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Tennessee Fishing Charters

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Tennessee: 30 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Harrison
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trips from $175
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(245 reviews)
Rutledge
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(62 reviews)
Sevierville
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trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Chattanooga
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trips from $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Morristown
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trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Gatlinburg
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trips from $349
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(18 reviews)
Mt. Juliet
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trips from $225
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(146 reviews)
Rutledge
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trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Johnson City
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Tennessee

According to customer reviews, Smith Fishing Adventures LLC, Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter, and Knoxville Fishing 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 $384, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $453 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Smith Fishing Adventures LLC, Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter, and Knoxville Fishing 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, Smallmouth Bass, and Catfish. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Trolling, and Jigging. River fishing, lake fishing, and backcountry 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
4.6 / 5
Based on 27735 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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Strong fish you might want to lift some weights before heading out with Danny
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Strong fish you might want to lift some weights before heading out with Danny
Greg  B.
Greg B.
Fishing is never a guarantee, even with a great captain. Be patient and don't forget that the fish don't want to be caught!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is never a guarantee, even with a great captain. Be patient and don't forget that the fish don't want to be caught!
Isaac  H.
Isaac H.
The drive over from Gatlinburg was well worth it and the weather was just perfect.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The drive over from Gatlinburg was well worth it and the weather was just perfect.
Arun  I.
Arun I. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Be mindful of weather. Communicate with the captain in advance to pick the best time according to the time of year.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be mindful of weather. Communicate with the captain in advance to pick the best time according to the time of year.
Tony  D.
Tony D. Vicksburg, MI
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charters should be your first review for a trip in Rutledge. It will be the only one needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charters should be your first review for a trip in Rutledge. It will be the only one needed.
Timothy  C.
Timothy C. Moundsville, WV
We had tough conditions but still caught fish. Anything that could be taken as negative by my good is no reflection on the guide just the conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had tough conditions but still caught fish. Anything that could be taken as negative by my good is no reflection on the guide just the conditions.
Dustin  R.
Dustin R.
Definitely use Striper Bandit Service they will get you to the big fish. They will teach you what works on Cerokee Lake and make you feel like long time friends.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely use Striper Bandit Service they will get you to the big fish. They will teach you what works on Cerokee Lake and make you feel like long time friends.
Kimberly  H.
Kimberly H. Albright, WV
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
Kids under 12 don’t need fishing license. Go online Tennessee DNR get a one day fishing license.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Kids under 12 don’t need fishing license. Go online Tennessee DNR get a one day fishing license.
Tj  M.
Tj M. Barclay, IL
Be ready to fight the most aggressive pound for pound best fighters out there
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to fight the most aggressive pound for pound best fighters out there
Tony  J.
Tony J.
Go early, very early and with a guide . The lake is very large and deep , the guides definitely know where to go.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go early, very early and with a guide . The lake is very large and deep , the guides definitely know where to go.
Greg  F.
Greg F. Hamburg, IL
Prepare to have fun as Captain Ryan knows this lake like the back of his hand!???
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Prepare to have fun as Captain Ryan knows this lake like the back of his hand!???
Andy  H.
Andy H. Wooster, OH
The watauga river is loaded with fish, weather your experienced or not you will have a good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The watauga river is loaded with fish, weather your experienced or not you will have a good time.
Michael  H.
Michael H.
If you like to fish and catch fish bring a good attitude and they will supply the rest! Happy fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you like to fish and catch fish bring a good attitude and they will supply the rest! Happy fishing!
Andre  G.
Andre G. Clarksville, TN
Great time to hit the water. Watch the weather or be prepared for what ever comes at you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time to hit the water. Watch the weather or be prepared for what ever comes at you.
Aaron  G.
Aaron G. Sevierville, Tennessee
Learn what time of license you need. We bought the wrong ones. Had to buy new ones at the ramp before leaving
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Learn what time of license you need. We bought the wrong ones. Had to buy new ones at the ramp before leaving
Diane  O.
Diane O. Lewisburg, Tennessee
The fish were in a pre-spawn mode so the bite was in the morning or in the afternoon middle of the day was dead. The captain even said that you could fish at night and they were getting good results.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fish were in a pre-spawn mode so the bite was in the morning or in the afternoon middle of the day was dead. The captain even said that you could fish at night and they were getting good results.
Brian  G.
Brian G. Spring Valley, CA
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

