TROUT FISHING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Licenses can be purchased by:
- Persons who possess a valid Tennessee drivers license.
- Persons who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the intent of making Tennessee their home.
- Military personnel on active duty in Tennessee and their immediate family.
- Students enrolled in a Tennessee college or university for at least six months. NOTE: Tennessee residents with a sportsman License (Type 40) or a Lifetime Sportsman License do not need any other license or permit.
- Ages 12 and under - No license or permit required.
- Military personnel on leave carrying a copy of leave orders - No license required.
- Ages 13-15 years - Gatlinburg permit, One-day (Type 99) or Three-day (Type 96) PLUS Junior Hunt, Fish and Trap License (Type 02).
- Ages 16 to 64 years - Gatlinburg Permit, One-day (Type 99) or Three-day (Type 96) PLUS Annual Trout Stamp (Type 22) and ONE Of the following : Annual Hunt and Fish Combination (Type 01), County of Residence (Type 20), and One-Day Fishing (Type 21).
- Age 65 years or older - Permanent Senior Citizen Hunt/Fish/Trap (Type 166) or Annual Senior Citizen Permit (Type 167).
NOTE: If born before March 1, 1926, no license or permit required.
In addition to state licensing requirements, a local permit is required fro residents between 13 and 64 years of age. Permits are available at City Hall, Spur Welcome Center.
GENERAL REGULATIONS (apply year-round)
- Fishing is allowed during daylight hours only, which is defined as one half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
- Fishing is permitted with one hand-held rod and a single hook only.
- All multiple hooks are prohibited.
- No one over 12 years old is allowed to fish in any Children's Stream.
- Gatlinburg streams are closed to fishing every Thursday due to stocking.
- Open Season: April 1 through November 30
- Daily creel limit is five trout per person for general streams and two trout per child on children's streams.
- Possession of more than the daily creel limit is prohibited, regardless of whether trout are fresh, stored in an ice chest in a vehicle or otherwise preserved.
- There is no size limit and any type of bait may be used.