Yes! Appalachian Springs is a campground in Pigeon Forge, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains and we have fantastic fishing opportunities nearby.

Here are some great fishing locations in and around Pigeon Forge:

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

  • The park boasts over 2,115 miles of streams, making it home to one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States.
  • From remote, headwater trout streams to large, coolwater smallmouth bass streams, there’s something for every angler.
  • The East Prong of the Little River is one of the largest streams in the park and is heavily fished. It’s an excellent spot for fly fishing with abundant rainbow and brown trout.
  • For more information and a map of all park waters, visit a visitor center.
  • License required: Yes


Big Rock Dude Ranch Fishing Pond:

    • Located in Pigeon Forge, this pond is stocked with bluegill, crappie, catfish, and bass.
    • You can fish here without a license, and the ranch provides rods, reels, and bait for a nominal fee.
    • License required: No

Douglas Lake

  • A beautiful reservoir created from the French Broad River.
  • Stretching over 32 miles, it’s just a few miles from the national park.
  • Offers fantastic bass fishing accessible from various pulloffs along the road.
  • License required: Yes

Gatlinburg Trout Facility – Herbert Holt Park

  • Tennessee’s only municipal trout farm, located in Gatlinburg.
  • Rainbow trout reared here are deposited into the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River every Thursday.
  • The surrounding waters are designated for children-only fishing.
  • License required: Yes

Mynatt Park

  • Along LeConte Creek, near the beginning of the Historic Motor Nature Trail extending from the GSMNP boundary.
  • Another great spot for children-only fishing.
  • The park also includes a picnic area by the water.
  • License required: Yes
  • Fishing is permitted year-round in the park, from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. The park allows fishing in all streams. You must possess a valid fishing license for Tennessee or North Carolina. Fishing permits are not available in the park, but can be purchased in nearby towns. Special permits are required to fish in Gatlinburg and Cherokee.

Abrams Creek

  • Just outside the Cades Cove loop, the trailhead for Abrams Falls leads to this creek.
  • Opportunities for fishing along the 4.2-mile trail.
  • License required: Yes


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