smallmouth bass river guide trip

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Guide Trips

Guided smallmouth bass trips are one of the most popular trips requested in Asheville, NC. Float down the French Broad, Nolichucky, Tuckasegee or North Toe river with a professional guide, while casting flies or lures for hungry smallmouth!

Techniques Used

The beauty of the bronze back fish, and the power they offer is sought after by anglers from all over the world. Fly fishing and spin fishing is the best approach for catching smallmouth bass.  Medium-light to medium-heavy tackle is commonly used when spin fishing on these trips due to the size of the fish.

Be prepared to cast flashy flies, hair jigs, soft plastics, and crankbaits for trophy smallmouth bass.  March through May and October through the end of December are generally the best months for larger sized fish, with the summer months being great for quantities and big fish in the mix!

Best Time To Catch Western North Carolina Smallmouth

The best time of year for smallmouth bass fishing in Asheville is from March through December.

SPRING: Catch trophy smallies during the prespawn run from the first two weeks in March through the first 3 weeks in April. Spring smallmouth action is one of the best times to catch your trophy.

SUMMER: During the summer months smallmouth can be caught all day with fish weighing from 1-5lbs.

FALL/WINTER: Fall and winter is also great time of the year to fish for smallmouth bass. During October through December smallmouth can be found chasing shad and feeding on crawfish. Our clients love this time of the year to hunt for trophy fishsmallmouth river tactics.

About Our Guided Trips

Be sure to contact us in advance to book your trip during these trophy months. All of our guides at Southern Appalachian Anglers are licensed and certified and uphold a level of professionalism that we can guarantee.

Our team of fishing guides will assist you in every way possible to make your smallmouth bass fishing trip most memorable. Float trips are the best for targeting smallmouth, due to the length of water that we cover while floating down the river. Catching 20 to 40 smallmouth in one trip is not uncommon!

Call us today or contact us online to book your trip to catch your next trophy smallmouth! Ask about our group float trips and our wade trips for booking groups over 2 anglers.

Full-day Float Trip: $475

  • Float 6-10 miles of river w/ a professional guide
  • 7-8 Hours – includes lunch | 1-2 people
  • All equipment included

Half-day Float Trip: $375

  • Float 4-6 miles of river with a professional guide
  • 4 Hours – includes snacks/drinks | 1-2 people
  • All equipment included