A Fisherman's Paradise

Bryson City and Swain County is considered 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. Here's some of what anglers can expect to see and catch when staying at Native Winds.


Anglers visiting Native Winds have access to a variety of fishing opportunities. Species native to the area include: Bluegill, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Carp, Catfish, Crappie, Kentucky Spotted Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Muskie, Palomino Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead, Walleye, White Bass, and Yellow Perch.


This Swain County map by shows more than two dozen recommended places to catch fish around Native Winds Cabin – including Bryson City, trout streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, public and private streams, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, Cheoah Lake, and Fontana Lake.


If you are looking for an experienced guide to help you reel in that big fish, here are a few of our recommendations:


Depending on where and what you will be fishing for, there are likely regulations associated with it. You can purchase a basic NC resident license – or a non-resident license – for a period of ten days or one year. Additional licensing and/or permits are needed for hatchery-supported waters and for fishing in Cherokee Reservation waters.

For details on the type of license/permit you need and where to purchase,, we recommend visiting www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing.aspx or Bryson City/Swain County's local fishing website: www.greatsmokiesfishing.com/regulations.html

In addition to purchasing one online, you can obtain a Fishing license at these Bryson City area businesses: