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 6:00 AM
    $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.
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About the Captain

John Witt
West Tawakoni, Texas, United States
Angler's Choice
1 Fishing Report
ID & License verified
38 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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
6 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 38 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (53)
Incredible
Fishing with John
Fishing with John
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Angler Rating
28
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
94%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Julian S.
Fort Worth, Texas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day morning trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 12, 2022
Had a great time out on the water. Johnny is a cool person with great knowledge of the lake. Already looking forward to the...
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Len F.
Benton, Louisiana
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Incredible

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 13, 2022
Everything you can ask for in a fishing guide and experience. This guy is the real deal and top notch all the way!!
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Eric P.
Mesquite, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Catdishing with Captain Johhny

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on November 20, 2021
It was a bit chilly and windy but that didn’t stop us from having a great time and catching lots of fish.  Captain Johnny...
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Joe T.
Dallas, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 25, 2022
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Antonio M.
Mesquite, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 24, 2022
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FAQs about Johnny's Catfish Guide Service

Johnny's Catfish Guide Service offers the following trip to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $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)
  • Lures
  • 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
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

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