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WNC's premier trophy smallmouth and striped bass guide service




Come spend a day on the water with the fishing guide service that the locals choose! We offer guided fishing trips of a lifetime on our incredibly beautiful mountain lakes, where you will have opportunities for multiple species and make memories you will never forget. We offer top notch equipment, the most knowledgeable and professional local fishing guides, and pride ourselves on our reputation.

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about our trips

A typical guided fishing trip is 4 to 6 hours, although we have more options if you prefer. We do our best to meet you at a reasonable and convenient boat launch or secondary location, depending on which body of water we will be fishing and where you are staying. We provide all bait, tackle, etc., although you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you prefer. You show up and we take care of the rest!


Lake Hiwassee

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Lake Apalachia

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Lake Chatuge

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Lake Nottely

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how it works

step 1

Call to book a date

step 2

We plan the trip of your dreams

step 3

Catch fish!

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why us

Mountain Lakes Guide Service has more experience on our local bodies of water than any other fishing guide service in the area. In fact, we have over 30 years of local experience, and we have been guiding since 2013.

We are THE fishing guide service that the local tackle shops and marinas recommend, and have acquired our reputation through our professionalism, courtesy towards property owners and other fishermen, work we have done towards conservation of our fisheries (we have participated in multiple studies for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission), and our recognition of the fact that we are stewards of a truly special resource.

Most importantly, we have an amazing track record of success, with hundreds of clients catching their personal best smallmouth, striper, walleye, and multiple other species. We also have the ability to accommodate literally anyone, from a first time fisherman to a world class angler.


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