If you'd like to try your luck in Gatlinburg waters, remember that a city permit is required in addition to a state fishing license. If you trout fish within Gatlinburg city limits, you only need a 1-day state permit. If you fish elsewhere, you need a regular state license.
The state fishing license can be purchased online from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, or by calling 1-888-814-TWRA (8972). You will legally be able to fish as soon as your transaction is complete, and a permanent license will be mailed to you within 48 hours.
For more information regarding Tennessee fishing regulations, visit the TWRA Fisheries Management Division web page.
*Please note that the prices posted here are subject to change, visit the TWRA Fisheries Management Division page for more details and a complete price list, including resident license fees and children's license fees.
The creel limit on trout is five fish per day, however, between the first of December and the end of March, all trout must be immediately released after capture, and only artificial bait is permitted. For the remainder of the year, anything goes with a hand-held rod and single hook. Treble hooks are never permitted.
Because the trout are stocked on Thursday, no fishing of any kind is permitted on Thursdays.
Look no further than the Pigeon Forge area for the excitement of casting your line and trying your hand at trout fishing! Pack up your tackle box and take a fishing trip to Gatlinburg this year!
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stocks rainbow trout in the Little Pigeon River in Pittman Center Tennessee, just east of Gatlinburg on 321. Native trout inhabit the waters of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Look for brook trout and brown trout in the National Park.
For more information about trout fishing in Tennessee and in Gatlinburg, visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s fishing site.