Scheduling vacations so that everyone gets to live their very own Smoky Mountain dream always seems complicated–which defeats the purpose of vacation in the first place, right? You would rather be fishing…Someone wants to shop…The kids want to ride the chair lift…And, everyone always wants to eat. How do you keep everyone close enough together to share meals and check in but still get to go fishing? Gatlinburg is the answer to your vacation dilemma, of course.
And, we Gatlinburg folk take our trout fishing very seriously. The city of Gatlinburg even runs its own trout farm and stocks anywhere from 35,000 to 45,000 fish ranging from 8-14 inches long in Gatlinburg streams annually. You can fish a stream right in the middle of Downtown Gatlinburg only steps from shopping, dining and amusements. Or, you can rent a downtown water-side cabin that is within walking distance of a trolley stop–or even a cabin on the water a short drive from town. Problem solved.
Of course, there are lots of things you should know about fishing in Gatlinburg. The city stocks the streams every Thursday; therefore, there is no fishing inside the city limits of Gatlinburg on Thursdays. There are creel limits and designated children’s streams. And, you’ll need a license or two. You’ll need a state fishing license which you can buy online as well as a Gatlinburg City Fishing License (1-day or 3-day) if you plan on fishing in town. You can buy the city license at Gatlinburg City Hall (on Hwy 321), the Visitor Center on the Spur (Hwy 441) and at a handful of convenience and hardware stores in town.
In addition to licensing, other regulations require that you only use a single hand-held rod with a single hook. During the winter months, only artificial bait can be used and all fish must be released.
As always, make sure you are aware of all the rules and regulations…and then come on down…the fish are always bitin’.
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