By Chris Shaffer | 05/21/2014

Throughout spring and summer the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area is one of the largest tourist traps in the country. Visitors from the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast suffocate the roads, restaurants, shops and family fun zones. For those who want to avoid the crowds, great stocked trout fishing is available steps from the mini golf courses, fudge shops, $5 t-shirt stores and ice cream cones.

While known for Dollyworld, Great Smokey Mountains National Park and nightly themed shows, the greater Gatlinburg area is also popular to trout fishermen. From May through Labor Day the region’s trout streams are planted weekly with rainbow trout. Yes, weekly. And, while many of the fish stocked are yanked out within a few days there’s always more available for those willing to meander a