• THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING AND TOURISM 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 AND TOURISM REPORT

    THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING AND TOURISM REPORT
    Provided by Captain Jim Durham - Owner Captain Jim Fishing we 13 guides on 12 waterways - Captain Jim Marine Electronics & Captain Jim Lures with much more..

    DATE OF REPORT: May 30th, 2024

    · Latest water temperature: 76.7 ° F surface (Willow Grove Dock): May 30th, 2024

    · The lake currently has an elevation of 654.62 above sea level and rising

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

    THINKING OF MOVING TO DATE HOLLOW?

    BEST REAL ESTATE AGENTS IN THE DALE HOLLOW AREA! - EXIT ROCKY TOP REALTY - THE CROSSROADS TEAM

    Dino & Catherine Cates

    Principal Brokers - EXIT Rocky Top Realty
    508 W. Main St.
    Livingston TN 38570

    931 823 7717
    www.dinocates.com




    Since 2003, Dino and Catherine Cates have led the way as Realty experts for the Dale Hollow Lake and Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. Year after year they have been awarded many accolades as top producers for the taste of Tennessee and even the nation. They credit their success to faith and God and the hard work and dedication of Dino‘s mother who opened the Realty office in 1998. They focus on the needs of the client and work diligently to find the perfect property that suits their needs.

    As Principal Brokers for Exit Rocky Top Realty, they take their business very personal. They have a strong faith based belief as Christians prove their faith through actions and not words.

    THESE ARE PEOPLE YOU CAN TRUST!

    They take pride in listening to their clients and finding that dream property they want.

    Many clients are not aware of what it takes to get electricity, water and a road to their land. These costs in some cases can cost just as much as higher priced property that would have it all. They really want everyone to have a good experience when they buy in our area.

    As a customer and client, their honesty and friendship makes doing business with them very comforting. I highly recommend them!


    LODGING FOR DALE HOLLOW - THE VALLEY VIEW MOTEL



    Since its inception many years ago, of providing world class fishing services on the Dale Hollow, our clients have been staying at the Valley View Motel in Celina TN! Just 10 minutes to Dale Hollow! The Valley View Motel is a local landmark and a piece of vintage Celina TN history! Many of our clients also come back to fish and boat on their own and the Valley View Motel gets many repeater customers! Now under new ownership, the Valley View Motel has undergone a restoration with new exterior doors, windows and other upgrades. It looks great!

    Each individual room has two full-size beds, AC and heat, cable TV, free WIFI and is a lot of room for boat parking as well! The rooms are smoke free and pet friendly and the rooms are kept ultra clean! With three terrific restaurants within walking distance (Barbecue – Mexican – family food) and with the motel being within 5 minutes of the launch ramp into the Cumberland River, the Valley View Motel is perfectly located for you!

    The rooms rent for only $80 per night ($70.00 veteran discount), you cannot go wrong for the price. The rooms stay very busy and reservations are highly recommended!

    Call 931-243-2641 to book your Cumberland River lodging at the Valley View Motel! You will be glad you did! Tell them Captain Jim referred you!

    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 Smallmouth (and Large Mouth – KY) Bass fishing is always 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 October thru May. 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

    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 (June is booked solid), July and August – DON’T DELAY – we just have a handful left.

    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). 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 a photo of the massive Crappie we catch! Click this link to learn more: https://striperfun.com/tennessee-walleye-charters/



    FOR OTHER THINGS TO DO AT THE DALE HOLLOW WHILE YOU ARE VISITING:

    CAPTAIN JIM’S DALE HOLLOW LAKE BOAT TOURS! Welcome to Captain Jim’s Dale Hollow Lake Boat Tours! Operated by Captain Jim Durham!



    As a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine officer, United States Air Force Veteran, Coast Guard Aux Search and Rescue Patrol Coxswain and as a Volunteer Firefighter, Captain Jim Durham is the owner/founder of Captain Jim’s Dale Hollow Lake Boat Tours. Captain Jim has been boating on Dale Hollow for 59 years, since he was six years old. Captain Jim is very well known and respected by marina owners, lake and river area business owners and regional law enforcement and is certified in CPR and first aid.

    PRICING Dale Hollow Lake Boat Tours are five (5) hours long (available year around weather permitting) and start at $450.00 for 2 people, with $50.00 additional per head up to 4 customers total, plus expended fuel (some clients request more water to be covered than others – thus we top of off the fuel tank at the beginning and end of each trip and fuel cost is then paid at the end of the trip).

    We take all major credit cards!

    No alcohol (including beer) or illegal drugs (marijuana as well) whatsoever are allowed on your fishing charter by law in TN or KY. There is no bathroom on the boat, nor are there any close on the water restroom facilities. Men relieve themselves off the side of the boat and we have an emergency bucket available for the ladies. If this is a problem, please advise us now before arriving for your trip.

    We launch (at agreed upon times) on Dale Hollow from Willow Grove Marina in TN. Your trip includes a stop at your marina of choice for lunch and a rest room break (or a stop upon request) at other marinas.

    Captain Jim charters (see above photos) out of a 24-foot center console Alweld Escort Bay boat. Powered by a Mercury 150 four (4) stroke outboard, she is quiet yet extremely stable and fast to cover a lot of water! She has full Humminbird electronics (GPS and Radar), a huge 7 foot long 6 foot wide Atlantic Towers T-Top (covering customers from rain) and is heated and can be quickly enclosed for really cold or wet days. There is comfortable seating for four (4) customers!

    You will enjoy the beautiful lake scenery as your tour Dale Hollow and will see many interesting sights, both on the shore and underwater on sonar! Captain Jim provides the history of the area during the trip so you can learn about the region. It makes for a fun carefree day. Let us do the driving for you as you explore these wonderful waterways!

    You can reach Captain Jim Durham at 931-403-2501 or feel free to email us at captainjim@striperfun.com to choose a date to book your Dale Hollow Lake Boat Tour!

    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



    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!

    Summer is 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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