• THE TENNESSEE RIVERS 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 TENNESSEE RIVERS FISHING REPORT

    THE TENNESSEE RIVERS 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 29th, 2024

    · Latest water temperature: 50.6 ° F surface Powell River - February 29th, 2024

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

    ABOUT TENNESSEE WALLEYE CHARTERS RIVER FISHING

    Captain Jim Fishing via Tennessee Walleye Charters offers winter Walleye and Sauger fishing charters on the Cumberland River in middle TN and on the Clinch, Powell and Holston rivers in Eastern TN thru Tennessee Walleye Charters thru April 1st each year! Come get your River Walleye fishing on!! Click this link to learn more: https://striperfun.com/tennessee-walleye-charters/



    TECHNIQUES

    We bottom bounce worm rigs, jig heads tipped with shad and jigging spoons for these fish. Most of the time we troll for Walleye and Sauger.

    For trolling, we only 2 lines – on out each side. We troll into current 1.3 mph – speed is crucial! The river is full of obstructions, so we use commercial brand lures instead of our handmade custom lures. We do this because in river trolling you will lose a lot of lures. We like Cabellas brand walleye lures, Bandits, Bagleys and Reef runners. In March, the Walleye and sauger move into 20 to 25 feet of water. We use 6-pound Power Pro line on counter reels and put our lures back 125 feet. The secret to success for both early season and late season walleye and sauger fishing is keeping the lure just above the bottom, deflecting off of logs for reaction strikes!

    ABOUT STRIPERFUN AND CUMBERLAND RIVER STRIPERS

    The Stripers in the Cumberland River are some of the largest “freshwater” Stripers in the world! We have clients come visit us to go after these Cumberland River monster Stripers from every State in the USA and even from several foreign countries. WE HAVE BEEN CATCHING SOME HUGE FISH!

    Cumberland River Striper fishing is different than fishing for lake Stripers which average 8 to 10 pounds. Lake Stripers are caught much more frequently on the numerous other waterways upon which we offer services (see our main page for a listing of all Striper waterways). The Cumberland River Stripers we catch, because we use large 2-to-3-pound Trout as bait, are much larger with our “smallest” fish daily generally at about 20-pounds with an average Striper of about 30-pounds a day (with a good chance at a 50-pound fish!).

    As such, we (again) do not catch nearly the numbers of Stripers on the Cumberland River (compared to the lakes). There are days (generally weather related) where we may not even hit one of these big fish. It is similar to a deer hunter in a tree stand who only wants to harvest a 14-point buck. He may not see one every day.

    Overall, we average two fish a day. But we may go for a couple of days and not hit a fish, then on the next day land five big Stripers (for example) with the smallest fish at 25 pounds! We take what the Lord gives us. However, because we “do” use such huge bait and because of the fabulous cold water bio system of the Cumberland River, our clients have a great chance to catch a true “fish of a lifetime” trophy! Which is why we again have clients come see us from all over the world.

    See below a photo of my boat:



    I personally charter out of a 2015 24-foot center console Alweld Escort Bay boat. Powered by a 2015 Mercury 150 four (4) stroke outboard, she is quiet to sneak up on big fish and fast to cover a lot of water! She has full Humminbird electronics, a Minn Kota trolling motor, a 50 Gallon Super Bait Tank, a huge 7-foot-long 6-foot-wide Atlantic Towers T-Top (covering you from rain) and is heated and can be quickly enclosed for really cold or wet days. This rig is the ultimate guide boat! She has "tons" of for moving around and fighting big fish and also has comfortable seating for the trip.

    All StriperFun Guides have similar “top of the line” equipment!

    We fish the Cumberland River in Tennessee for several reasons.

    First, the Stripers are much larger in the Cumberland River system in Tennessee. Per the Tennessee Wildlife Board, there is an average of over 15 Stripers caught annually in excess of 50 pounds and 40-pound fish are not uncommon. The smallest fish we generally catch daily is over 3 feet long! These fish mostly eat high protein Trout and big Shad and they fight the current all day, making them much heavier and stronger than “lake” fish. The TN State record is 66 pounds and was caught right where we fish!

    Tennessee allows the use of Trout as bait. Trout (known as “Striper candy!) is the ultimate Striper bait! We also use big Shad and Skip Kack Herring.

    We also cast for these big fish on our charters using Captain Jim Special lures and we offer “casting only” trips upon request for the serious anglers that want to try to fool the big monsters using artificial lures!

    Click: https://striperfun.com/product-categ...r-magic-lures/

    Catch and release only in the Cumberland River. In the cold waters of the Cumberland River, the caught fish survive very well and can be released unharmed.

    The average size bait we use is 12 inches with some up to 16 inches long (“yes” the Stripers in the Cumberland River are large enough to eat a 16-inch piece of bait!). When a big river Striper comes after a big bait, it will be tail dancing all over the surface trying to get away. Sometimes the “dance” will last half a minute (as you watch the big predator circling the prey!) until the Striper finally gets the big bait then its “Kabam”!! The rod gets yanked down and the reel is screaming!

    As I advised above, throughout the year, it is not uncommon to see 40 or 50 pound “goliath” Stripers pulled from the beautiful waters of the Cumberland River in TN. This fishing is not for the faint of heart however! These big fish hit like freight trains, making long powerful runs in the constantly flowing waters of the river! We use large rods, heavy duty reels, 50-pound test line and titanium hooks!

    Below are some photos of big Cumberland River Stripers:



    Don’t delay or you will miss out! Call us to book your Striper and Walleye adventure before all of the best dates are taken!

    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!

    HUMMINBIRD COMBO GPS AND FISH FINDER UNITS

    Captain 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 is almost 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 any 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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