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.

‚ÄčOwned & operated by an IGFA Captain, Fontana Guides is an International Game Fish Association Certified Guide Service.

Choose Your Trip





Choose a half day or full day guided trip on beautiful Fontana Lake for bass, trout, walleye, and more. All trips guided out of our 22 ft pontoon boat.

Choose a half day or full day wade & walk spinning tackle trip on the Tuckasegee or Little Tennessee Rivers for bass, trout, crappie, walleye, and more.

Choose a half day or full day float trip out of our 16ft drift boat on the Tuckasegee or Little Tennessee River. Choose fly fishing or spinning tackle for bass, trout, walleye, and more.

For the non fisherman we offer many different options for enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife of the Great Smoky Mountains. Choose one of our guided tours and/or scenic cruises by pontoon boat.


Choose a half day or full day wade & walk fly fishing trip for rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, and smallmouth bass. Many locations to choose from.

Fontana Lake Fishing
Bryson City & Cherokee Fly Fishing
Bryson City River Fishing
Bryson City Float Trips
Bryson City Sunset Cruises & Tours


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