Fishing is a popular past time in Swain County. With abundant streams, rivers and lakes, there is room for everyone. Selected lakes and streams are stocked on a regular basis to ensure that anglers of all ages and skill levels have a good time.

There is a tremendous variety of fishing opportunities in Swain County. Brook and Rainbow trout can be found throughout the streams for the fly fishermen or anglers can target walleye and the rare muskie in the clear waters of Fontana Lake

Please visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resourses Commission website at for information on regulations and licencing.

Please visit the Great Smokies Fishing in Swain County website at for more local information.

Popular Species in Swain County Lakes and Streams include:

Largemouth Bass Catfish  
Brown Trout Walleye  
Rainbow Trout Channel Catfish  
Smallmouth Bass Muskie  
Lake Trout Striped Bass  
Perch Crappie  


Administration Building
101 Mitchell Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2321
Bryson City, NC 28713

Kevin King
County Manager
Phone 828-488-9273, ext. 2231
Fax 828-488-2754

Cindi C. Woodard
Clerk to the Board &
Administrative Assistant
Phone 828-488-9273, ext. 2225

Office Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday