The Smoky Mountains are known for their native brook and brown trout, and Gatlinburg and the National Park have over 2,800 miles of rivers and streams that are just waiting for you to cast your line. Visitors and locals alike can fish in ANY stream and river in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Before you pack your fishing gear, however, there are local and state fishing regulations you’ll have to know:
In addition to the streams inside the National Park, there are two designated children’s fishing areas inside North Gatlinburg Park and Mynatt which are heavily stocked with trout. The North Gatlinburg city park is located (naturally) at the northern Parkway entrance to the city, and Mynatt Park is located off of Airport Road.
In downtown Gatlinburg, there are some additional restrictions. Fishing is not allowed on Thursdays, as this is the day that the city stocks its waters with trout. Trout is also prohibited from capture from December 1st and March 31st. Any trout caught in downtown Gatlinburg.