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Trout Regulations

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Any combination of trout species:

Daily Limit – 7

Minimum Length Limit – None

Exceptions:

  • Only 2 trout in a creel may be lake trout
  • See the following specific regulations
  • Delayed Harvest Areas

In the areas listed below, the harvest or possession of trout is prohibited during the catch-and-release season. During the catch-and-release season, only artificial lures are permitted and the use or possession of bait is prohibited.

Hiwassee River: Appalachian Powerhouse downstream to L&N Railroad Bridge

  • Catch-and-release season is October 1 through last day of February.
  • From March 1 through September 30, trout creel limit is 7 trout of all species combined and only 2 may be brown trout.

Paint Creek: Paint Creek Campground downstream to mouth at French Broad River

  • Catch-and-release season is October 1 through last day of February.

Piney River: Cumberland Trail State Park downstream to Highway 27 Bridge

  • Catch-and-release season is November 1 through last day of February.

Tellico River:Mouth of Turkey Creek upstream to the mouth of North River

  • Catch-and-release season is October 1 through March 14.
  • Special Trout Regulations

Caney Fork River: Center Hill Dam to Cumberland River, including tributaries

  • Total daily creel of all trout (rainbow, brown and brook) in combination is 5 fish
  • Rainbow Trout: 5 per day, 14–20 inch protected length range, only one fish over 20 inches may be harvested
  • Brook Trout: 5 per day, 14–20 inch protected length range, only one fish over 20 inches may be harvested
  • Brown Trout: 1 per day, 24 inch minimum length limit

Clinch River:Norris Dam. downstream to Hwy. 61 bridge, including tributaries

  • 14–20 inch protected length range on all trout
  • 7 trout creel limit, only one trout may be greater than 20 inches

Clear Creek:tributary to Clinch River—Anderson Co.

  • Closed to fishing and minnow seining from Hwy. 441 upstream to the second dam (adjacent to the city of Norris water tower), as posted from Nov. 1–Mar. 31.

Hiwassee River:Apalachian Powerhouse downstream to L&N Railroad Bridge

  • March 1 through September 30: 7 trout creel limit, only 2 may be brown trout.
  • October 1 through last day of February: see delayed harvest areas.

South Holston River:South Holston Dam to Hwy. 37 Bridge at Bluff City

  • 16–22 inch protected length range on all trout
  • 7 trout creel limit, only one trout may be greater than 22 inches
  • Closed to all fishing Nov. 1–Jan. 31 in the following areas:
    1. Hickory Tree Bridge upstream to the confluence with Bottom Creek
    2. downstream point of Boy’s Island (first island downstream of Weaver Pike Bridge) upstream to the top of the first island above Webb Road Bridge

Watauga River: Quality Trout Fishing Area Smallings bridge downstream to CSX railroad bridges

  • 14 inch minimum length limit
  • 2 trout creel limit
  • Use or possession of any bait is prohibited.
  • Trout less than 14 inches may not be in possession

Polk County:Big Lost Creek, Goforth Creek, Spring Creek, Greasy Creek, and their tributaries in Polk County

  • Closed to fishing on Fridays from Mar. 1 through June 1 except for state and federal holidays
  • Only one single hook lure or baited single hook is permitted
  • The use or possession of lures or baits with multiple hooks is prohibited
  • Fishing is permitted from one-half hour before official sunrise to one-half hour after official sunset
  • Fishing equipment or tackle is prohibited on the stream banks except during legal fishing hours

Horse Creek:Greene County, US Forest Service Boundary Line upstream to the junction of Squibb Creek

  • Daily limit: 7 trout per day, except from May 1–Sep. 30 daily limit is 2 trout

Slickrock Creek: That portion of Slickrock Creek which constitutes the boundary between the states of Tennessee and North Carolina.

  • Appropriate licenses from TN or NC are valid
  • Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout: Daily limit of 4 in combination with a 7 inch minimum length limit
  • Fishing permitted 12 hour before official sunrise to 12 hour after official sunset
  • Only single-hook artificial lures are permitted. Use or possession of bait or multiple hook lures is prohibited. One single-hook artificial lure separated from a legal lure by a length of line (for example, a dropper fly) is also permitted.
  • Each angler permitted only one rod or pole
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Most of the streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park provide trout fishing opportunities. For detailed fishing information and regulations, contact: Park Headquarters, Gatlinburg, TN 37738; phone (865) 436-1200.

  • Fort Campbell Military Reservation

Several streams on Fort Campbell Military Reservation including Noah’s Spring Branch, Little West Fork and Fletcher’s Fork are stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Special fishing regulations apply and a Post Fishing Permit is required in addition to a valid Tennessee fishing license and trout stamp. For details, contact the Community Recreation Division, Hunting and Fishing Unit, Fort Campbell, KY 42223-5000; phone (270) 798-2175.

Tellico-Citico Permit Areas

Regulations

Tellico River from its confluence with Turkey Creek upstream to the Tennessee-North Carolina state line.

Tellico-Citico Permit required March 15 through September 15.

Closed on Thursday and Friday during the period March 15 through September 15 (except when national or state holidays fall on Thursday and Friday). From September 16 through March 14 fishing is allowed every day and Tellico-Citico Permit is not required.

Daily creel limit of 7 trout, with no size limit.

Fishing permitted from ½ hour before official sunrise to ½ hour after official sunset. The possession of fishing equipment and/or tackle is prohibited on stream banks except during legal fishing hours.

Each angler permitted only one rod or pole.

Citico Creek from its confluence with Little Citico Creek upstream to the confluence of North and South Forks of Citico Creek.

