man fishing in a creek
Whether you’re new to fishing or an experienced angler, Gatlinburg and the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains are great places to cast a line. If fly fishing is your thing, come to the Smokies and get access to some of the finest trout fishing in Tennessee.

Local outfitters can provide everything you need to enjoy a day of fishing. From rods and reels to professional fishing guides, local experts like The Smoky Mountain Angler offer professional insights and tips for any skill level.

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 so do your homework before venturing out.

A permit is required to fish, unless age 12 or under. Permits are available at City
Hall, Spur Welcome Center and online at or on the TWRA On The Go App.

Open Season for fishing is April 1 through November 30. Catch and release season is December 1 through March 31 when more restrictions apply.

More information on fishing in Gatlinburg can be found on Gatlinburg’s Official Website.