With one of the most diverse native fish populations in the United States, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place for anglers to cast a line and enjoy the spectacular natural scenery. There are over 2,115 miles of streams and more than 60 species of fish, including shiners, minnows, rock bass, catfish, lampreys, and trout.
A variety of fishing experiences in the Smokies welcomes beginners and seasoned pros to reel in a whopper. There are even fishing competitions and events throughout the year, namely the annual spring and fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournaments! For the best locations to fish in and around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, check out our top 5 below.
5. West Prong of the Little Pigeon River
This stream ranges from medium to large and is known as one of the best fly fishing streams for brook and rainbow trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is easily accessible in many areas, including the Chimneys Picnic Area and the main entrance to the park. Connecting to West Prong, you will find Fighting Creek, Walkers Camp Prong, Alum Cave Creek, and Road Prong.
4. Dudley Creek
There is no formal access to this small stream, but it is densely covered and offers bass and trout fishing. You’ll find many rainbow trout in the lower sections and brook trout in the upper sections. Traveling along the perimeter of the park on Hwy 73, you’ll find this stream following along the highway once it exits the park.
3. Abrams Creek
With good water chemistry, and consequently better quality fish, this stream is considered one of the best streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Anthony Creek (which mainly flows underground) provides much of the water here. Abrams Creek can be accessed from the Cades Cove area and the Abrams Creek Campground.
2. Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River
Due to the rough terrain, the fishing pressure is low to moderate in Middle Prong, one of the park’s most beautiful streams in Greenbrier Cove. Here you’ll find brown and brook trout, but the majority of fish are rainbow trout. Spring is the best time to fish along the Middle Prong. And you’ll find plenty of spots to pull over and start fishing along Greenbrier Road.
1. East Prong of the Little River
This is one of the largest and most heavily fished streams in the area because it is easily accessible and heavily stocked with brown and rainbow trout. The stream starts at scenic Clingmans Dome and Mount Collins and quickly becomes a rushing river as it descends. It is commonly referred to as Little River, and it ranges from easy to difficult, depending on where in the stream you are.
Pigeon Forge TN Cabins
Retreat to your Pigeon Forge cabin rental after spending the day on the river with your bait and tackle. Start a fire in the wood-burning fireplace and sip local wine in the armchair. Curl up with your spouse to watch a movie on the big screen TV. Play games with the kids in the rec room. Soak tired muscles in the steamy hot tub. Or plunge into your private indoor pool!
Our Smoky Mountain cabins feature a variety of amenities to keep you entertained and relaxed on your Pigeon Forge fishing vacation — including mountain views, theaters, pool tables, arcade games, fully equipped kitchens, free Wi-Fi, bunk rooms, and king suites. Plus, you’ll be near loads of attractions, boutiques, and eateries. You can book your cozy stay online or at 1.866.513.7885.
Plan your memorable fishing vacation with family and friends in Pigeon Forge, TN, today!