View Full Version : Delayed Harvest In the "burg"

11-03-2006, 11:21 PM
Will there be a delayed harvest in Gatlinburg this winter. If so what is the time frame. Has anyone fished in prior years. What can one expect. Any secrets for success. Additionally there was some talk about a Townsend event this winter to encorage tourisum. Any details ???? What going on with that????

Paula Begley
11-04-2006, 08:41 AM

The delayed harvest in Gatlinburg begins December 1 and runs through March 31. There are some really great fish stocked. I am sure that some of the others who have fished during this time in prior years can give you some tips.

As to the delayed harvest in Townsend, that is just a topic that is under discussion. Let's all hope we get one someday!


11-04-2006, 11:23 AM
They usually put some brood stock in the winter and a some are bonafide pigs - problems is that there is some poaching...but if your in G-burg on vacation or if the tailwaters are blown, or just have an itchn' for stress free fishn' - its worth wetting a line in the winter time. You'll usually find fish stacked up in holes like under bridges leading to hotels, the run below the aquarium to the mexican restaurant, the Christus Pond - the hole there infront of Christus Gardens. and upstream and so on... a larger pheasant tail seems to work as well as anything...
Though I haven't fished the spur, supposedly thats all stocked and even though its between the major thoroughfare for Gburg and Pigeon Forge, least its tree lined and you feel a little less urban than staring at concrete and becoming apart of the tourist attraction as you would in town...

11-04-2006, 07:39 PM
How often do thy stock. Once a season, once a month, once a week? What fish species, rainbows?? Are there any special rules or permits needed to fish in the city during this period.

11-04-2006, 11:02 PM
I know that during non DH, its stocked every thursday - not so sure about the actual DH time frame...and even though DH is catch and release only and can't keep any fish you still have to get the Gatlingburg permit...its still all rainbows through out the year...I found the followin on the TWRA web site about Gburg DH :

1) From December 1 through March 31:

* Possession of any trout shall be prohibited.
* All trout caught must be immediately returned to the water.
* Use or possession of bait is prohibited. Use or possession of any artificial lures other than single hook artificial flies, spinners, and spoons is prohibited. The use of one dropper fly having a single hook which is separated from a legal lure by a length of line is permissible.