• THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING REPORT

    StriperFun and Tennessee Walleye Charters
    (931) 403-2501 http://www.striperfun.com captainjim@striperfun.com
  • Specializing in "Trophy" fishing as the owner of StriperFun Fishing Guide Service in KY and TN and TN Walleye Charters, Captain Jim Durham is a licensed guide who has fished the Cumberland Plateau and KY and TN year round for over 50 years. Captain Jim is a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain and is the creator of the “Striper Fish like a Pro” instructional DVD series as well as his own line of fishing lures.

  • THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING REPORT

    THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING REPORT

    Provided by Captain Jim Durham - Owner Captain Jim Fishing we 16 guides on 13 waterways - Superbaittanks.com, Captain Jim Marine Electronics & Captain Jim Lures with much more..

    DATE OF REPORT: February 20th, 2024

    · Latest water temperature: 48.6 ° F surface (Willow Grove Dock): February 20th, 2024

    · The lake currently has an elevation of 644.50 above sea level and rising

    Greetings to my readers! I hope that the world finds you and your family doing well!

    ABOUT TENNESSEE WALLEYE, MUSKIE, CRAPPIE AND BASS CHARTERS

    Tennessee Walleye Charters offers fishing for Walleye, Musky, Bass and Crappie on Dale Hollow Lake! Dale Hollow Lake is located on the Kentucky / Tennessee border. Dale Hollow is a deep cold-water lake that is known for the world record Smallmouth Bass. A little-known secret is that Dale Hollow Lake also has a huge population of Walleye and Crappie as well as a few huge Musky!

    Our Walleye and Crappie guide Jeff Brown has 30-years experience on the Walleye and Crappie and as the owner I do the Musky charters. Our Bass guides have many years of experience as well!

    BASS FISHING

    The great Small mouth (and Large Mouth – KY) Bass fishing is already in full swing!
    Captain Jim Fishing Charters offers Bass fishing on Dale Hollow year-round! We offer two styles of Bass fishing for our customers:

    For clients interested in artificial lure fishing, we offer "running and gunning" Bass tournament style casting of lures with "hands on" instructional training. This is limited to two customers (plus the Captain) per boat. These trips are very popular for clients wanting to learn fishing with lures!

    For clients interested in live bait fishing, we offer “live bait” Bass fishing December thru April for huge Smallmouth! This “drift fishing” rock banks with light line fishing with live Shad is an “ultra productive” way to catch monster Smallmouth! These trips are up to four customers (plus the Captain) per boat. Our customers love it!



    Click this link to learn more: https://striperfun.com/bass-fishing-...-cumberland-2/

    MUSKIE FISHING

    The Musky fishing is offered year-round. Winter and early Spring is a great time to catch a huge Muskie!

    Tennessee’ Walleye Charters offers Muskie charters on Dale Hollow. Muskie are a very elusive fish, known as the fish of 10,000 casts. And although they are not caught as often as Walleye on Dale Hollow, they are an extremely cherished and revered trophy fish! Dale Hollow holds the record for the most Muskie caught over 50 inches, held by my dear friend EC Reagan who recently passed away. I am blessed that he shared with me his techniques, lures and honey holes. Since the Muskie in Dale Hollow have to be 50 inches long just to keep one, this keeps the population of huge fish healthy and protected

    I have attached a link to a recent Musky trip video that will give you an idea of how we fish these beautiful fish. https://youtu.be/iIUURL03Rz4

    See below some of the big Musky our clients have caught in Dale Hollow:



    Click this link to learn more: https://striperfun.com/tennessee-walleye-charters/

    WALLEYE FISHING

    We are the only Dale Hollow Lake charter company that specializes at night Walleye fishing.


    The Walleye fishing begins in April through the spring and summer until the end of October. We mostly troll or fish under the lights at night but also provide bottom bouncing worm trips during the days beginning in June until the end of the season.

    We are currently booking April and May under the lights night trips – DON’T DELAY – we just have a handful left. Check out last years April and May photos!



    We also June thru September troll homemade crank baits around the full moon (3 days before the full moon – the full moon night and 3 days after the full moon). 2024 is almost booked up – I have 1 day in August and 2 days left in September for this full moon night fishing – don’t wait to get your 2025 dates booked. THESE FULL MOON TROLLING TRIPS ARE ULTRA POPULAR AND BOOK UP SOMETIMES UP TO A YEAR IN ADVANCE.

