The president’s administration said it was reviewing the licensing rules of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the Clinch River Fish Hatchery in North Carolina to see if there are any opportunities to revive the sport.
In the past, the White House has issued new licenses to fish in the national park, but it hasn’t allowed recreational fishermen to return to the lakes, rivers and streams for years.
As of Friday, the park’s fishing license process is complete, the National Park Service said in a statement.
The parks department said it would review the application for the license to determine if the licenses can be re-issued.
Trump, who has promised to take action on climate change by cutting emissions from the coal industry, said in March that the national parks should open up to recreational fishing.
“If we don’t open them up, it’s going to be very difficult to get them to open up, because they’re going to have to compete for that catch,” Trump said.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) On Friday, a spokesman for Trump’s administration told The Associated Press that the parks department is reviewing the fishing license applications of the two lakes, which the government had already closed.
“The Department of the Interior has issued fishing licenses to both lakes, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife is reviewing applications to renew those licenses,” the statement said.
“As we work to determine whether to reopen those lakes, we will make any necessary determinations.”
Trump has vowed to open national parks to recreational anglers.
He has also said he would bring back the ban on the hunting of wolves and coyotes in the Great Lakes and other areas of the country.
For decades, the lakes have hosted some of the nation’s most renowned waterfalls, including the Rocky Mountains, which were designated as national parks in 1882.
They were later designated as National Recreation Areas in 1989.