Green Cove Pond

Handicapped – any person who is mentally impaired or physically impaired (including blindness) because of injury or disease, congenital or acquired, which permanently renders him/her so severely disabled as to be unable to move without aid of crutches or a wheelchair, or a person who has 80% permanent impairment of a hand or arm as determined by a physician using the standards outlined in the “Guide to Evaluations of Permanent Rating,” published by the AMA or other acceptable rating system.

Fishing limited to handicapped individuals, children under age 13 and adults 65 years of age and older.

Tellico-Citico Permit required year-round.

Closed on Thursday and Friday year-round (except open on all state and national holidays and scheduled special organized handicapped or children’s fishing events).

Hours open – ½ hour before official sunrise to ½ hour after official sunset.

Daily creel limit of 7 trout, with no length limit.

Bait restriction – no minnows.

Each angler permitted only one rod or pole.

Wild Trout Streams

Regulations

North River and tributaries (Monroe County).

Bald River and tributaries (Monroe County).

Sycamore Creek (tributary to Tellico River in Monroe County) and tributaries.

Laurel Fork and tributaries beginning at the cable crossing ½ mile upstream from the USFS Dennis Cove Recreation Area and extending upstream (Carter County).

Beaverdam Creek and tributaries from its confluence with Birch Branch downstream to Tank Hollow Road (USFS Rd. 300) (Johnson County).

Paint Creek and tributaries from USFS campground upstream to USFS Boundary line south of Highway 70 near Munday Gap (Greene County).

Rocky Fork and tributaries upstream of Rocky Fork Rd. and State Park Entrance Rd. junction. (Greene/Unicoi Counties).

Left Prong (tributary to Hampton Creek in Carter County).

Daily creel limit of 5 trout with no length limit.

Only single-hook artificial lures are permitted. Use or possession of bait or multiple hook lures is prohibited. One single-hook artificial lure separated from a legal lure by a length of line (for example: a dropper fly) is also permitted.

Fishing permitted from ½ hour before official sunrise to ½ hour after official sunset.

Each angler permitted only one rod or pole.

All Streams in Cherokee Wildlife Management Area

Each angler permitted only one rod or pole.

Tailwater Trout

TWRA stocks fingerling and adult trout into coldwater tailwaters below dams to provide fishing opportunities. In many tailwaters trout fishing can be good year-round. Trout are stocked routinely during the following months. Use caution below dams. Call TVA at 1-800-238-2264 to check dam discharge and generation schedules.

River

Below

Trout Species

Stocking Schedule

Region 2

Duck River

Normandy Dam

rainbow

November through June*

Elk River

Tims Ford Dam

rainbow and brown

March through November

Stones River

J. Percy Priest Dam

rainbow

December through March*

Region 3

Caney Fork River

Center Hill Dam

rainbow, brown, and brook

March through December

Hiwassee River

Appalachian Dam

rainbow and brown

January through December

Obey River

Dale Hollow Dam

rainbow, brown, and brook

January through December

Ocoee River

Ocoee Dam #1—Parksville

rainbow

March and April*

Region 4

Clinch River

Norris Dam

rainbow, brown, and brook

March through September

Holston River

Cherokee Dam

rainbow and brown

November through April

S. Holston River

Fort Patrick Henry Dam

rainbow and brown

March and April

S. Holston River

S. Holston Dam

rainbow

March through September

Watauga River

Wilbur Dam

rainbow and brown

March through September

Wilbur Reservoir

Watauga Dam

rainbow

February through June

*Seasonal fishery – only productive during stocked months.

Gatlinburg Trout Fishing

TWRA and the City of Gatlinburg offer a variety of trout fishing opportunities in four streams. All streams are closed on Thursday each week and a Gatlinburg permit is required (License Information). Some areas are managed especially for children 12 and under. For more information contact the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, (800)568-4748 or the Gatlinburg trout facility at (865)436-4558.

The taking of trout using a Gatlinburg Permit is allowed only within the designated streams, designated times, and under the restrictions listed in the following paragraphs.

  • General Streams
    • West Prong Little Pigeon River from Park Boundary to Gnatty Branch except those sections set aside as Children’s Streams.
    • Dudley Creek from Park Boundary to West Prong Little Pigeon River, except those sections set aside as Children’s Streams.
    • Roaring Fork from the Park Boundary to West Prong Little Pigeon River.
    • Leconte Creek from Painter Branch to West Prong Little Pigeon River.
  • Children’s Streams(May only be fished by children 12 and under, unless otherwise posted.)
    • Leconte Creek from Painters Branch upstream to Park Boundary.
    • West Prong Little Pigeon River from 100 yards above entrance of Herbert Holt Park downstream to Gatlinburg By-pass Bridge.
    • Dudley Creek from Highway 441 Bridge to West Prong Little Pigeon River.
  • Season and Creel Limits

Fishing permitted year-round, except on Thursday, from ½ hour before official official sunrise to ½ hour after official official sunset. Fishing is permitted with one hand-held rod and single hook only.

From December 1 through March 31 (all streams):

  • Possession of any trout shall be prohibited.
  • All trout caught must be immediately returned to the water.
  • Use or possession of bait is prohibited. Use or possession of any artificial lures other than single hook artificial flies, spinners, and spoons is prohibited. The use of one dropper fly having a single hook which is separated from a legal lure by a length of line is permissible.

From April 1 through November 30:

  • General Streams: The creel limit is five (5) trout per day. Bait and artificial lures permitted.
  • Children’s Streams: The creel limit is two (2) per day.
  • Total possession limit shall not exceed twice the daily creel limit.
  • While fishing or when afield, possession of more than the daily creel limit shall be prohibited, regardless of whether the trout are fresh, stored in an ice chest, in a vehicle, or otherwise preserved.

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