The Great Smoky Mountains National Park holds one of the most diverse native fish populations in the United States. There are over 2,115 miles of streams and more than 60 species of fish, including shiners, minnows, rock bass, catfish, lampreys and more. The park offers a variety of fishing experiences for both beginners and seasoned pros. Check out these locations for some of the best fishing in and around Pigeon Forge.
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 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is also 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.
Dudley Creek – There is no formal access to this small stream, but it is densely covered. There are 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 will find this stream following along the highway once it exits the park.
Abrams Creek – With good water chemistry, and consequently better quality fish, this stream is considered to be one of the best streams in the 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.
Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River – The fishing pressure is low to moderate in Middle Prong, one of the park’s most beautiful streams. Here you will find brown and brook trout, but the majority of fish are rainbow trout.
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. It is commonly referred to as,“Little River,” and it ranges from easy to difficult, depending on where in the stream you are.