    We are also “smoke them” doing spoon jigging trips and night crawler worm harness day trips June thru September!

    Click this link to learn more: https://striperfun.com/tennessee-walleye-charters/

    THE CRAPPIE RUN IS JUNE AND JULY Enjoy some photos of the massive Crappie we catch!

    Click this link to learn more: https://striperfun.com/tennessee-walleye-charters/



    WILLOW GROVE RESORT LODGING

    Willow Grove Resort Marina is the “crown jewel” of Dale Hollow! It is a family run enterprise run by owner Mickey Ledbetter. You can always count on Mickey (and wife Lori and kids Blake and Shaela) as well his crew for the very best top-notch boat service, slip rental service and the food is fantastic! There ship store is “huge” with great pricing on everything. Weekend during the summer they have live music and it is simply terrific! And their annual fireworks display is the largest and best on Dale Hollow!



    As a professional fishing guide who has boated and fished on Dale Hollow Lake for over 50 years, I always want to make sure my customers are taken care. For super nice cabin accommodations on Dale Hollow, I always recommend Willow Grove Resort!

    Imagine waking up overlooking one of the largest and most scenic lakes in the Eastern United States. Dale hollow is truly paradise! It has over 620 miles of shoreline (average depth 80 feet) with over 27,000 plus acres of crystal-clear water

    Willow Grove Resort Marina offers spacious lodging in a variety of cabin settings right on Dale Hollow Lake with great lake views!

    All Willow Grove Resort lodging rentals have cable TV, microwave, small refrigerator and coffee maker as well as year-round heat and air to keep you comfortable. They pride themselves on the cleanliness of their rooms!

    To book a Cabin, call 931-823-6616

    WE SUPPORT THE VETERANS!

    As a former United States Air Force Airman - military veteran and as a current U.S. Merchant Marine Captain and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol Coxswain (Captain), as well as Captain of my local Volunteer Fire Department, I understand the great importance that our brave service men and women and first responders play in our society. Their service is why you speak English, can vote and can enjoy the freedom that you do!

    We also cannot forget the duty and service provided by our Policemen, Fish and Wildlife Officers and Firemen.

    CAPTAIN JIM FISHING OFFERS A 10% DISCOUNT on all charters to currently active Policemen, Fish and Wildlife Officers and Firemen as well as to all active military AND retired military veterans (with proper verification ID provided by the person booking the trip).

    This is our way of saying “THANKS” to these important men and women for your service.

    Hydro Glow Lights If you want to jig at night yourself. we sell great Hydro Glow lights! You can order these great products at the very best prices by calling Captain Jim Fishing at 931-403-2501 or at: https://www.striperfun.com/product-category/hydro-glow/

    The majority of our clients, once they initially come fishing with us will then book with us again and again because of our tremendous success. We hope to see you soon!

    A FEW RECENT CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

    Said Daryl Bolton a long time Tennessee Walleye Charters customer:

    “I have had the pleasure of fishing with Tennessee Walleye Charters over the years on many occasions and have always found the guide service to be ultra professional and courteous as well as super accommodating to my group. Their knowledge of fishing a “tough to learn lake” like Dale Hollow, as well how they locate and catch big Walleye both day and night is simply unsurpassed. I tried other Walleye guides on Dale Hollow that are limited to only trolling during the day and made big claims of success. I ended up very disappointed. Once I fished with Tennessee Walleye Charters, it was evident I had found the right people to take me and my friends fishing on Dale Hollow. We come many times a year and will continue to do so!”

    Said Bill Burke another frequent visiting client of Tennessee Walleye Charters:

    “I love fishing Dale Hollow with Captain Jim’s guides! Who needs a fish finder when you have guides like this to put you on the big Walleyes!”

    Your cleaning of the fish is included (tips appreciated). These Dale Hollow fishing trips are fantastic!

    HUMMINBIRD COMBO GPS AND FISH FINDER UNITS

    C
    aptain Jim is your low-price on-line leader to purchase all Humminbird Mega Imaging Fishfinders! Call me at 931-403-2501 to order!

    All StriperFun Captains use Humminbird Side and Down Imaging units. Humminbird Fish Finder / GPS units are simply the best on the market! When you have to depend on your marine electronics to navigate safely at night and in the fog, as well as help you find fish, it is one of your most valuable tools!

