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Fishing Guide Service Available for Southeastern Tennessee (Tellico Unit) and Southwestern North Carolina (Nantahala Game Lands - Tusquitee Ranger District, Cherokee County).

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Fishing in Tennessee:

Trout fishing in the Tellico River (Monroe County) in Tennessee. There are many miles of wild trout streams in the area aruond the Tellico River, North River, and the Bald River regions. Also, of interest, is the "Annual Trout Fishing Tournament" which is held here every year. Artificial lures with single hooks are required on these streams and rivers while fishing for native trout.

The TWRA will begin stocking the Tellico River with rainbow trout in March and ends around August 30. Average size for stocked rainbows is about 12 inches although some may be larger. The TWRA will occasionally stock some brown trout in addition to the rainbows. Native southern brook trout is also found in the Tellico River as well as the feeder streams (Sycamore Creek, Bald River, and North River.

Top trout fishing months for the Tellico River, Bald River, North River and Sycamore Creek are March, April, and May. This area is heavily fished until just after the July 4th weekend with fishing tapering off. Water temperature varies considerable throughout the year. Temperature can vary from 32 degrees in the winter to 78 degrees in summer with an average yearly temperature of about 57 degrees.

Richard's Trout

There is no fishing allowed on Thursdays and Fridays. A daily permit is required throughtout most of the season. Permit not required for trout during the winter months. Basic fishing license is required. Please refer to Tennessee Fishing Regulations Digest for detailed license and regulations information or call East Tennessee (Region IV) at 1 (800) 332-0900.

For more information on trout fishing in the Cherokee Managed Area see: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Trout Fishing Regulations

For more information on fishing in Tennessee see: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency


Fishing in North Carolina

Mountain trout fishing species include excellent brook, brown and rainbow trout. These species are usually found only in mountain streams and lakes and are designated as public wild trout waters. Trout population in these waters are supported by natural reproduction rather than stocked. The area we fish is located in the Nantahala National Forest in Cherokee County, NC. Streams include Shuler's Creek, Davis Creek, and Kirkland Creek.

If you would like to see a map of the NC fishing area please see Map

There is no closed season on wild trout fishing in NC.

Tackle, food and bait not included. Information on required licenses available upon request.

Recreational Opportunities on Federal Land - Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee Co., NC

For more information on fishing in North Carolina please contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, 512 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27604-1188, telephone (919) 733-2241 or click on this link to their homepage. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Recreation on the Cherokee National Forest - Hiking, Water Recreation, Camping, etc.

Nantahala National Forest Map - Shows camping, hiking, ORV areas, fishing

BOOKING FEE/RESERVATIONS: We require a 50% initial deposit to book. The final 50% is due upon arrival. Money orders, cashiers checks or cash are accepted for final payment. We cannot accept personal checks at any time.  All money paid is non-refundable. Refunds will not be made on early departures. Reservations for fishing guide service are required in order that specific dates be set aside for your particular group. This helps our scheduling process and allows us to give you the individual quality service that you deserve. Cancellations or early departures can be rescheduled for another date or another date.

Daily fishing trip - $50/person/day

Fishing equipment, tackle, lures, bait or food not supplied.

Cherokee Guide Service is NOT responsible for accidents or personal injuries

We require that you advise approximate date/time you expect to arrive as well as the dates that you will be hunting. Bald River Falls

"Bald River Falls - Tellico Plains, TN"

Reservations for guide service are required in order that specific dates be set aside for your particular group. This helps our scheduling process and allows us to give you the individual quality service that you deserve.

There are local cabin rentals in the area. We can furnish you a list of cabin rentals, some of which are open all year, some have a closed season during the winter. Reservations and a deposit are usually required in advance.

Weather Links

The Knoxville Sentinel Newspaper's Weather Page - Extended Forecast for SE TN area

A signed liability waiver is required from all participants.

Cherokee Guide Service
130 Payne Mountain Road
Tellico Plains, TN 37385
(423) 261-2747



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