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Tennessee Fishing Charters

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Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(191 reviews)
Rutledge
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trips from $300

Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter – 24'

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(44 reviews)
Rutledge
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

StriperXtreme Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Rutledge
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trips from $330

Striper Bandit Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Morristown
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trips from $350

Roscoe’s Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Lebanon
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T1 Fishing

Excellent
4.2 / 5
(7 reviews)
Memphis
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trips from $500

Tennessee Musky Fishing Steven Paul

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(17 reviews)
Oak Ridge
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trips from $250

Smith Fishing Adventures LLC

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Harrison
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trips from $100

Fintastic Striper Fishing Charter

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(37 reviews)
Jefferson City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $375

Bushwacker Guide Services

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Lenoir City
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trips from $300

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Tennessee

According to customer reviews, Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter, Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter – 24', and StriperXtreme Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Tennessee. Full list of top fishing charters in Tennessee.

The average price for a private 4 hour Tennessee fishing trip is $381, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $503 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter, Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter – 24', and StriperXtreme Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Tennessee.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Catfish, and Smallmouth Bass. Top fishing techniques include Trolling, Light Tackle, and Heavy Tackle. Lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Cast your line here once, and it’s easy to become a Tennessee fishing fanatic. This landlocked state boasts some of the best freshwater fishing in the United States, a secret that more anglers are discovering each year. Many visit “The Volunteer State” to experience the heart and soul of country music, which draws inspiration from The Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee’s mighty rivers, and other wonders this state has in store. This rich land holds dozens of lakes, man-made reservoirs, and more than 20,000 miles of streams. For anglers, this translates into a whole lot of action—from fly fishing to Catfish “noodling.”

Top Fishing Spots in Tennessee

Reelfoot Lake

Reelfoot is one of the smaller fishing Lakes in TN (12,000 acres), but it boasts the biggest reputation. Tucked away in the northwest corner of the state, Reelfoot Lake offers the best Crappie, Bluegill, and Bass fishing in the south (in that order). In fact, the Crappie fishing here so good that Reelfoot Lake supports the only commercial Panfish fishery in the U.S.. While Largemouth Bass are only the third most popular catch in these waters, don’t let that give you the wrong impression—the fishing is excellent.

Douglas Lake

When it comes to Crappie fishing in Tennessee, Douglas Lake is second only to Reelfoot. You can also catch Bass here throughout the year, with local Largemouths growing as large as 12 lbs in spring. This fishing hole is located less than an hour’s drive east of Knoxville, which makes it relatively accessible compared to its competition.

Dale Hollow

Located right at the top of the state, Dale Hollow Lake is practically synonymous with Tennessee Bass fishing. In fact, the world record Smallmouth Bass was caught right here in 1955, as well as the 3 heaviest Smallmouths ever recorded. These legendary game fish reach their peak between March and May, but continue to produce fantastic action on summer nights. Good fishing continues through winter, but the pace is much slower. Dale Hollow also holds Largemouth Bass, White Bass, and loads of Crappie. In December and January, anglers here have the opportunity to catch Muskellunge, as well.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

For the best Trout fishing in Tennessee, look no further than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here you can cast your line for native Brook Trout in hundreds of miles of streams. The well-known Little River also hosts Rainbow and Brown Trout, as well as Smallmouth Bass.

Tennessee River and More

Anglers in Tennessee are lucky enough to get wind of this river twice, both in the east and along the state’s western border. More than anything, the Tennessee River is famous for producing monster Catfish (the Cumberland and Mississippi Rivers are equally notable). Tennessee is home to more than 22 species of Catfish, the most common being Blue, Channel, and Flathead. The state record is a 112-lb Blue caught in the Cumberland River.

As if the sheer size of these bruiser were not enough, many people like to add a little intrigue by “noodling” for Tennessee Catfish. This method, also called “grabbling” or “hand fishing,” is a hands-on approach which involves pulling Catfish directly out of holes and crevices in the river (recommended for children age 13 and up).

Need to Know

Budget

Considering just how fantastic the angling here is, the cost of hiring a Tennessee fishing guide for the day seems like a steal! Half day trips (4-6 hours) cost $200-$300, while full days (7-8 hours) range from $250-$500, depending on the size of your group. Most guides run small jet boats or drift boats that can carry 2-3 passengers.

Specialty trips like Catfish noodling tend to be more expensive, starting at $300-$400 for the first person with an additional $200-$300 for each guest after that.

Regulations

Anglers age 16 and older must purchase a TN fishing license. Resident anglers between age 13-15 need to carry a youth license. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offers two types of recreational fishing licenses: one which covers all species, and one which covers all species except for Trout. You must purchase a Trout-inclusive license if you plan to fish for this species.

Some locations such as the Reelfoot Lake require a special permit in addition to a fishing license. Size and bag limits apply to most species, and these vary depending on the lake, stream, or reservoir you fish in. See local regulations ahead of time, or hire a local guide who will help you fish responsibly.

Techniques

Tennessee fishing methods vary depending on the species and the time of year. Casting, jigging, and popping are common techniques used to catch many fish in the lakes. It’s also common to troll for Walleye and to fly fish for Bass, Trout, and Musky.