    My Humminbird HD unit is simply great! When trolling artificial lures or live bait, I just don’t troll “hoping” to run in to a school of fish. I am scanning up to 240 feet per each side of the boat, looking for schools of bait and fish. When I see them (example: 3 o’clock to the starboard or 9 o’clock to port!), I can then “turn” my boat towards the schools of bait and fish to “get in to the strike zone”. My new Helix 12 Humminbird finder is really delivering for me! These huge Stripers act like Largemouth in the river, stacking up and hiding behind cover in the current to “swoop” out and hit the Trout! This new side scan technology can make the difference on a slow day, helping me spot the patterns!

    Once arriving on the schools of bait and fish, I can switch over to the “Down Imaging”, “Quadrabeam Plus” or “Switch Fire” sonar systems to let me see with great clarity (each technology providing a different yet important view!) exactly where the fish are and how they are orientating.

    Why troll “blind” when you can scan surrounding water to see where the “big ones” are!!

    It makes all the difference in the world, turning a slow fishing day into a great catching day!My Humminbird Fish Finder is a guide’s best friend. As a Field Staff member of Johnson Outdoors, I strongly recommend this product to any open water fishermen. To be successful, you need to learn to use your marine electronics. If you are looking for new marine electronics, feel free to call me and I can make some solid suggestions on HUMMINBIRD COMBO GPS AND FISH FINDER UNITS.

    MINN KOTA TROLLING MOTORS FROM JOHNSON OUTDOORS

    Captain Jim is your low-price on-line leader to purchase all Minn Kota model trolling motors! Call me at 931-403-2501 to order!

    I only use the Minn Kota “Rip Tide” trolling motors from Johnson Marine and so should you! As a professional fishing charter Captain, my livelihood depends on my trolling motor working every time – every day! For 15 years I have used Minn Kota trolling motors and my “Rip Tide” trolling motor never lets me down!

    With “cool” features like the hands free “Auto Pilot and “I” Pilot functions, I can set my motor to go a specific direction and turn my back to deploy lines and have full confidence it will stay on course no matter the weather conditions!

    For using a “drop shot” on the fish, once I locate a nice an active school I simply push a button on “I” Pilot functions control and it “electronically anchors me” directly over the fish. If the winds blow me off the spot, the “I” Pilot brings me right back and again “electronically anchors” me back over the fish.

    Man, is that cool or what? I would never consider using anything else but a Minn Kota trolling motor!

    GIVE THE BEST GIFT OF ALL, A FISHING TRIP WITH TENNESSEE WALLEYE CHARTERS!

    The gift of a weekend package deal (or even a one-day fishing trip) with Tennessee Walleye Charters makes a great Christmas or birthday present for Dad, a brother or for the family and kids, or can make a great bonus for an employee or a promotion for a customer! We fish year- round and our trips are very popular and our booking dates fill up fast!

    Fishing is family friendly and wholesome. So, if you are interested in giving the perfect gift to that special someone, order a fishing gift certificate today!

    Call me at 931-403-2501 or email me at: captainjim@striperfun.com

    Do not be afraid however to call last minute if you want a trip as we have numerous guides and can accommodate your schedule!

    If you have any other ideas, techniques or subjects you want me to write about, drop me a line!

    I am many times asked “What are the advantages to hiring a guide”? In essence, you hire a guide to utilize the guide’s many years of experience and lake knowledge, to learn new tactics and techniques to increase your chance of “landing the big one”. Guides use top of the line equipment and the freshest live bait. Also, if you cannot afford your own boat, it is a very cost-effective way for you or your group to fish (cost per fisherman). Even professional fishermen hire guides to learn a lake and new techniques!

    Spring here. Dawn rolls around a little earlier each morning and “Twilight” now rolls around just a little later each night.
    It is great to be alive and be a “free” American! I look forward to seeing all of you this year on the water.

    Count your blessings each day and live “in the moment”, not in the future and always remember to stop and shake the hand of a person in uniform or wearing garb that shows they are a veteran! Their service is why you speak English, can vote and can enjoy the freedoms you do!

    Remember also to always obey all TN fishing regulations while on Dale Hollow or any or Tennessee waterway. Following the rules is a must! It is important that we all be good stewards of our fishing resources.

    Until next time, blue skies and tight lines!

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    Specializing in "Trophy" Striper Fishing, Captain Jim Durham is a Kentucky and Tennessee State licensed guide who has fished Dale Hollow, Lake Cumberland and the Cumberland River year-round for most of his adult life. As a former B.A.S.S. tournament circuit fisherman, Captain Jim is also a Search and Rescue Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as a Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain and Captain of his local Fire Department.
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