Johnny's Catfish Guide Service

Start your fishing adventure at the catfishing capital of Texas with Johnny’s Catfish Guide Service. Capt. Johnny has been fishing on Lake Tawakoni for 15 years and he knows where the fish hide. If you need a dedicated and experienced guide, you’ve come to the right place.

Capt. Johnny will meet you at Rainbow Cove Trail and take you on his 26’ JC Tritoon boat. This pontoon accommodates up to 6 guests and it’s very spacious, so there’s enough room for everyone to fish at the same time. Thanks to the flat surface of the pontoon boat, it’s easy for people in wheelchairs to move around.

You’ll mainly target Channel and Blue Catfish, which are good eating sizes and also admirable trophies. Once you find a good spot, you’ll anchor down and fish close to the aquatic vegetation. It doesn’t have to be only catfishing, as you can also target Stripers, Hybrid, and Sand Bass. You can keep the catch after the trips and the captain will clean it for you.

Your fishing equipment is fully covered. Before the trip, you need to sort out a few things – purchase your fishing license, prepare snacks and drinks, wear warm clothes, and bring a cooler where you can stash your catch.

Whatever you choose as your catch, Johnny’s Catfish Guide Service will do their best to make it a fantastic, fun-filled fishing trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $350
    This 6-hour adventure will take you exploring Lake Tawakoni, searching for different types of Catfish or Bass. The captain will easily adjust the technique based on what you want to catch. Make sure to purchase your fishing license, and bring snacks and drinks. Your fishing equipment is fully covered by the captain.

Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 59 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Catfish tried to hide, but Captain John found them!
Awesome day
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
96%
Caught fish
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Sara R.
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Great Day On The Lake!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip on April 19, 2024
We had a great time fishing with Captain Johnny! He knew exactly where to go to find the fish that were biting and was very...
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David T.
Rankin, TX
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Catfish fun with Captain Johnny

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 11, 2023
We had an absolutely AMAZING time! I can not recommend anyone better! Johnny got us on the fish quickly and they were steady...
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Cory C.
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Catfish tried to hide, but Captain John found them!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on March 20, 2024
My18 yo son and I had a great experience catching catfish with Captain John! John knew exactly where to go and when to go there...
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Erik D.
Excellent
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Johnny is a fantastic guide and guy!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on March 17, 2024
My buddy and I had a great day with Johnny, he knows the lake very well and despite tough conditions we caught a good number...
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Melissa P.
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Awesome day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on December 9, 2023
Was one of the most enjoyable trips we’ve ever taken. We’re already trying to decide when we are gonna book out next trip....
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FAQs about Johnny's Catfish Guide Service

Johnny's Catfish Guide Service offers the following trip to customers:
  • US $350 per group, additional US $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Johnny's Catfish Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with Johnny's Catfish Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Garcia, Shakespeare, Ugly Stiks )
  • Live Bait (Prepared in advance)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Johnny's Catfish Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing

Johnny's Catfish Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Johnny's Catfish Guide Service include:
  • Catfish

Meet the Captain

John Witt
West Tawakoni, Texas, United States
1 Fishing Report
ID & license verified
59 Customer reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since October 2019
Captain John is a local who dedicated his life to fishing. You can rarely meet a person with over 60 years of experience and he's one of them. 15 years ago, he decided to run fishing trips professionally and got his guiding license. The best thing about his job is seeing people's faces when they catch fish. That's the main reason he's dedicated to personalized fishing trips and he isn't interested in fishing tournaments.

About this listing

Targeted species

Catfish Catfish

Boat specs

JC TriToon (Pontoon) originally built in 1992. Powered by a 225HP Evinrude engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
7 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Garcia, Shakespeare, Ugly Stiks
Live Bait
Prepared in advance
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash

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