Tips to Finding a Guide in the Nine Lakes- Fish, Ride, Paddle
Getting outdoors and enjoying all the amenities that the 9 Lakes Region has to offer is a buffet of choices. Fishing, Biking, and Paddling are just few of the many outdoor adventures waiting for you in the 9 Lakes Region of East Tennessee. Hiring a guide service is one of the great ways to amplify your experience.
Finding Your Guide
When it comes to fishing, ask the locals. Some of the best advice will come from the businesses around the lakes. The marinas on each of the lakes are great resources for finding a fishing guide who can lend their skills to making a memorable trip. Guides are typically specialty guides- striper, trout, and crappie, but all of the lakes yield many species of fish. A great guide will take you where the fish are. Expect to book in advance. Trips can be booked full day or half day, and the guide will provide all the gear you will need to have a successful trip. Be aware of fishing regulations (TWRA) and catch limits. Jay’s Striper Guide service is one of the guides that will fillet your catch for free if you choose to keep your catch. But also consider catch and release fishing to help preserve the excellent fisheries, and so you can keep fishing even after you catch your limit. Bring your snacks for the day and dress for the day. Mornings and evenings on the water can be cool, but the day can heat up quickly. Hats and sunglasses are always needed. A day with guide can set you up for future successful fishing experiences on your own. If you prefer fly fishing on mountain streams, the waters of the Cherokee National Forest are ideal fisheries for a day of casting.
If biking is your sport, the 9 Lakes has earned a reputation as a premier destination for road and mountain biking. Events such as the Cherohala Challenge and the USA Cycling Pro Road Championships, and the destination venues such as Windrock, are drawing bicyclists to the region. With miles of trail to ride, plan your trip for several days. Three recommended day trips include the Urban Wilderness in Knoxville, the trail systems at Norris Dam State Park and Loyston Point on Norris Lake, and the trails of the Big South Fork National Recreation Area. The websites of the local bicycle clubs are a great way to learn about the trails of the region or to join a planned ride or even a bike race. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club not only sponsors rides, but helps build trails in the region. Want to try mountain biking, but didn’t bring gear. The Appalachian Outdoor Center at Norris Dam State Park can equip you with bike gear for your outing. At the end of your ride, enjoy a meal and brew at the beer garden of the Clinch River Brewery which is co-located with the Appalachian Outdoor Center.
Whitewater or flatwater, rafting or kayaking, the 9 Lakes Region is all about choices. The Tennessee River Water Trails is an excellent guide to paddling the region, including family friendly, flatwater paddles, Guide services are available throughout the region, and can be located by contacting the local Tourism partners listed under contact us. No gear, no problem! Most guide services and marinas have kayaks, SUPs, and canoes that you can rent.