West Prong Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg:
This will be the one and only fishing journal, article or report, whatever you want
to call it, that I will do on a stream without having fished there. Well, maybe I am
forgetting about the Raven Fork inside the city of Cherokee, North Carolina. I
want to write about it in an upcoming article.
I have watched my grandchildren fish the Little Pigeon in Gatlinburg and I have
seen many grownups fish there. I have probably seen fifty trout caught by others
from the river. I have seen guides with clients catching one trout after the other in
downtown Gatlinburg but neither Angie nor I have fished the Little Pigeon River
for trout within the city limits.
The city stocks the stream with trout on Thursdays. They own their own trout
facilities. You do need a permit from the City of Gatlinburg to fish in addition to the
state license requirements. Children 12 and under do not. By the way, there are
streams that are designated as “children streams”. The West Prong Little Pigeon
River from a point to 100 yards upstream of the Herbert Holt Park Entrance
downstream to the Gatlinburg By-Pass Bridge is a designated “children only”
stream. There are other "children only" areas of the
This site provides the details: http://www.gatlinburg-tennessee.com/todo/fishing.
Permits are available at the Welcome Center located very near the stream on the
right going into Gatlinburg from Pigeon Forge on highway 441. The Little Pigeon
River flows between the split highway lanes from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg. This
area is called the "Spur" by locals and is about three miles long. The property is
officially a part of the Smoky Mountains National Park but part of it, at least, is
stocked by the City of Gatlinburg. A permit from the city of Gatlinburg is required
to fish this area of the stream.
This section of the river also has a population of smallmouth bass. The few that I
have caught in this section of the stream have been on the small side. That is
common in streams where the water borders being on the cold side for most of
the year. By that I mean not quite cold enough to support trout year-round but for
much of the year, too cold for smallmouth bass to grow very large. That situation
changes the farther downstream you go. The smallmouth get much larger as the
stream approaches Sevierville.
Copyright 2008 James Marsh