|Most residents know
what they need for fishing, so we are going to concentrate on what
the visitors need to know about fishing near the park. Gatlinburg
waters will be the first area we cover here in the magazine.
If you are going
to fish in Gatlinburg, and we think it is a great idea to
do that, you need to know where exactly to fish. The first
thing we are going to tell you is WHAT areas fall under the City
of Gatlinburg's jurisdiction. So, here they are:
These are the
waters that fall under Gatlinburg Fishing regulations:
- West Prong
Little Pigeon River from Park Boundary downstream to Gnatty
Branch, except those sections set aside as Children's Streams
- Dudley Creek
from Park Boundary downstream to West Prong of the Little
Pigeon River, except those sections set aside as Children's
- Roaring Fork
from Park Boundary downstream to West Prong of Little River
- LeConte Creek
from Painter's Branch downstream to the West Prong of LIttle
Gatlinburg has a
unique set of regulations for trout fishing, and with very good
reason. They have a very active stocking and breeding program, and
have a special licensing permit requirement that goes to partially
fund that program. Gatlinburg requires that the fisherman practice
"Catch and Release" tactics from November until April 1
every year. Even though "Catch and Release" is in
effect, you still MUST have full licenses to fish there,
and ALL Gatlinburg waters are closed EVERY THURSDAY.
Fishing is permitted with single hook only and with no more
than one hand-held rod. note: There is a river called LITTLE
RIVER in Townsend and the National Park as well as a river called
the LITTLE Pigeon River. Don't get confused!!
FISHING AREAS no adult
Creel limit is 2
trout per day for kids 12 years old and under who are fishing in
the Children's Streams. Only one hand-held rod and single hooks
- LeConte Creek
from Painter's Branch upstream to Park Boundary
- West Prong of
the Little Pigeon River from 100 yards above the North
Gatlinburg Park Entrance downstream to the Gatlinburg By-Pass
- Dudley Creek,
from Highway 441 bridge downstream to the West Prong of the
Little Pigeon River
There is more! You didn't really
think you were going to get off that easily, now did you?
FISHING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS AND AGENTS:
These are the license options that the 16
years and over crowd has to choose from. Ask your TWRA agent for
assistance if you need it. They've already memorized your options!
- 8 years old and under: NO
license of any kind is needed to fish
- 9 years old to 12 years old: in
Gatlinburg waters only you need Gatlinburg One-day Permit ONLY
(Type 99) cost $2.50
- up to 13 years old in regular waters
(NON GATLINBURG): you don't need any type of license to
fish. Have fun!
- age 13 to 15 years old: Junior
Hunt and Fish (type 70-cost is $6.00, and they are good for a
year) and if they are fishing inside Gatlinburg waters, they
will also need Gatlinburg One-day permit (type99-cost
is $2.50 per day)
- OR they may purchase a Gatlinburg
One-day Non-resident Permit (type 97-cost $10.50)
- Three day fishing no trout:TYPE
77-Cost $10.50 (not valid for Gatlinburg waters!!!)
- Three day all species: TYPE 78-Cost
$20.50 works in Gatlinburg, but you still need a type 96
for 3 days worth of fishing or type 99 per day in addition to
this license to fish Gatlinburg water
- Ten day Fishing no trout: TYPE 79-Cost
$15.50 not valid for Gatlinburg waters!!!
- Ten day all species: TYPE 80-Cost
$30.50 works in Gatlinburg, but you also need type 99 in
addition to this license to fish in Gatlinburg waters
- Annual all fish: TYPE 81-Cost $51.00
works in Gatlinburg, but you need the daily type 99 to fish in
Gatlinburg waters in addition to this license
- One day non-resident Gatlinburg waters
only: TYPE 97-Cost $10.50
- Gatlinburg One-day Permit (Type
99-cost $2.50)must be used in addition to type 78, type
80, or type 81 unless under the age of 13.
ATTENTION FISHERMEN!!New winter
fishing regulations are being enforced in Gatlinburg waters!
The new rules are in effect from December 1
through March 31.
- All trout caught must be immediately
returned unharmed to the water
you cannot keep ANY trout you catch
- Artificial lures with a single hook MUST
be used. You cannot use any bait such as corn, bread, minnows,
worms, or power bait.
- You still MUST have a city of Gatlinburg
permit, and fishing is still closed every Thursday year round.
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