Fishing in the Smokies

Here I shall document all the fish species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that I was able to catch, either by fishing or electroshocking. The Great Smoky Mountains has over 2,1000 miles of fishable streams, so its kind of a paradise for anglers from all around the world. Most fish documented in this blog are from electroshocking sessions rather than fishing.

Fishing the Oconoluftee River

Lucky for myself, the Oconoluftee River runs next to the Oconoluftee Visitors Center, where I was working. It was not uncommon for me to hop on my waders after or before work and fish up the river. The fish in our park are very smart so they can be very hard to catch, but oh once you do, you’ll remember that day for life.

Me in my fishing waders and equipment by the river

“Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it.”

– Harry Middleton

Fish Images

These were catched during electroshocking in Cherokee waters with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

The next school of fish were documented at Catalooche Valley, up Rough Fork trail.

The most common fish in the park are the Rainbow, Brook, and Brown trout. Rainbow and Brown Trout being invasive species, and Brook Trout is a native Smokies fish.

Chubs, darters, and minnows are also very common in the park.

The following pictures were also taken in Cataloochee Valley, up Pretty Hollow Gap Trail.

I was definitely able to see more birds than fish just because you could see a bird hundreds of feet away with my binoculars. But I cannot deny that fishing has a special feeling to it. A wave of energy when you’re finally able to catch that fish. As in the air and the land, the waters of the Smokies has a great variety of fish species, which I only saw a fragment from. Hopefully I’ll be back to see them once again.

I am holding by my face a Rainbow Trout in my hand

“We fish for hours to hold a trout for seconds”


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