meet the owner

Mountain Lakes Guide Service is owned by Aaron Kephart, a lifelong Murphy, NC native. We are Murphy’s premier, multi-species (striper fishing and more), trophy fishing guide service, operating on Hiwassee, Apalachia, and Chatuge lakes.

We have been in operation since 2013, and we have over 30 years of experience on our local fisheries. That knowledge and experience allows us to put people on fish when no one else can, and informs our decisions as to where we will fish and what we will fish for. In addition to catching a lot of fish, we also get to operate on some of the most beautiful lakes in the country. We often see wildlife while on the water, including eagles, great blue heron, deer, and even a few black bears. We also know a lot of the local history of the area, including before the lakes were built.

We are currently operating primarily out of a 22 foot bay boat, and we have Captain Curly (he goes by just Curly), a Boykin Spaniel, along on every trip. We especially enjoy guiding families and children, love putting people on their personal best of certain species, and can cater to any skill level. We also pride ourselves on having nothing but the best live bait and artificials on the boat, and typically catch our own before your trip. This translates into you having the absolute best shot at your target species. We hope to spend the day on the boat with you soon!