Fishing is permitted year-round in the park, but a Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required. Either state license is valid throughout the park and no trout stamp is required. A special permit is required for the Cherokee Reservation and Gatlinburg. Licenses are available in nearby towns. Fishing with bait is prohibited.
A free fishing map with a complete list of all park fishing regulations is available at park visitor centers. Brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and smallmouth bass are all found in park streams and rivers. Find a complete list of this park's fish HERE and our complete list of fishing resouces HERE.