing (Type 21)
- Age 65 years or older - Permanent Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap (Type 166) or Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167)
NOTE: If born before March 1, 1926, no license or permit required.
In addition to State Licensing requirements, a local permit is required for residents between 13 and 64 years of age. Permits are available at City Hall, Spur Welcome Center, and other outlets.
GENERAL REGULATIONS (apply year-round)
- Fishing is allowed during daylight hours only, which is defined as one half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
- Fishing is permitted with one hand-held rod and a single hook only.
- All multiple hooks are prohibited.
- No one over 12 years old is allowed to fish in any Children's Stream.
- Gatlinburg streams are closed to fishing every Thursday due to stocking.
Open Season: April 1 through November 30
- Daily creel limit is five (5) trout per person for General Streams and two (2) trout per child on Children's streams.
- Possession of more than the daily creel limit is prohibited, regardless of whether trout are fresh, stored in an ice chest, in a vehicle, or otherwise preserved.
- There is no size limit and any type of bait may be used.
Catch and Release Season: December 1 through March 31
- All trout must be immediately returned unharmed to the water.
- Possession of any trout is prohibited.
- West Prong Little Pigeon River from National Park Boundary downstream to Gnatty Branch, except those sections set aside as Children's Streams.
- Dudley Creek from National Park Boundary downstream to West Prong Little Pigeon River, except those sections set aside as Children's Streams.
- Roaring Fork from National Park Boundary downstream to West Prong Little Pigeon River.
- LeConte Creek from Painter's Branch downstream to West Prong Little Pigeon River.
- West Prong Little Pigeon River from a point 100 yards upstream of the Herbert Holt Park entrance downstream to the Gatlinburg By-Pass Bridge.
- Dudley Creek from the Highway 441 Bridge downstream to the West Prong Little Pigeon River.
- LeConte Creek from Painters Branch upstream to National Park Boundary.