Fishing in the Smokies
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hundreds of miles of spectacularly clear streams for rainbow or brown trout. From the Lodge, fishermen can step out of their door in the morning and fish on the premises or walk up the creek and be inside the park.

If you prefer stillwater fishing, Fontana Lake boasts one of the most diverse fish populations anywhere in the country. With depths of over 400 feet, many northern fish such as walleye, muskie and smallmouth can be found here as well as southern native smallmouth or largemouth bass.

To fish in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you must have either a valid North Carolina or Tennessee fishing license. You can purchase a basic North Carolina license for a period of one day, three days or one year. The cost for a non-resident is:

  • One day $10
  • Two days $15
  • One year $30

If you plan to fish for trout outside the National Park, an additional "trout stamp" is required at a cost of $10. Some of the trout streams are strictly catch-and-release.

For more information about North Carolina fishing, go to Online Fishing Regulations

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