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Unique Waters in Bryson City and Swain County, N.C.

As the “Outdoor Adventure Capital of The Great Smoky Mountains”, Bryson City is the perfect destination to drop your line. Whether soaking in the scenic ambiance and quiet blue-green waters of Fontana Lake, or casting into one of the many rushing rivers or creeks, nothing beats Swain County’s fishing experiences.

The Tuckasegee River, or the “Tuck”, has a delayed harvest section for catch and release trout fishing, and has many deep pools, rocky sections, riffles and runs. Catch rainbow and brown trout all year long, or enjoy the spring runs of walleye, steelhead, and white bass. The river is also home to the biggest smallmouth bass in the region! Catch some trophy-size brown and rainbow trout in Deep Creek, or a 50-pound catfish in Fontana Lake. Due to its cold water, Fontana Lake is uniquely home to fish associated with northern lakes like walleye, white bass, and steelhead. Spring also brings fantastic fishing for crappie, bluegill, and yellow perch! 

A short distance from all of the lakes, rivers, and streams is the charming historic downtown that has multiple breweries, restaurants, and shops. Several outfitters offer guided trips and top tier advice for a perfect DIY day on the river.

Fish Tips!

Learn about what you catch. Stop by the Southern Appalachian Fly Fishing Museum, and the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium in Bryson City!

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