Each year, approximately 800,000 park visitors fish for brook, brown or rainbow trout in the park's 2,900 miles of streams. We invite anglers to use our Angler Creel Survey form to tell us about your experience while fishing in the park. An angler creel survey is a record of a single day's fishing effort, providing details on what an angler caught, released and how much time was spent fishing. The purpose of this survey is to provide information on the numbers and sizes of fish caught and harvested in Great Smoky Mountain National Park streams. The results will be used to help park biologists determine angler use patterns, catch and harvest rates, and seasonal patterns. This information will also be provided to the public via annual creel reports.
Whether you just caught a few or caught a bunch, please take a minute to fill out a creel survey and let us know about your trip. If you fish more than one stream in a day, please submit one survey for each stream fished.
Instructions on How to Fill Out an Angler Creel Survey:
- Anglers should fill out a survey once they return from their trip.
- One survey should be completed per person for each day fished. For example, if you fished for three hours after work, you would fill out one survey for that day. If you fished in the morning and then again in the evening of the same day, you would fill out one survey totaling the hours you fished that day. If you go on a backcountry trip and fish for 4 days, then you would fill out four separate surveys for each day you fished. If you fished more than one stream in a day, please submit one survey for each stream fished.
Fill out the Angler Creel Survey now!