Fish Tales

Fish Tales (HM217M)

Location: Bryson City, NC 28713 Swain County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 31.481', W 83° 18.271'

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Rainbow and brown trout, stonerollers, hogsuckers, sculpins, river chubs, and other fish live here in the lower reaches of the Oconaluftee River. But these are just a few of over 85 species found in the Smokies. The park's streams offer multiple mixes of oxygen, temperature, flow rate, and water purity, making for diverse aquatic life. But logging before the park's creation, the introduction of nonnative species—like rainbow and brown trout—and acid precipitation have taken their toll on natives species like brook trout. Today the park's fisheries biologists strive to keep fish populations healthy and to restore native fish species to their original waters.

Some species found in park waters
Rainbow trout
Stoneroller
Mottled sculpin
Brook trout
Northern hogsucker
Rock bass
Smallmouth bass

Gaining Ground
Fishing for native brook trout was not allowed in the park for nearly 30 years. This small trout was squeezed from its historic range, and its numbers were drastically reduced because of competition from rainbow trout in lower elevations and high stream acidity from acid precipitation in higher elevations. To restore brookie numbers to their former range, biologists are removing rainbow trout from certain river stretches (above). Brook
trout
are gaining ground, so much so that now nearly all park streams are opened to brook trout fishing and harvest.

A North Carolina or Tennessee state fishing license is required to fish park waters. Before you fish ask at a visitor center for current park fishing regulations.
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HM NumberHM217M
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Placed ByGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, National Park Services, US Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 291041 N 3933673
Decimal Degrees35.52468333, -83.30451667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 31.481', W 83° 18.271'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 31' 28.86" N, 83° 18' 16.26" W
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Area Code(s)828
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-441, Bryson City NC 28713, US
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