With over 300 species of fish to catch and many exciting ways to do it, there’s no doubt a fishing trip in Tennessee will be one to remember!

Tennessee
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25048 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The start of the year can be a great time to target Smallmouth Bass on Dale Hollow or Blue Catfish on the Tennessee River. The bite tends to be slower, so patience and a warm outfit are key!

February

You can continue to enjoy good fishing for Smallmouth Bass on Dale Hollow, or try your luck fishing for Stripers on the lower half of Norris Lake.

March

Smallmouth Bass fishing is picking up momentum on Dale Hollow, while Crappie are becoming more active on Kentucky Lake and Percy Priest. 

April

Largemouth Bass are beginning to bite more. Try your luck in Pickwick Lake and other waters using a shallow-to-medium diving crankbait in shad colors.

May

Largemouth Bass are still at their peak, while many other species are also giving anglers in TN a run for their money! Grab a guide and come catch Bass, Sauger, Trout, Catfish and more!

June

Smallmouth Bass are past their peak, but fishing for them at night is still spectacular. Cast your line in deeper parts of the lakes to catch big Bluegill.

July

In July, you can enjoy excellent fishing for Catfish on the Mississippi River and Largemouth Bass in Kentucky Lake. 

August

Anglers throughout the state are hooking into Largemouth Bass left and right. Head to Reelfoot Lake for remarkable Bluegill fishing and mix things up a little.

September

Autumn is a great time to fish for Striped Bass, especially in the headwaters of Norris Lake. Meanwhile, Trout and Smallmouth Bass are ready to give you the fight of your life!

October

Head to Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a slice of the Trout fishing TN is famous for, or enjoy catching Crappie and Largemouths in the lakes.

November

Even as winter approaches, you can expect excellent fishing in Tennessee. Largemouth Bass, Trout, Crappie, and more are biting in waters state-wide.

December

Come December, anglers on Dale Hollow have a chance to fish for Musky. Bass and Crappie will continue providing action all through winter, but expect the bite to be slower.

Tennessee Fishing Calendar

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I am recently retired and specifically moved to TN (Hamblen County) to be close to lake fishing. Although I have my own bass boat, I have tremendously profited on fishing on Douglas and Cherokee Lakes by first enlisting the help of local fishing guides. This action has helped me establish a greater knowledge of both lakes, their seasonal changes impacted by the TVA's annual flood management, and the diversity of fish species in both bodies of water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I am recently retired and specifically moved to TN (Hamblen County) to be close to lake fishing. Although I have my own bass boat, I have tremendously profited on fishing on Douglas and Cherokee Lakes by first enlisting the help of local fishing guides. This action has helped me establish a greater knowledge of both lakes, their seasonal changes impacted by the TVA's annual flood management, and the diversity of fish species in both bodies of water.
Thomas  G.  S.
Thomas G. S. Morristown, TN
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
Don't do as I did, don't mis spell the captains name.. it Captain Bobby.. not captain Booby.. sorry. Lol
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't do as I did, don't mis spell the captains name.. it Captain Bobby.. not captain Booby.. sorry. Lol
Bob  C.
Bob C. Arlington, TX
You must book with these guys. There polite, friendly, knowledgeable, and just dam fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You must book with these guys. There polite, friendly, knowledgeable, and just dam fun.
Robert  C.
Robert C. Knoxville, TN
Yes this was an easy boat experience and would be good for adults and children
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yes this was an easy boat experience and would be good for adults and children
Ralph  W.
Ralph W. Dover, DE
STOP LOOKING AND START BOOKING !!! THIS IS A MEMORY NOT SOON TO BE FORGOTTEN !!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
STOP LOOKING AND START BOOKING !!! THIS IS A MEMORY NOT SOON TO BE FORGOTTEN !!
TRACY  W.
TRACY W. Memphis, TN
It's definitely hot. We went from 5-9 and it didn't cool down to a comfortable temperature until about 7pm. Bring hat, sunscreen, maybe a little fan, and some water. I would definitely go before noon or after 4.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's definitely hot. We went from 5-9 and it didn't cool down to a comfortable temperature until about 7pm. Bring hat, sunscreen, maybe a little fan, and some water. I would definitely go before noon or after 4.
Amanda  B.
Amanda B. Meadow Bluff, WV
I would recommend getting a competent guide (try Rocky Top Reels, LLC) to walk you through the different techniques for catching striped bass - it is not as easy as just throwing a worm in the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend getting a competent guide (try Rocky Top Reels, LLC) to walk you through the different techniques for catching striped bass - it is not as easy as just throwing a worm in the water.
Wade  S.
Wade S. Washington, DC
Book with Striper Xtreme & Captain Bobby Crabtree. He'll stay on the Striper and help get your limit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Striper Xtreme & Captain Bobby Crabtree. He'll stay on the Striper and help get your limit.
Matthew  P.
Matthew P. Chapel Hill, TN

Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Fishing charter in Ooltewah
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a great trip, we caught 4 catfish and a lot of different kinds spin fishing! Sean made sure eveyyone got to have a great experience! The boat is supreme and super comfy. Thanks again!!
Philip  M.
Philip M. Lancaster, SC
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Captain Bobby said he hadn't zeroed out in about 200 trips this year. Record still intact. Caught our limit. Great time.
David  B.
David B. Mount Pleasant, IN
Knoxville Fishing Guide Service
Knoxville Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Andersonville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Had a wonderful experience caught many fish. I would so recommend this for any angler
Cheryl  S.
Cheryl S. Greeneville, Tennessee
Chattahookem Fishing Charters
Chattahookem Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Really great trip. Josh went out of his way to help us get some fish in the boat. Very informative about the area and fishing, pointed out bald eagles, discussed the locks and dam. Knows his stuff about fishing. Helped us with tackle, fishing spots, and the area for our next few days at Chickamauga. Boat top of the line. Lastly, very patient with my 13 year old, he had a ball. Highly recommend even if just coming for couple days. Josh will get u on some fish!!
Wes  B.
Wes B. Cleveland, Tennessee
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
My wife and I really enjoyed the trip, caught our limit and a real good time doing it…. Thanks Captain Bobby
Kyle  H.
Kyle H. Phelps, KY
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Fishing charter in Ooltewah
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Sean was absolutely awesome to fish with. Very knowledgeable and patient with my 11 year old son. He fishes with his heart, no doubt!!
Gina  G.
Gina G. Collinsville, IL
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(191 reviews)
We booked this charter not knowing what to expect, Ryan was awesome, explaining everything we did, we most definitely will go again with Ryan.
John  L.
John L. Little Falls, NY
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(191 reviews)
Had a great time fishing for striper hybrids! Ryan was knowledgeable and put us on the fish! Would def use him again
Meredith  M.
Meredith M. Clinton, IL
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Fishing charter in Morristown
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Best birthday gift my husband could have gave me! We had an amazing time with captain Jamie! He kept us on the fishing all day long!! It was none stop action! We will be booking another fishing trip soon that for sure!!
Jason  B.
Jason B. Maynardville, TN
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(191 reviews)
Beautiful evening fishing. Capt. Ryan very informative about the area. Caught our limited and had quite a few laughs with Capt. Ryan. Would highly recommend.
Stuart  S.
Stuart S. Hydes, MD
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
We had an amazing fishing day. The hard work by our Captain paid off and we were able to catch our limit. Very beautiful and enjoyable trip I would recommend to anyone.
Randall  S.
Randall S. Hobbs, NM
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(191 reviews)
Perfect weather and he had everything we needed for a great day on the water with the family! We nearly hit our limit and he did a quick clean of the fish before we got off the boat which was nice.
Jennifer  S.
Jennifer S. Belleville, MI
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
I've been on a fair amount of guided fishing trips and this one was by far the best. Captain Bobby has an expert level of fishing knowledge and knows Cherokee Lake very well. It's no surprise we came away with eight, large fish in 90 minutes. Thanks for a great time!
Jim  B.
Jim B. Muskego, WI
Tennessee Musky Fishing Steven Paul
Tennessee Musky Fishing Steven Paul
Fishing charter in Oak Ridge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Excellent Trip! Captain Steven is truly an expert on finding Muskie! Within hour, caught Decent sized muskie! Highly Recommended!
Dan  R.
Dan R. Lenoir City, Tennessee
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(191 reviews)
This trip was a wonderful experience! Captain Ryan Banta is very professional and a wealth of knowledge about fish. He knows where to put you on the fish and how to catch them! I would recommend anyone that is wanting to catch fish come and go with Captain Ryan.
Christopher  C.
Christopher C. Bland, VA
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Fishing charter in Harrison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
A wonderful experience that I’d recommend to anyone. Greg has unsurpassed fishing knowledge and put us on a lot of good fish. New, clean, well-equipped boat too! Had a lot of fun and can’t wait to get out with him again.
April  S.
April S. Los Angeles, California
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Book this today! Our family had the best time with Captain Mike. Our 12 year-old son wants to know if we can do this again already. It truly was the highlight of our vacation! Just what we expected and more! Caught our limit and had to catch and release more. Ask to learn the TN Woo-hoo! You will not be dissapointed! We will book again!
April  J.
April J. Murrells Inlet, SC
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Fishing charter in Morristown
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
I have been on several different fishing charters, coastal, off shore etc but this was by far the best charter that I have ever been on. Jamie put us on fish quickly and we caught fish... large fish as fast as we could get from rod to rod. You have to try this charter you will not be disappointed!!
Matthew  R.
Matthew R. Granite Falls, NC
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(121 reviews)
Had an amazing trip with our family of four with Captain Bobby. He took us straight to unbelievable schools of Stripers and Hybrids. It wasn't long and one fish after the other hit the cooler. Limited out in short order with some incredible quality fish. Highly recommend fishing with Striper Xtreme.
Neil  H.
Neil H. Clinton, MO
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Fishing charter in Harrison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
The scenery was beautiful around the lake, abundant wildlife and steady action with fishing made for an excellent day. Fresh crappie fillets were an additional bonus. Highly recommend a trip with Greg Smith, very well prepared and easy going.
Brett  L.
Brett L. Naples, Florida