The following information is taken from an official
Park publication. The official publication for all Park regulations
is Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. A copy of the Code can be obtained at most ranger stations and
You must have a valid Tennessee or North Carolina
state fishing license to fish all open Park waters. Licenses
must be presented on demand by a Park Ranger.
Tennessee License Requirements Residents and nonresidents
age 13 and older need a license. The exception
is residents who were 65 prior to March 1, 1990. These persons require only proof of age and Tennessee
North Carolina License Requirements Residents
and nonresidents age 16 and older need a license. Residents
age 70 and older may obtain a special license from the state.
Persons under 16 in North Carolina and under 13
in Tennessee are entitled to the same limits as adults and are
subject to all other regulations.
The Park does not sell state fishing licenses. They may be purchased in surrounding towns.
Fishing is permitted year-round in open waters.
Fishing is allowed from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.
Daily Possession Limits
The possession of brook trout is prohibited because
the Park is pursuing an aggressive program to protect and
restore the brook trout to a self sustaining level. Logging operations in the early 1900s eliminated the brook trout
from its natural range.
Five (5) rainbow or brown trout, small mouth bass,
or a combination of these (7 inch minimum), each day or in
possession. Any brook trout caught must be immediately returned unharmed to the water.
Lures, Bait, and Equipment
(a) Fishing is permitted only by the use of one hand-held rod.
(b) Only artificial flies or lures with a single hook may be used.
(c) Fishing tackle and equipment including creels
and fish in possession are subject to inspection by authorized
Updated on February 7, 2002