Tennessee River Fishing Charters

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Tennessee River Fishing Charters

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Tennessee River: 14 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
Blue Ridge
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Harrison
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trips from $175
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Chattanooga
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(102 reviews)
Morganton
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Ellijay
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Blue Ridge
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trips from $325
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Ellijay
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Chattanooga
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trips from $375
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Chattanooga
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trips from $200
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Middle Valley
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trips from $250

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Tennessee River

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Tennessee River are: Full list of top fishing charters in Tennessee River

The average price for a private 4 hour Tennessee River fishing trip is $376, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $447 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Tennessee River that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Tennessee River are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Tennessee River are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Tennessee River are:

Many fishing charters in Tennessee River provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Tennessee River are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Tennessee River?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Tennessee River are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $346
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $283
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $472
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $240
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $519
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $775

Known for its legends of monster fish and record-breaking catches, the Tennessee River has captured the imagination of anglers for decades. When it comes to fishing on the Tennessee River, you’ll have your fair share of action and stories to tell for years to come!

The Tennessee River is home to some of the best Striped Bass and Catfish action. This mighty river produces the biggest specimens caught in Tennessee as well as Alabama. Other top targets include Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Rainbow Trout, Musky, and Sauger.

Many Tennessee River fishing guides offer full day as well as half day trips. Full day trips typically last up to eight hours and are excellent for covering more ground and targeting multiple species. Half days are great for families with small children looking to spend a few hours on the river while learning some of the basic techniques.

There are plenty of guides scattered along the entire river in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. There’s also a number of guides in northern Georgia that can take you up to the Tennessee River and many of its tributaries. Chattanooga, TN is a popular fishing destination with a number of launching areas. The river funnels large game fish right through town, making it an excellent spot for some urban fishing.

Rules & Regulations

If you’re older than 16, you’ll have to purchase a fishing license, regardless of the state you’re fishing in. However, Tennessee residents between the ages of 13 and 15 must obtain a youth license before heading out. Some state licenses cover all species, while others may require an additional permit. Pay attention to the local laws and if you’re not sure, ask a guide or licensing agent before wetting your line in the Tennessee River fisheries. 

Tennessee River
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 27944 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

January is a great time for targeting Blue Catfish and Musky. Just be sure to dress warmly and pick a knowledgeable guide who knows the best winter spots on the Tennessee River!

February

Catfish and Musky are still putting up a fight in February. These fish are known to tip the scale, so test your skill on light tackle and be sure to bring extra elbow grease!

March

Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass fishing starts to heat up throughout the river. Striped Bass fishing is in full swing as well. Other likely catches include Crappie and Catfish.

April

April provides some of the most pleasant conditions for fishing. The weather is perfect for a full day of fishing, so pick a guide that will take you chasing Stripers or find a hole to target Blue Catfish.

May

This is the peak season for Largemouth Bass. This is a popular time to go fishing on the Tennessee River, so be sure to book your trip well in advance.

June

Night fishing for Smallmouth Bass is known to produce record catches along the river this time of the month. Other top catches include Bluegill, Crappie, and Striped Bass.

July

As the weather starts to heat up, so do your chances of catching multiple fish. Get ready to target Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish, Striped Bass, and many other highly sought-after species.

August

August in Chattanooga is a great time to plan a family trip, combined with fishing and other fun outdoor activities. There are lots of summer events happening throughout the city, so plan your trip in advance and get ready to experience America’s “Scenic City!”

September

September is an excellent time to target Striped Bass. Other key species include Largemouth Bass, Crappie, and Rainbow Trout.

October

Check out the Bluegrass & Country Jam in Chattanooga and experience the true soul of the South. In terms of fishing, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to target Striped Bass, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, and Rainbow Trout.

November

Even as the temperatures cool, you can still head out for a productive day of fishing. Catfish, Stripers, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, and Trout are some of the species actively biting during this time of year.

December

Musky is the number one target this month. You can still go after Striped Bass, Catfish, and Trout as well, so you’ll have plenty of work cut out for you!

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Just be prepared to have the time of your life. The fishing is good and the scenery is amazing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just be prepared to have the time of your life. The fishing is good and the scenery is amazing.
Greg  R.
Greg R.
Do yourself a favor if you haven’t fished Carters Lake and hire a guide. I caught two strippers each over 36 inches plus a half dozen spotted bass on a four hour trip with Captain Len Slay on Carters Lake in October 2023
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do yourself a favor if you haven’t fished Carters Lake and hire a guide. I caught two strippers each over 36 inches plus a half dozen spotted bass on a four hour trip with Captain Len Slay on Carters Lake in October 2023
Bruce  D.
Bruce D.
The fishing was good, and choosing the morning trips was a good choice due to the hot weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing was good, and choosing the morning trips was a good choice due to the hot weather.
Courtney  B.
Courtney B. Smoke Rise, GA
Get a license and a guide, learn the spots, and how to fish them. Then you are ready to go on your own. Or buy a rod and license and learn on your own. But get fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a license and a guide, learn the spots, and how to fish them. Then you are ready to go on your own. Or buy a rod and license and learn on your own. But get fishing!
Hilary  N.
Hilary N. Collegedale, TN
Great. This year (2022) was a little on the hot (above average) side and there is always the chance of thunderstorms when that hot!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Great. This year (2022) was a little on the hot (above average) side and there is always the chance of thunderstorms when that hot!
Mark  S.
Mark S. Lawrenceville, GA
Although the fishing is really good when it's cold, I'd recommend going when temperatures are above 40°F.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Although the fishing is really good when it's cold, I'd recommend going when temperatures are above 40°F.
Gary  W.
Gary W. United States
Worth every penny to have an experienced guide. The float trip was so much nicer than just a wade trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Worth every penny to have an experienced guide. The float trip was so much nicer than just a wade trip.
Elecia  E.
Elecia E. United States
I would start with a guided outing to learn where the fish are and what the fish a biting. When you see it with your own eyes, it is different than reading about it on the internet.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I would start with a guided outing to learn where the fish are and what the fish a biting. When you see it with your own eyes, it is different than reading about it on the internet.
Frank  W.
Frank W. Gainesville, FL

