Fish Species Within the Park

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There are approximately 63 species of fish within the park. This number does not include “part-time” resident species such as carp, walleye, and sauger. These fish are found in reservoir embayments along the park’s Fontana and Chilhowee Lake borders. A complete list can be found on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website at

A composite of 3 photos showing a National Park Service Fisheries Biologist identifying a fish; a longnose dace; and a mottled sculpin.
A ranger identifies a fish for a school student (left). Two common species of fish found within park waters are the longnose dace (top right) and mottled sculpin (bottom right).

Fish photos courtesy of Greg Shafer. Ranger photo-NPS Photo.

A composite photograph of 4 fish species found within the park: smoky madtom; striped shiner; tangerine darter; and a spotfin chub.
Four non-game fish species found within the park. The smoky madtom is a federally endangered fish within the park (left). The striped shiner (top right); the tangerine darter (middle right); and the spotfin chub (bottom right).

Smoky madtom photo: courtesy of CFI.
Striped shiner photo: courtesy of Greg Shafer. Tangerine darter photo: NPS photo. Spotfin chub photo: courtesy of TR Russ.


Last updated: April 14, 2015

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