Nantahala Outfitter
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843-683-3474 (MUD-FISH)
Nantahala Lake North Carolina
Fishing Guide
Kokanee Salmon Fishing in North Carolina
Nantahala Lake Canoe & Kayak Rentals

What to Bring with you fishing on Nantahala Lake

Catch and Release Philosophy

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North Carolina Salmon

Species to Catch:
We guide for Kokanee Salmon and  Trout, Big  Bluegill,  Walleye, Jumbo Perch, Smallmouth and
 Largemouth can also be caught

Lake Nantahala Public Boat
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Lake Nantahala North Carolina - Mountain Cabins by the Lake

Misty Laurel Chalet

NC Smoky Mountain Vacation Cabins for rent on or near Lake Nantahala, Nantahala River Rafting.

Nantahala Cabins - Smoky Mountain Cabins - North Carolina : Nantahala River Lodge

North Carolina Fishing License

 $250.00 for 1/2 day
$350.00 for 3/4 day
$450.00 for All Day
4 people Max.

Prices subject to change without being posted immediately on the webpage.

843-683-3474 (MUD-FISH)

 $100.00 deposited is required for all  trips booked one week in advance or  earlier. A deposit refund can be issued no later than 48 hours of the trip.

19' Grady White powered by a 140 HP Johnzuki four stroke outboard that runs the boat to the fishing area. Once on the fish, a 36 volt electric motor takes over the trolling. This electric motor is powered by two soft solar panels which are sewn onto the bimini top and the outboard alternator through four batteries.

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Down Rigging  for Salmon

Only Lake in the South
with Kokanee Salmon

Great Perch Fishing

"Nice male and female"

Nantahala lake, Salmon Capital of the South
The only lake in the south with salmon

The Kokanee Salmon are the landlocked version of the Pacific Sockeye salmon. Stocked in Nantahala lake in the early 1960's as forage for the predator population of Walleye, Smallmouth and largemouth bass. The salmon have been naturally reproducing ever since. The average kokanee salmon is 12" across the country with a few lakes producing larger fish. Nantahala is one of those lakes. The average salmon in Nantahala is 18" with many fish over 20" . My personal best is a beautiful 3 pound 8 ounce male salmon just one ounce shy of the North Carolina state record. Kokanee Salmon are plankton eaters not predators. On the lake, the fish are usually located at or near the thermocline. I fish with two downriggers using matching Lamiglas "Kokanee Special" rods with Ambassadeur 5500 C4 reels and 8-10 pound PLine Floroclear line. As the season heats up, the thermocline drops deeper in the lake. Kokanee can be caught year round with the best fishing during the heat of the summer. Early spring offers a short window when the fish can be caught on the surface with fly and spinning tackle. In the fall when the salmon run up the river and creeks there are also light tackle opportunities. In addition to the salmon, there is a healthy population of lake run Rainbow trout locally called Steelhead and a few Brown trout. Nantahala Lake also offers Walleye, Jumbo Perch, giant Bluegill, fat smallmouth and giant Largemouth bass 8-10 pound. For the giant largemouth, you guessed it, 6'-8' lures resembling Kokanee salmon are the bait of choice. With years of fishing experience, I have mastered southern salmon. Ya'll come!

My Biggest Fish 1 Ounce Shy of the North Carolina State Record for Kokanee