With more than 2,100 miles of streams and rivers, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers terrific fishing. Find the best fishing spots with a professional guide like these!
What to Know Before You Book
- Fishing licenses are available online. Trips to Cherokee Tribal waters require a separate Tribal permit.
- Generally, a half-day fishing trip is four hours and a full-day is eight. Some guides offer five- or six-hour trips.
- Some guides provide all equipment, while others don’t. Some provide lunches on full-day trips. Ask about gear and food when you book.
Wade trips take you into the streams and rivers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Float trips get you out onto local waterways. Specialty trips take you to Cherokee Tribal trophy trout waters. Smoky Mountain Angler also offers kayaking, guided day hikes, and guided camping.
This outfitter guides anglers all over the Smokies in Tennessee and North Carolina. A wade trip or a drift boat trip includes all gear. Fly Fishing the Smokies can tailor a fishing trip for larger groups for events and parties. They offer beginners’ classes, kids’ fly fishing, camping trips, and fishing trips to special destinations including Cherokee Tribal trophy trout waters.
Take a bass boat or pontoon boat onto Douglas Lake or Cherokee Lake and fish for bass and crappie, or wade the waterways of the national park fishing for trout. Try nighttime lake fishing in summer or book a family fishing trip to include kids as young as nine. These trips take your family to mountain streams where guides teach all the basics you need to start angling.
“Smallies” are smallmouth bass--it’s fun to fish for these lively locals. River Smallie Adventures guides one to three anglers at a time and welcomes everyone from beginners (including kids) to professionals. While the specialty is smallies, you can fish for any game fish around. River Smallie Adventures offers four-, six- or eight-hour guided trips.
Guided trips include Smokies streams and the Clinch River. Love solitude? Take a full-day backcountry trip far from other anglers. Fightmaster Fly Fishing offers wade fishing in late fall and winter, at remote streams. Boat fishing trips are available including flats fishing for carp.
An expert from the Trout Zone Anglers team guides you along the Smokies’ streams or on the Caney Fork, Clinch, or Collins Rivers. Wade trips, float trips, and musky boat trips range from three to four hours for half-day outings up to eight-hour full-day trips.
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