Fisherman's Paradise

One of the most diverse fishing habitats in the world with four rivers, dozens of mountain streams throughout the Smoky Mountains and the deep, cold waters of Fontana Lake.

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s streams and creeks offer natural populations of brook, brown and rainbow trout while most other streams are routinely stocked, including areas of the Cherokee Indian Reservation with trophy-size trout.

Trout are also common in the county’s four rivers — the Nantahala, Oconaluftee, Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee. Two of those, the Tuck and the Little T, offer much more, including bass, crappie, walleye and the fierce muskie.

The crown jewel of Swain County fishing is Fontana Lake. Record size muskie and walleye have been pulled from its 400 foot depths. And many believe it’s one of the best smallmouth bass fishing lakes in the country.

NEW DELAYED HARVEST SECTION NC Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the designation of the requested 2.2 miles of the Tuckasegee River in Swain County as Delayed Harvest Waters beginning fall 2015. The DH Waters are from the US 19 bridge (at Darnell Farms) to the Slope Street bridge in town. Learn more

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Bryson City is one hour west of Asheville, just three hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, and two hours from Greenville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

To learn about area lodging, dining, shopping, events, activities and attractions, go to GreatSmokies.com – the Travel Guide to Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Swain County and the North Carolina Smokies: 'The Fishing Mecca of the Southeast'