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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 in your area and if you’re not sure, you can always ask a guide or licensing agent before heading out on your adventure.

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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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Half day with captain Len
Preston W. fished with Fish Slayer Fishing Guide on October 16, 2020
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Don’t expect anything.just take what comes
This fishing trip made our vacation!
Elecia E. fished with North Georgia Trout Fishing on July 28, 2019
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Worth every penny to have an experienced guide. The float trip was so much nicer than just a wade trip.
Half day trip on Lake Blue Ridge
Barbara H. fished with Fish Slayer Fishing – Lake Blue Ridge on July 5, 2019
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Contact The Fish Slayer and book a morning trip.
Half day with Captain MIke
Frank W. fished with North Georgia Trout Fishing on June 25, 2019
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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.
Full day Trip with Len Slay
Len S. fished with Fish Slayer Fishing Guide on April 29, 2018
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Just trust that Captain Len Slay will find the fish for you.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Tennessee River

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Tennessee River costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $399, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $485. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Tennessee River is 18 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, North Georgia Trout Fishing, Fish Slayer Fishing – Lake Blue Ridge, and Fish Slayer Fishing Guide are some of the most popular fishing charters in Tennessee River. Full list of top fishing charters in Tennessee River.

North Georgia Trout Fishing, Fish Slayer Fishing – Lake Blue Ridge, and Fish Slayer Fishing Guide all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Tennessee River.

The best way to experience fishing in Tennessee River is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Tennessee River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Catfish, Walleye, and Bass (Striped). Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and jigging. Lake fishing and river fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Tennessee River.