Copyright 2019 James Marsh
Fontana Lake, North Carolina
03/18/19 Fishing Report for Fontana Lake (Reservoir) North Carolina:
(See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
Walleye are being caught on a regular basis. Smallmouth bass fishing is good most
days there is current and that the wind blows. Largemouth and Spotted Bass is also
good now. Both Brown and Rainbow trout are being caught on both artifical bait using
conventional tackle and flies using fly gear.  


Description of the Lake:
Fontana is a deep clear lake that adjoins the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on
one side. It has over 230 miles of scenic shoreline, It has a large variety of fish
species. There are public boat launches on the south side of the lake and a limited
amount of shoreline fishing opportunity. The 11,700-acre reservoir, located in the
western part of the state, has a very large variety of camping and lodging choices.
Boat rentals are available for varied types of boats. The lake has a lot of creek
channels, coves, ledges and humps that hold fish. There are both deep and shallow
areas, depending on the part of the lake you fish. John boats, canoes, kayaks, bass
boat and pontoon boats are used by anglers.

Species:
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Walleye
Bluegill
Yellow Perch
Black Crappie
Steelhead
Muskie
Rainbow Trout
Brown Trout

Seasons:
T
he fishing season is year-round.
Spring:
Late spring is a good time for bluegill and sunfish, prime time for crappie, a good time
for bass and walleye.
Summer:
This is a good time for bluegill and sunfish, as well as all bass.
Fall:
Fall it a great time for wayelle,saugar spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass as well
as crappie. Other species can also be caught.
Winter:
Winter months are the best times for walleye, saugar, largemouth, smallmouth and
spotted bass.

Lake Level: Fontana Lake

Weather: Bryson City

Recommended Lures and Bait : Perfect Lures
Bass

Bluegill/Shellcrackers:

Crappie:

Wayelle

Muskie






























Fly Fishing - Recommended Flies For :
Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass - Minnows, Crayfish

Bluegill/Shellcrackers - Minnows, Nymphs, Terrestrials

Trout - Flies
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Recommended Fly FishingTackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 3  to 8 weight, depending on species
Leaders:
Leaders for Bass
Leaders for panfish
Best Fly Rods: 3 weight to 8 weight depending on
species:
Journeyman, Maser, Pro, Pemiere
Fly Reels: For 3 to 8 weight fly line-
Journeyman, SR Reel, Redington
Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report Archives:
Coming soon
Recommended Tackle & Gear
Line:
Braided & Mono, 4# test to #25 test, depending
on the species of fish
Spinning Rods:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Casting Rods
Light to heavy Rod, depending on species of fish
Spinning Reels:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Spinning rods:
Light to heavy depending on species of fish
Misc. Items:
Tackle Boxes
Landing Nets
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
Options For Selecting Lures and Bait:
1. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.