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
    $300
    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
20 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 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
Hybrid Striped Bass Hybrid Striped Bass

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

GPS
Fishfinder
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
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.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

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Tri-Pontoon boat, great for comfortable fishing
Cleaning table back at docks.
Biggest Blue Catfish I\u2019ve ever caught.
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Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
94%
Catch intended fish
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Great Captain

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on November 15, 2020
Johnny did something no other guide service has ever done. Our trip was Sunday and he saw the weather report showing high winds...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 22, 2020
Wonderful day trip on Lake Tawakoni with Captain Johnny and his boat hand Cyrus! Extremely knowledgeable and well-prepared...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on April 5, 2021
Captain Johnny went out of his way to provide me with a fantastic day of fishing.  Mother Nature decided to send some big...
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Mount Pleasant, TX
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Beautiful day on the lake

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on September 6, 2020
We were so tired of being shut in after six months this. I found Captain John the Internet. You never know what you are going...
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Austin, TX
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 21, 2020
Had an amazing time with Johnny, and caught over 200 catfish in 6 hours (kept 100 for filets). Johnny is an amazing fishing...
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FAQs about Johnny's Catfish Guide Service

Johnny's Catfish Guide Service offers the following trip to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $75 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
  • Hybrid Striped Bass