Fontana Guides is fully insured, licensed, and operates under a special Commercial Use Authorization from the U.S. National Park Service.
All of our boat captains hold a United States Coast Guard License as a Master of Inland Waters, 25 Gross Tons.
All of our guides/captains are Wilderness First Aid/ CPR & AED certified and trained by the American Red Cross.
We offer the opportunity of taking home the best memories of your adventures with us. Thanks to GoPro our guides always have a camera on hand at all times. At no additional charge, we will upload HD photos of your experience to our Facebook page for you to download, tag, and share with your friends!
You can purchase your fishing license online using the official North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website.
Catch & Release Only
All of our guided fishing trips are catch & release only. Due to the high volume of trips we guide each year, the only way to be fair to all of our clients and keep catch rates high is to establish this policy. Nature has its limits, and the continuation of our prolific sport fishery here in the Great Smoky Mountains will depend upon more anglers choosing to practice catch & release. It is our job to deliver you the best fishing experience possible. We have taken action to insure that occurs.
Owned & operated by an IGFA Captain, Fontana Guides is an International Game Fish Association Certified Guide Service.
We offer half day and full day guided fishing trips on scenic Fontana lake. Fontana Lake is located just outside of beautiful Bryson City, NC. This 10,230-acre finger lake is 31 miles long, 400 feet deep, and has 238 miles of shoreline. Its deep, cold waters boast one of the most diverse fisheries found anywhere in the country.
Many consider it to be one of the best smallmouth bass fishing lakes in the country. However, with a lake of such diversity, you never know what you might hook into: