Bryson City NC – Four rivers, dozens of mountain streams throughout the Smoky Mountains, and Fontana and Cheoah Lakes make up the vast and diverse fishing habitat of Swain County, NC. Now 26 of these top-notch fishing locations are profiled on a new website – GreatSmokiesFishing.com – and in a companion brochure/map just produced by the Swain County Tourism Development Authority (TDA).
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s streams 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.
Cheoah Lake provides an ultra cold environment perfectly suited for trout and muskie. 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.
includes a map and profiles of 26 fishing locations in Swain County; as well as license information; marinas, public access ramps, handicapped accessible pier and ramp locations; current fishing report; fishing guides, bait shops and trout ponds; and Bryson City lodging and dining information. The website is responsive to all sizes of devices from large desktop monitors to smartphones.
According to Karen Proctor Wilmot, Executive Directory, Swain County NC Chamber of Commerce, a core group of Swain County fishing guides was instrumental in defining the project and providing information. “Fishing on our streams, rivers and lakes is an integral piece of the overall success of our tourism business and contributes a great deal to our economy so it only makes sense to give it the attention it deserves,” she said.
The brochure/map is available at area businesses and may be requested from the Chamber either by phone at 800-867-9246 or by using the form on GreatSmokiesFishing.com.