Tennessee Fishing Charters

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Top Tennessee Destinations

Tennessee: 35 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Harrison
trips from US $175
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(71 reviews)
Sevierville
trips from US $250
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Mt. Juliet
trips from US $375
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Morristown
trips from US $350
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(267 reviews)
Rutledge
trips from US $315
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(163 reviews)
Rutledge
trips from US $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Johnson City
trips from US $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(27 reviews)
Sevierville
trips from US $375
Manchester
trips from US $425

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Tennessee

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Tennessee fishing trip is US $371, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $466 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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

The top 3 fishing techniques in Tennessee are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Tennessee are:

Many fishing charters in Tennessee 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 are:

Who are the top awarded captains in Tennessee?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Tennessee are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $337
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $215
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $450
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $240
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $588

Fishing in Tennessee

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
4.9 / 5
Based on 28584 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

Tennessee Fishing Seasons

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.

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What anglers said about fishing in Tennessee

My recommendation is to fish in the spring while water temperatures are cool. High water temperature encountered during the summer months greatly increases mortality rate of fish that are released. For this reason, during summer, in order to protect the high quality of striped bass fishing, persons are limited to limit of two fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My recommendation is to fish in the spring while water temperatures are cool. High water temperature encountered during the summer months greatly increases mortality rate of fish that are released. For this reason, during summer, in order to protect the high quality of striped bass fishing, persons are limited to limit of two fish.
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
. Once you know your time of departure, you need to know the exact location of where you are departing from. The exact location is not specified unless you ask the time, but not the location
Excellent
4.7 / 5
. Once you know your time of departure, you need to know the exact location of where you are departing from. The exact location is not specified unless you ask the time, but not the location
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
I wish we had visited Tennessee later in March. I think the leaves would have been breaking bud then.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I wish we had visited Tennessee later in March. I think the leaves would have been breaking bud then.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Tennessee River Adventures Inc.
Maybe not the quantity that we hoped for but the size and quality made up for it
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Maybe not the quantity that we hoped for but the size and quality made up for it
Chattahookem Fishing Charters
Chattahookem Fishing Charters
Fishing in February is tough, do not come into it thinking it will be the best fishing of your life! That said, if you have the right guide, you WILL be successful. Smith Fishing Adventures, LLC, is why we were able to catch as much as we did.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in February is tough, do not come into it thinking it will be the best fishing of your life! That said, if you have the right guide, you WILL be successful. Smith Fishing Adventures, LLC, is why we were able to catch as much as we did.
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Be prepared to have a great trip! The captain takes great care of everyone and will make the trip fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to have a great trip! The captain takes great care of everyone and will make the trip fun!
Markybob Catfishing
Markybob Catfishing
Very warm temps for this time of year. Cooler water would have been better and I expected cooler water for the end of October. Just one of those things that you can't control.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very warm temps for this time of year. Cooler water would have been better and I expected cooler water for the end of October. Just one of those things that you can't control.
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Dress warm. Bring a couple of water bottles. Enjoy the fishing - big or small - it’ll be a good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warm. Bring a couple of water bottles. Enjoy the fishing - big or small - it’ll be a good time.
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
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
Fish Memphis Guide Service
Fish Memphis Guide Service
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!
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service
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.
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service 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.
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper 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.
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter 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.
Big Ridge River Guides
Big Ridge River Guides
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.
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service 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.
Chattahookem Fishing Charters
Chattahookem Fishing Charters Smoke Rise, GA
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.
Thank Goodness I Fly Fish Smokey Mtns Trophy
Thank Goodness I Fly Fish Smokey Mtns Trophy 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
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
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.
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter 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!???
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter Wooster, OH

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Tennessee?

Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Fishing charter in Mt. Juliet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Had an absolutely stellar day on the water with Captain Brian. Landed fish after fish. Hybrids, Stripers, and my first ever Flathead catfish. 100% will be booking again. Recommend anyone wanting a day out on the water use Captain Brian for their adventure!!
Denver  L.
Denver L.
Smoky Mountain Fishing Company
Smoky Mountain Fishing Company
Fishing charter in Sevierville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
My Buddy and I had an excellent fishing trip. Derrick was a Great Captain. Great Guide. Put us right in the fish. You will not be disappointed.
Chris  H.
Chris H.
Fish Memphis Guide Service
Fish Memphis Guide Service
Fishing charter in Memphis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Danny was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and professional. Grateful for the time on the River, despite not catching anything.
Kristan  B.
Kristan B.
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Fishing charter in Harrison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
This man knows the lake, and even in undesirable conditions, is able to put people on fish. Thank you for an amazing experience on Lake Chickamauga.
Logan  M.
Logan M.
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Fishing charter in Morristown
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
My wife and I went out with Captain Jamie, and we couldn’t be happier. Not only was he technically and tactically proficient, but he was also patient and genuinely kind. As for the fishing, Captain Jamie worked tirelessly to ensure we caught a boatload of fish. He did all the work, we had all the fun. I highly recommend this guide service to anyone hoping to catch lots of fish.
Dale  C.
Dale C.
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Fishing charter in Mt. Juliet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Captain Ryan is the best. Fantastic guide, great instincts, will put you on some monsters. Can’t wait to go again.
Michael  T.
Michael T.
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Fishing charter in Harrison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
We had a great day on Lake Chickamauga with Captain Greg. He put us on fish really quick. We had lots of opportunity to catch these fun crappie. I would definitely use him again. James 4/2024
James  E.
James E.
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(267 reviews)
Captain Ryan got us quickly on the Strippers and work the boat professionally.
Thomas  G.  S.
Thomas G. S.
Murray Fishing
Murray Fishing
Fishing charter in Spring City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
John was a great guide. Had everything we needed and his equipment was top shelf. Would recommend him!
James  G.
James G.
Murray Fishing
Murray Fishing
Fishing charter in Spring City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Had a great time fishing! This was an on-the-water learning opportunity for me as a new bass fisherman. We caught nearly a dozen bass and I learned a lot! John Murray is a great captain.
Michael  L.  C.
Michael L. C.
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Fishing charter in Mt. Juliet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We had an outstanding time with Brian. He's an excellent guide. We plan to book for his services again
Jim  C.
Jim C.
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(163 reviews)
Fantastic experience with Captain Bobby! Such patience with us and we felt very comfortable the whole time! He knows his stuff!
Chad  P.
Chad P.
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(267 reviews)
Capt Ryan made a cold, windy day a fun time. The fish weren’t biting great but we kept moving until we found a good spot. We will definitely go back out with him and would recommend him for your fishing trips.
Julie  D.
Julie D.
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Striper Bandit Guide Service
Fishing charter in Morristown
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
We came up for my son's 15th birthday party and WOW Captain Jamie came through with an awesome time! They caught over 100 pounds of fish. Thank you Captain Jamie for an unforgettable birthday party.
Patricia  F.
Patricia F.
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Cherokee Lake Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(267 reviews)
Had a great time fishing! Could tell the captain had alot of years if experience in the area and doing the job. Was very patient with my son as well as me. Had a really good set up and put us on the fish right away. Anyone looking for a guide search no further!
Joshua  H.
Joshua H.
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Fishing charter in Harrison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
I would definitely recommend Captain Smith. He put us right on the fish and we caught multiple species. Was a very great experience and would do it again given the chance.
Joshua  S.
Joshua S.
Knoxville Fishing Guide Service
Knoxville Fishing Guide Service
Fishing charter in Sevierville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
Jason was very helpful and easy to deal with. Caught plenty of fish and an overall great time.
Stewart  A.  T.
Stewart A. T.
StriperXtreme Guide Service
StriperXtreme Guide Service
Fishing charter in Rutledge
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(163 reviews)
Bobby has great equipment, is knowledgeable. Class act. If you are in the area, fish with him. A great fun experience and he puts you on the fish!!! Thank you!!!
Nathan  S.
Nathan S.
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Priest Lake Hybrid Striper
Fishing charter in Mt. Juliet
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Return trip for after a great outing last summer with the same captain. Awesome dude who's knowledgeable, fun to hang out with, and knows how to find the fish. Next time I'm in the area, I will be booking another trip with him.
David  M.
David M.
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Smith Fishing Adventures LLC
Fishing charter in Harrison
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(36 reviews)
Great communication. Great preparation. Flexible to provide the best opportunity to catch fish and a patient instructor on crappie fishing techniques. AND we caught fish! Definitely recommended to experienced and novice anglers alike.
Tom  T.
Tom T.

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