The beautiful, clear streams of the Smoky Mountains, combined with the mild year-round weather and truly fantastic mountain scenery, make Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg ideal for a day spent casting a line. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts more than 2,900 miles of streams, with about 20% large enough to support trout populations – plenty of room for anglers from across the country to come and test their skills. In March 2015, officials in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced the reopening of the 8.5-mile Lynn Camp Prong to fishing. The reopening of the stream marks a pivotal point in the park’s history. It’s the first time since the park’s establishment in 1934 that all streams in the park are open to fishing! Now anglers have even more opportunities for fishing in this beautiful place. There are also many streams outside of the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, providing some wonderful fishing opportunities in and around Pigeon Forge. Three major angling fishing companies in the area provide guides for those wishing to spend a day on the water. If you’re looking for some great angling fishing in and around Pigeon Forge, check out these top local guides. They’ll offer the tips and tricks you need for a fantastic day of fishing!
The Smoky Mountain Angler
469 Brookside Village Way
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
The Smoky Mountain Angler is the oldest fly shop in Gatlinburg and the only fly fishing outfitter in town. They offer high-quality fishing gear from top brands, hand-tied and commercial flies, rental equipment, and guide services with guides that boast decades of fishing experience among them. They’re conveniently located just minutes from Pigeon Forge, and they offer a range of guided tour options. Their maximum client-to-guide ratio is 3 to 1, so you’ll get a personal experience. They even offer loaner gear (in limited sizes) at no extra charge!
Smokies Angling Adventures Guide Service
Captain David Berry
3520 Dockery Drive
Mascot, TN 37806
Servicing Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, TN
Offering year-round guided fishing trips on the streams, rivers, and lakes of East Tennessee, Smokies Angling Adventures Guide Service is a top angling service for Pigeon Forge. They specialize in crappie, bluegill, smallmouth and largemouth bass, trout, and striper fishing excursions. Each fishing excursion is led by a professional United States Coast Guard licensed guide. Along with taking you to the top fishing spots in the area, they offer on-the-water teaching about casting, locating fish, pattern fishing, reading electronics, seasonal patterns, and structure fishing.
3 Rivers Angler
5113 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Located just an hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge, 3 Rivers Angler offers guided trips in and around the park. They offer helpful tips and tricks for angling fishing in the beautiful, flowing streams of the park. They know the best times to fish, the correct lures to use, and the best streams to visit. Some wade trips are easy, while others are more challenging. Be sure to let your guide know of any physical limitations so they can best accommodate your needs.
Fish in the Great Smoky Mountains
Within the lakes, streams, and rivers of the Great Smoky Mountains, anglers will come across a wide variety of fish. Within the hundreds of miles of streams with fish in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 67 species of fish in 12 different families. There are even several federally protected fish species within the park: spotfin chub, duskytail darter, smoky madtom, and yellowfin madtom. Some of the other fish anglers will come across include:
• rock, largemouth, white, spotted, and smallmouth bass
• redbreast, green, and redear sunfish
• rainbow, brown, and brook trout
• white and black crappies
Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Just down the road from Pigeon Forge is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, home to many miles of streams for fishing. If you’re planning to spend a day there, here is some helpful information:
• Residents and nonresidents over the age of 13 must have a valid fishing license. (TN)
• Residents over the age of 65 may obtain a special state license. (TN)
• Fishing is permitted year-round in open waters.
• Fishing is permitted from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset.
• Five (5) brook, rainbow, or brown trout, smallmouth bass, or a combination are allowed each day (or in possession).
• Twenty (20) rock bass can be kept in addition to the five-fish limit mentioned above.
• Size limits: 7-inch minimum for brook, rainbow, and brown trout, and smallmouth bass
• One hand-held rod is the only approved fishing medium.
• Only artificial lures or lures with single hooks and up to two dropper flies on a leader are permitted.
For a full list of rules, regulations, and contact information, visit the National Park Service website.
Of course, you don’t have to have a guide to go angling fishing in Pigeon Forge. Just get a Tennessee fishing license and follow the rules and regulations of the area. Whether you spend an afternoon or an entire weekend fishing, you’ll find yourself swept away by the beauty of the area and the range of fish available! It’s a wonderful way to spend some peaceful alone time in the serenity of the mountains. It’s also ideal for a father-son trip or a guys’ weekend. Just imagine casting a line in the flowing waters of Pigeon Forge with the diversity of trees and wildlife surrounding you. Angling fishing in Pigeon Forge will leave you with memories to last a lifetime!
After a beautiful day by the water, have a lovely cabin to head back to. With so many options to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find just what you’re looking for in a Pigeon Forge cabin. The amenities offered will provide you with comfort and relaxation after a day fishing. Browse for an outdoor hot tub, big screen TV, indoor jetted tub, beautiful mountain views, game tables, and more! If you’re on your own, check out our 1-2 bedroom cabins, perfectly sized for a quiet weekend in the mountains. We also offer 3-6 bedroom cabins, large-group cabins, luxury cabins, and budget-friendly cabins – something for everyone! Our cabins also offer full kitchens and grills, so you can toss your fresh-caught fish on the grill for a wonderful dinner as you breathe in the fresh mountain air or relax in a cozy cabin among the trees.