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Guided Fishing Trips in East TN

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East Tennessee Fishing Trips

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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. 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 that 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!

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River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report December 22, 2021

River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report December 22, 2021

I had the pleasure of taking  Jesse and his stepson Chunk smallmouth fishing on this early winter day. I shared with Jesse that the fishing continued to be slow due to the inconsistent flows at Douglas Dam. There has been one section of the river where I have been...

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River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report December 21, 2021

River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report December 21, 2021

It was another chilly day fishing for smallies on the French Broad River. The water temperature has been hovering around the fifty degree mark for the past couple of weeks. The generation schedule at Douglas Dam continues to be all over the board throughout the day...

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River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report December 20, 2021

River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report December 20, 2021

Inconsistent releases from Douglas Dam continue to make the smallmouth fishing challenging. I always shoot my customers straight on what the recent fishing trips have been like over the past several days. I let them decide at that point if they want to move forward...

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 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.

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River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report April 28, 2020

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...

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River Smallie Adventures June 19, 2018

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...

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Testimonials

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.

Lance C.