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Guided Fishing Trips in East TN

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing Trips

Smallie fishing on the river with licensed fishing guide Jay Bradley. Book your trip today!

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Catching fish might not be as important as taking the time to enjoy the outdoors and to get away from your busy and demanding lifestyles..

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East Tennessee Fishing Adventures

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East TN Fishing Trips

I am Captain Jay Bradley. The owner and sole fishing guide of River Smallie Adventures. I received my Captain’s License from the United States Coast Guard, and I am a licensed fishing guide in the state of Tennessee. If you are looking for an enjoyable day of smallmouth bass fishing on the river in Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville or the surrounding areas, then you have come to the right place. Whether you’re a first-timer, a recreational weekend fisherman, or a professional, I’m happy to provide exciting and fun guided fishing tours to customers with any level of experience and expertise. As a professional freshwater fishing guide, my goal is to give you the best opportunity to catch smallmouth bass (smallies) in the beautiful tailrace and freestone rivers of East Tennessee. In addition to smallies, we may also fish for largemouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, striped bass, hybrid bass, walleyes, sauger, and crappies. This is your river fishing trip, so if you want to fish for something other than smallmouth bass I am more than happy to guide you for these other species of game fish.

Captain’s Report

River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report Sept. 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of taking Frank and his daughter's boyfriend Clay out for a few hours of fishing on the French Broad today. They are from central Texas and have spent the last week on vacation in Sevierville. Neither angler had caught a smallmouth before so my goal...

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I had the pleasure of guiding Tim and his 15 year old son Timmy on the French Broad today. They were on vacation in Dandridge and had fished Douglas Lake from shore in several locations but were not having any success. Tim was raised in West Tennessee and had grown up...

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River Smallie Adventures Fishing Report August 26, 2020

Hit the water today with Mike. He is in the military and has moved to Knoxville with his family to complete his master's degree at UT. Mike is an avid angler and wanted to get a feel for what the fishing opportunities are like here in East Tennessee. He wanted to...

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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.