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Things to Know About Fishing While Staying in Our Cabins in Tennessee

If you are planning to go fishing while staying in one of our cabins in Tennessee, we are happy to tell you a little secret about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The secret is that there are over 2,900 miles of streams in the park that are perfect places to go fishing when staying in one of our cabins in the mountains. The streams offer a wide range of fishing experiences, including trout, smallmouth bass, and more depending on which stream you choose. But as anxious as you are to break out the rod and reel, there are a few things you need to know about fishing in the park while staying in our cabins in the mountains.

A Fishing License is Required

If you plan to go fishing in the park while staying in one of our cabins in Tennessee, you must have a valid Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license. The good news is that either of these licenses is accepted at the park and you don’t have to pay extra for a trout stamp. While you can’t buy your license in the park, there are several locations in Gatlinburg including the City Hall, and numerous hardware and angling supply stores around town.

There Are Time Limits

You can fish in any of the open waters in Great Smoky Mountains National Park all year round, including the miles of streams. You are permitted to start fishing 30 minutes before the official sunrise time and continue until 30 minutes past the official sunset time. Once you’ve enjoyed a good night’s sleep in one of our cabins in Tennessee, grab your rod, reel, and tackle box and head into the park for a nice relaxing day of fishing.

Size and Possession Limits

If you plan to go fishing while staying in one of the cabins in the mountains offered by Mountain Air Cabin Rentals, you should know about the daily size and possession limits. These limits are:

  • Brook, Rainbow, and Brown Trout – 5
  • Smallmouth Bass – 5
  • A combination of any of these fish – 5

Fish Size Limits are:

  •  Brook, Brown, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass – 7 inches
  • Rock Bass – no size limits

If you catch anything smaller than the limit, you must return it to the water so it can grow bigger.

Your Choice of Gear and Bait

If you plan to go fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while staying in one of our cabins in the mountains, there are rules that apply to the gear and bait you plan to use. You are permitted to use only one hand-held rod and reel. As for bait, you are allowed to use artificial lures and flies. At no time are you allowed to use bait such as bread, liquid scents, pork rinds, minnows, salmon eggs, or worms. Keep in mind your gear is subject to inspection by a park ranger.

Your Safety

Fishing can be a lot of fun, but only if you do so safely. Standing in the cold waters in the park for a long time can lead to hypothermia. Symptoms of this include loss of coordination and muscle strength, irrational behavior, and mental confusion. Be sure you take breaks to warm up frequently. The underwater rocks and those covered in moss are likely to be very slippery, making footing treacherous. 

Mountain Air Cabin Rentals vacation homes are located throughout the Smoky Mountains: Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Wears Valley. We are close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, Ripley's Aquarium, many dinner shows and theaters, local arts and crafts, and a variety of other activities.

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