The Trout Season Starts October 15th and Runs Until June 30th.

Welcome to Noccalula Falls and Black Creek in Gadsden, the new home of fly-fishing for Rainbow Trout in Alabama! Black Creek runs through Noccalula Falls Park, which is owned by the City of Gadsden, and is located within three miles of downtown Gadsden.

With hotels, restaurants, shopping, and other area attractions close by, everything you need for a fun, fulfilling, and action-packed trout adventure is yours to enjoy.



Fishing at Noccalula Falls Park

The City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Department, along with partners from the Rainbow City Fly Fishing Club, Greater Gadsden Area Tourism, and State Representative B. Craig Lipscomb have worked to make trout fishing available in Black Creek at Noccalula Falls Park.
The goal is to give anglers a beautiful scenic setting to fish for Rainbow Trout in North Alabama.

This group works each year to make improvements on the project, and give a better experience each year. Your feedback is greatly appreciated each season.

A State of Alabama fishing license and a special trout permit from the City of Gadsden are needed to fish for trout in Black Creek (within the park boundary).

The stocking of trout will be done twice per year and fishing will be allowed roughly November through June (dates subject to change based on weather). This is a Delayed Harvest stream, the Delayed Harvest season changes each year and dates are posted on the website, as well as at the park.



  • To fish for Trout on Black Creek within the confines of city-owned Noccalula Falls Park, you must purchase and possess on your person while fishing, a Trout Permit from the City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Department.
  • A State of Alabama fishing license is required as well while fishing for any species of fish on Black Creek and must be provided to purchase a Trout Permit from the City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Department.
  • State of Alabama fishing licenses may be purchased online or locally at Academy Sports and Outdoors and at the Coosa Landing Bait Shop.
  • Plastic permit holders with clips are available to purchase for 1$.
  • Fly rods ONLY, One pole and line per angler.
  • Artificial Lures only. Barbless hooks only
  • Catch and Release until April 30th. After April 30th, the daily trout limit is 5.
  • Fishing Hours from dawn to dusk daily.
  • Please Pack your trash out and help keep our stream clean.




Online Permit

Trout fishing is permitted during the dates Oct. 15 – June 30 A valid State of Alabama Fishing License is a separate and extra cost and must be current for each fisherperson to complete registration.

Alabama State fishing licenses can be purchased online at HERE or at the Coosa Landing Bait Shop. Trout Permits can also be purchased at the Kiwanis Pavilion office.

The Trout Permits need to be easily accessible at all times when you are fishing in Black Creek. Trout Permits can be checked at any time when requested by staff or a volunteer.

Fishing will be allowed between dawn and dusk each day from October 15 – June 30. This is a catch and release program until April 30th. Only fly fishing rods can be used, no spinning rods. Only use artificial flies, no crankbait, no bass lures or anything similar, no live bait, and no food bait. Fishing hooks must be debarbed and cannot be a multi-hook lure.

We ask everyone to respect the trout, fishermen/women, and others using the gorge while fishing. NO WADING in the water while fishing. Please leave no trash behind.



Local Links


City of Gadsden


The Gadsden Times


City of Gadsden