Fishing & Boating

Fish Mountain Streams and Lakes

The Smokies are a fisherman's delight whether you prefer flat water fishing on Lake Fontana or trout fishing on one of our many mountain streams or rivers. And the trout fishing is especially good in the well-stocked Cherokee tribal waters.

A number of fishing tournaments and a children's trout derby are held each year. More info

NC License (Residents)
• Ten-day : $9
• One-year: $22
NC License (Non-residents)
• Ten-day : $20
• One-year: $38

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
NATIONAL PARK
To fish in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you must have either a valid North Carolina or Tennessee fishing license. You can purchase a basic North Carolina license at locations throughout the area.

OTHER TROUT STREAMS
If you plan to fish for trout outside the National Park or Cherokee Reservation, an additional "trout stamp" is required at a cost of $15.

Some of the trout streams are strictly catch-and-release. Information about Trout Fishing in North Carolina from NC Fish & Wildlife.

FONTANA LAKE
There are several marinas at Fontana Lake for boat rentals as well as several public boat ramps. Guide services are also available.

Fishing & Boating