Knoxville Fishing Guide Service
Knoxville Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Sevierville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
We had a blast catching smallmouth, spotted bass and largemouth!!! Captain Jason is a great guide. We will definitely be booking him again the next time we are in the area!!!
Jerry  L.
Jerry L.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
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
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
He was on time, patient, respectful, knowledgeable and ensured that we all were safe and had a good time Would go out fishing with Captain Sean again
Marianne  M.
Marianne M. Elgin, TX
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(146 reviews)
First time fishing in Tennessee, my son and I had an absolutely awesome experience with Captain Bobby. Highly recommend him, thank you Capt!
Holly  F.
Holly F. Flushing, MI
Striper/Hybrid– Percy Priest
Striper/Hybrid– Percy Priest
Fishing charter in Mt. Juliet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Would recommend this captain & boat to any fisherman. Friendly, honest & very knowledgeable of the lake. Went out of his way to put us on fish. The boat itself was clean& very well maintained. Captain Brian is a gem!
Michelle  F.
Michelle F. Gainesville, Florida
Fish Memphis Guide Service
Fish Memphis Guide Service
Fishing charter in Memphis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
I had great day on the Mississippi with Danny. I can't think of a better way to spend a day in Memphis then hooking into some big catfish.
Greg  B.
Greg B.
Knoxville Fishing Guide Service
Knoxville Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Sevierville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(62 reviews)
My captain,Jason,was extremely knowledgeable and patient. He showed me and my nephew proper casting techniques over and over again with undaunted patience. We caught many bass,and I was lucky and caught a six pounder! Jason,thank you,Sir,for the great memories! I’ll be back,
Eliezer  O.
Eliezer O. Sevierville, Tennessee
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(245 reviews)
Captain was great! We had a lot of fun catching Bass! Will definitely come back and fish again!
Mandy  P.
Mandy P.
Fish Memphis Guide Service
Fish Memphis Guide Service
Fishing charter in Memphis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
My son, Kevin and I had a fantastic time fishing with Captain Danny of Fish Memphis Guide Service. He got us on the fish right away, and the fish we caught were nice sized and great fighters. As we are are new to this kind of fishing, Captain Danny explained the technique we were using that day as we were interested in learning more about it. Thanks to Fish Memphis Guide Service for a great evening on the Mississippi river. Mike (and Kevin) Chyrklund
Michael  C.
Michael C. Central City, AR
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Fishing charter in Morristown
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Steve went out of his way to make our trip easy and we all had a great time. He worked well with my 11 year old son and put us on fish within the first hour. Soon after, we had all limited out with some really nice stripers. He knows the lake well and is holds a good conversation too. A+
Isaac  H.
Isaac H.
Smoky Mountain Fishing Company
Smoky Mountain Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Sevierville
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(1 review)
Jesse worked very hard to make this a great trip for my husband and I. His knowledge of the area and what fish we were looking for was impressive. Will book him again if we are back in the area.
Gina  W.
Gina W. High Point, NC
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Sean was very professional and knowledgeable … thanks for a memorable trip - we ll be back
Robert  W.
Robert W.
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Fishing charter in Morristown
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Had a fantastic experience with Capt. Jamie who is extremely knowledgeable about these waters and has a fantastic personality. We caught a bunch of hybrid Striper fish and came back home and ate them. They were delicious and as advertised. Book with confidence!
Arun  I.
Arun I. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Striper/Hybrid– Percy Priest
Striper/Hybrid– Percy Priest
Fishing charter in Mt. Juliet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
We took our son on a fishing trip for his birthday. Captain Mike did an excellent job showing us around and helping us catch some fish. My son has been telling everyone how wonderful of a time he had on the trip. Captain Mike found some good spots and we landed several striped and white bass even though it was extremely hot all week. I definitely recommend this charter in Nashville.
Daniel  B.
Daniel B. Decatur, AL
Eye On The Fly Expeditions
Eye On The Fly Expeditions
Fishing charter in Nashville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Captain Brian was awesome! He was friendly, knowledgeable with great equipment and an awesome boat. I’d highly recommend him and I’ll use him again myself!!
Mike  S.
Mike S. Greenbrier, Tennessee
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(245 reviews)
Capt Ryan is great! Great conversation and top notch gear. He really has put the time in to master his craft. Our kids had a blast! Definitely will go again soon.
Kevin  B.  J.
Kevin B. J. Hampton, Virginia
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Southern Outdoor Sportsmen
Fishing charter in Chattanooga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
We went with Captain Sean for my sons 10th birthday. It was a great day. 2 kids and 2 adults and he worked with all of us and was patient and so nice. I would recommend using him for your next fishing trip to Tennessee.
Jimi  C.
Jimi C.
Eye On The Fly Expeditions
Eye On The Fly Expeditions
Fishing charter in Nashville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Brian picked me up at 5:30am and after a one hour drive we entered the water in a wonderful foggy morning. What a scenery When sun came out, eating the fog it was a gorgeous morning with active fishes. Water was high but very Dushanbe. We caught 3 rainbows , released them again as we continue to travel further south When you are around Nashville give Brian a shout. You can’t get a better or more experienced guide and he is a great company too Thanks Capt‘n Brian. I might be back. Siegfried
Siegfried  K.
Siegfried K. Hamburg, Free And Hanseatic City Of Hamburg
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(245 reviews)
The Captain was a great sport! I took my granddaughter out and he worked very well with the both of us. This was not a regular experience for either of us. Thank you for your patience. We had an awesome time and would recommend this activity.
Pam  C.
Pam C. Eustis, FL
Striper/Hybrid– Percy Priest
Striper/Hybrid– Percy Priest
Fishing charter in Mt. Juliet
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(18 reviews)
Tough day for fishing but that’s how it is sometimes. Great experience overall. Captain and equipment provided was great. Beautiful day to be on the water.
Tony  D.
Tony D. Vicksburg, MI