North Georgia Trout Fishing
North Georgia Trout Fishing
Fishing charter in Blue Ridge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
I bought a full day trip for my husband's birthday. He loved the tour and caught 20 fish including rainbow and brown trout. Joe was a great guide!
Laura  M.
Laura M.
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
We had the best time fishing again with Len. We caught big stripers and a bass. Fun day for our family.
Stephanie  J.  M.
Stephanie J. M.
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Fishing charter in Harrison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
We had a fantastic fishing trip with captain Greg. He was very knowledgeable and even taught us some new techniques to use when we go fishing. We plan on going out again in the future with him. He is also very helpful if you need it…
Lisa  W.
Lisa W.
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Took a 4 hour morning trip with Captain Hoek on a Sunday. We fished on Lake Blue Ridge. He provided us with all the bait and equipment. All we had to bring was our fishing license, snacks, and ourselves. Looking forward to doing another trip with him in the future.
Jodie  B.
Jodie B. Newnan, Georgia
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Fishing charter in Harrison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Dr. Smith was a fantastic guide whose experience is evident from the start. His focus is on providing a great fishing memory and went above and beyond to do so. Would recommend highly.
Bill  H.
Bill H.
North Georgia Trout Fishing
North Georgia Trout Fishing
Fishing charter in Blue Ridge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
This was my first experience with North Georgia Trout Fishing Guide Service and I can absolutely say it will not be my last. Our guide, Corbin was as professional and knowledgeable as they come. He worked hard the whole trip to ensure we had a great time and catch fish. He hit the mark doing both. This truly a top notch guide service.
Greg  R.
Greg R.
Trout Talkin'
Trout Talkin'
Fishing charter in Blue Ridge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
Captain was very well prepared and knowledgeable, friendly, and put us on the fish right away. Highly recommended!
David  B.
David B.
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Captain could not have been more professional, knowledgeable, as well as engaging. Enjoyed all aspects of our charter and look forward to going again. Great for adults and children.
Robert  S.
Robert S.
North Georgia Trout Fishing
North Georgia Trout Fishing
Fishing charter in Blue Ridge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
23 degrees at the start. Caught quite a few trout. Captain was great as was the overall experience. I would highly recommend them.
Thomas  F.
Thomas F.
Trout Talkin'
Trout Talkin'
Fishing charter in Blue Ridge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
We had a terrific time, catching five different species of fish to include trout and perch, which went home for a few dinners 👍 Our guide was a local long time Angler and new his stuff 👌 We will be back again 😊
John  J.
John J.
Fish Slayer Fishing – Lake Blue Ridge
Fish Slayer Fishing – Lake Blue Ridge
Fishing charter in Morganton
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(102 reviews)
My wife and I went out at 7am and had a great time. We caught 7 or 8 bass and catfish. Beautiful lake and a great time!
William  B.
William B.
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Very professional and clearly an expert angler. Our group had a blast and we will be planning another trip with Captain Hunter!
Kevin  A.
Kevin A.
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Blue Ridge
Cap’n Hoek Fishing Adventures – Blue Ridge
Fishing charter in Blue Ridge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Captain Hunter Hoek made a day for our party of 9. He was very accommodating. He worked hard for our fish. We lost 3 of his Luers and he didn’t make it awkward. He was he made this great. blue Ridge is a beautiful lake. This guys knows the lake. We are satisfied!
Nick  S.
Nick S.
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Had a great day on the lake catching huge fish. Captain Len was knowledgeable, friendly, and hard working. Would recommend to anyone
Ian  G.
Ian G.
North Georgia Trout Fishing
North Georgia Trout Fishing
Fishing charter in Blue Ridge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(108 reviews)
Had a good time even though the bite was slow. You can’t catch what isn’t there. We came in the worst time of the season and still caught more fish than everyone around us.
David  E.
David E.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
From accommodation of our traffic tardiness to quickly putting us onto a bunch of big cats, Aaron was the consummate professional fishing guide from start to finish. He's very friendly & knowledgeable - I'd book him again.
Mark  M.
Mark M.
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Captain Sean did a great job. He’s a laid back and kind person who spent extra time working with my rookie fisherman. Highly recommend!
Dave  W.
Dave W.
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fish Slayer Fishing Guide
Fishing charter in Ellijay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
We thoroughly enjoyed our day fishing. Capt Lynn was great and got is on the fish we were after. I highly recommend.
Dave  G.
Dave G.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
This trip was everything I had hoped for when fishing for big blues on the Tennessee river. We caught some monsters and our share of smaller cats too.
Leah  B.
Leah B.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
However, if you're looking to enjoy great company and beautiful environment while catching monster bottom dwelling beasts then this is the trip for you! Aaron is knowledgeable, friendly and easy to get along with. It felt like fishing with an old friend! Not to mention that we caught 17 trophy catfish in half a day! You can't beat that! It was peaceful, serene and heart pounding excitement! If you want to catch some river monsters, book this trip!!
Angela  T.
Angela T. Dayton, Ohio