Fishing in the Smoky Mountains

Fishing in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains is a true sportsman’s paradise. Whether your bass fishing on Lake Junaluska, or trout fishing on the Pigeon River, it’s always a great time to hit the water in Haywood County.

Mountain Heritage Trout Waters

Residents and vistors will be able to purchase a 3-day, $5.00 fishing license to fish in the designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. There are no additional license requirements for fishing in Mountain Heritage Waters. This special 3-day license can be purchased at online at or by telephone Monday - Friday, 8-5 at 888-248-6834. At the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce, located on Soco Road, pick up a free tacklebox filled with 3 lures/flies and either a fly rod or a spinner rod.

Rules & Regulations

Individuals 16 and older are required to have a valid fishing license, $20 per year for North Carolina residents. Non-residents may purchase a 10-day license for $10 or an annual license for $30. Trout stamps, an additional $10, are required to fish on any state-supported streams. On the Cherokee Indian Reservation, no license is required, only a $7 daily tribal permit. For more information on rules and regulations, visit

Soco Gap Trout Ponds

Everything is supplied. No limit on the amount of fish caught. Rainbow trout available. Call for current hours and pricing.

43 Rena Drive Maggie Valley NC 28751

(828) 926-3635

Hunter Banks Company

The Hunter Banks Company is the full service fly fishing retailer of the South. Since opening in 1985, we have become the best resource for fly fishing equipment, fly fishing instruction, and fly fishing travel in the region. Our business is built on providing both the best equipment and the best service to all fly fishing anglers.

78 Waynesville Plaza Waynesville NC 28786

(828) 251-9721



Waynesville Park and Recreation Center

The faciity is 64,000 square feet and has a water play park, 1/10 mile rubber walking track, two basketball courts, weight room, aerobics room, spin cycle room, cardio area, two racquetball courts, and a game room. Outside you'll enjoy a Disc Golf Course, a walking track along Richland Creek, a Dog Park, 2 Playgrounds, Tennis Courts, and Softball Fields.

550 Vance Street Waynesville NC 28786

(828) 456-2031


Sorrell's Creek Trout Farm

Visit the Cold Mountain Trout Company's Fishing Park. Full of quality trout. No license required and no limit. Picnic areas (and grills for the fresh catch) alongside the catch-out ponds. Equipment available for rent. Reservations accepted for group events, from birthday parties and reunions to family get-togethers and church activities.

443 Sorrells Creek Road Canton NC 28716

(828) 648-9903

Ferguson's Trout Pond

Catch an unlimited number of trout (the only fish stocked in the pond). Fishing poles and equipment available. Call for current pricing and hours.

11571 Betsy's Gap Road Clyde NC 28721

(828) 627-6404

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