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.

Bring along a camera and binoculars, as wildlife is often spotted swimming across the lake or along the banks of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Black bear, fox, bobcats, wild boar, turkey, bald & golden eagles, ospreys, otters, and deer are among the many species of wildlife that are often seen on Fontana Lake.

Fontana Lake Fishing

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.

    Smallmouth Bass




    Largemouth Bass


    Yellow Perch


White Bass



Spotted Bass

Fontana Lake Fishing

Fontana Lake is unique in many ways, providing both great fishing and relaxation. The shoreline development has been kept to a minimum. More than 90 percent of the land around the lake is owned by either the National Park Service or the US Forest Service. Fontana’s beautiful emerald green water beneath a backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains makes it a one-of-a-kind fishing and sightseeing experience.

The fluctuating water levels of Fontana Lake can offer incredibly unique angling opportunities at the head waters of each tributary. Our pontoon boat is specialized to get you on the fish any time of year. Our guided Fontana Lake fishing trips are great for all ages and skill levels. We offer guided fishing trips in half day (4hr) or full day (8hr) formats. In addition to being kid friendly and handicap accessible, our 22 ft. pontoon boat is specialized for fishing Fontana Lake and its tributaries. There is plenty of room for fishing & relaxing. We provide all fishing gear, bait, and tackle for your trip. Bring plenty to eat & drink while out on the lake, as well as sunblock and insect repellent.

Fontana Lake


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:

Fontana Lake Pontoon Boat
Fontana Lake Fishing
Fontana Lake Wildlife
Fontana Lake Fishing

The diversity of fish species found in Fontana Lake is unmatched anywhere in the country. The uniqueness of its tributaries and their seasonal water fluctuations create an extremely rare environment. It is one of the few places you can catch warm and cold water game fish in the same body of water. We often catch bass, trout, walleye, and other species side by side

Fontana Lake Fishing


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