East TN Fishing Trips
Welcome to River Smallie Adventures! My name is Jay Bradley. I received my Captain’s License from the United States Coast Guard. I am licensed and fully insured to guide in the state of Tennessee. Your fishing trip will take place on the rivers near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Knoxville, TN. The majority of my trips are with families who travel to East Tennessee on vacation.
Whether you’re a beginning, recreational, or professional fisherman, I am committed to providing you with an exciting and fun-filled day on the water. Although I target river smallies, you may also catch a variety of fresh water species. These include largemouth bass, white bass, hybrids, stripers, walleye, sauger, and catfish. I guide 365 days a year. I look forward to putting you on the fish!
Tight Lines … Capt. Jay
River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report March 16, 2023
Darren and his son Brian had done a little smallmouth fishing in some lakes near their home in Ohio and in West Virginia but had no experience fishing for them on rivers. In fact, Darren told me at the ramp before we blasted off that this was going to be their first...
River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report March 8, 2023
I had the pleasure of guiding Tommy and Janet from Alabama today. Unfortunately, we had to battle the dreaded cold front conditions on this trip. The high temperature had dropped from the low 70's on my scouting trip a couple of days ago to the high 50's. The Little...
River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report March 6, 2023
Did a little scouting trip with a good friend of mine (Jim) before my guide season starts in earnest. We had unseasonably warm weather over the past couple of weeks. I made the assumption that the smallmouth pre-spawn migration into the Little Pigeon River was going...
Things to do in Gatlinburg
As a frequent fishing guide in Gatlinburg, the majority of rivers we fish are a short drive from Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Smoky Mountain National Park, and the surrounding areas. If you are looking to get away from the rides, arcades, shows, and hustle and bustle of the Parkway while on vacation, planning a relaxing day of smallmouth bass fishing on an East Tennessee river might be just what you need.
River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report April 28, 2020
Another great day on the water with Greg from Knoxville! It was only a little less than a week ago when he caught a personal best of 51 smallies. The weather and water conditions were almost identical to that trip he took just six days ago. Light winds, partly sunny...
River Smallie Adventures June 19, 2018
They say that the "The Third Time is the Charm", but maybe it is the 'Fourth Time is the Charm" when it comes to down to guiding Robert for trophy smallmouth. I will get to that in a moment. I usually make mention of the generation schedule at Douglas Dam in my...
Our experience with Jay was awesome. He was truly committed to finding fish and giving me and my buddy the best day on the water possible. We caught close to 20 smallmouth on a combination of live bait and spinnerbaits and a 4 lb 6 oz stud on topwater as the sun was setting. He even gave us some great advice on some other fishing spots in the area. All I can say is that we truly had a great River Smallie Adventure.