Springtime in the Smokies is absolutely stunning. The temps are warming up, the foliage is in full bloom and the local shops are opening with pride for a new season. With the recent burst of fresh rain, springtime also makes fishing in the Smokies a popular activity as the rivers swell and spawning season is in full swing.
While you may be ready to break out your fishing pole, it’s a good idea to understand the area’s best fishing hot spots before diving in. You’ll also want to understand the rules around fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here are a few tips and tricks for your visit:
Best Place to Fish
The Little Pigeon River is one of the most popular jaunts for fishing in the Smokies. Located entirely within Sevier County, it sits within the national park and rubs against the North Carolina border. Additionally, if you’re looking for a fishing cabin in Gatlinburg, there are plenty to be had around Little Pigeon so it’s quite convenient.
The region is one of the last surviving wild trout habitats in the eastern part of the country, and Little Pigeon is known for its trout content. Best of all, the river offers decent fishing for fishermen of all skill levels. If you’re a beginner and staying at a fishing cabin in Gatlinburg, there are several cabins that sit along one of Little Pigeon’s auxiliary streams. Cabins like River Rhapsody offer an opportunity to get your feet wet with fishing before tackling the bigger stuff! Plus, the amenities at most of the cabins are perfect for a fishing trip.
Rules of the Game
As with anything, recreational fishing in the Smokies has a few rules. You are required to have a fishing license when fishing in Tennessee. You must be at least 13 years of age to obtain one, and guests can opt for a variety of short term licenses if purchasing an annual pass isn’t feasible. You can purchase your license online or at any of the local gas holes or convenience stores. Obtaining a license is quick and easy, but definitely a requirement.
There are also some laws surrounding when you can hit the streams. Fishing is generally permitted 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sundown. The law dictates your daily catch limit as well as the bait that can be used legally. Make sure you’re familiar with these rules before breaking out your pole. Fines can be hefty if you don’t follow the guidelines!
Need a Fishing Cabin in Gatlinburg?
Our cabin selection at Diamond Mountain Rentalsoffers a variety of cabins located close to Little Pigeon and all the fishing action! Many of our cabins (like the aforementioned River Rhapsody) sit right along the streams and offer a peaceful homebase for your fishing extravaganza. If you want something closer to downtown, we’ve got you covered there too (check out Clearview or Scenic Ridge. Call us today and let us help you find your perfect fishing cabin in Gatlinburg.