THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING REPORT
May 3, 2018
Jim Durham (37 articles)
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THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING REPORT

 

  • THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING REPORT

    StriperFun Guide Service – Tennessee Walleye Charters

    (931) 403-2501 http://www.striperfun.com captainjim@striperfun.com Edit Fishing Reporter Information

  • Specializing in “Trophy” fishing as the owner of StriperFun Fishing Guide Service in KY and TN and TN Walleye Charters, Captain Jim Durham is a licensed guide who has fished the Cumberland Plateau and KY and TN year round for over 50 years. Captain Jim is a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain and is the creator of the “Striper Fish like a Pro” instructional DVD series as well as his own line of fishing lures.

     THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING REPORT

    Provided by Captain Jim Durham – Owner Tennessee Walleye Charters Fishing Guide Service on Dale Hollow and the Cumberland River, StriperFun Guide Service (on Lake Cumberland, the Cumberland River, Chickamauga Lake, Norris Lake, Cherokee Lake and the Clinch River), Superbaittanks.com, Captain Jim Marine Electronics & Captain Jim Lures

    DATE OF REPORT: May 3rd, 2018

    · Latest water temperature: 58.1 ° F surface (Willow Grove Dock): May 2nd, 2018

    · The lake currently has an elevation of 650.31 above sea level.

    Greetings to my readers! I hope that the world finds you and your family doing well!

    ABOUT TENNESSEE WALLEYE CHARTERS

    Are you looking to have some fun catching big Walleye? Tennessee Walleye Charters can put you on big fish on beautiful Dale Hollow Lake! Guided trips are available April thru October on Dale Hollow and December through March on the Cumberland River, weather permitting. Tennessee Walleye Charters caters to fishing enthusiasts of all ages. Whether it is a weekend trip with a group of your buddies, or a trip with mom and/or dad, or a big fishing weekend with the wife and/or the kids (couples and families welcome) all Tennessee Walleye Charters trips can be customized accordingly!

    WE SUPPORT THE VETERANS!

    As a former United States Air Force Airman – military veteran and as a current U.S. Merchant Marine Captain and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol Coxswain (Captain), as well as Captain of my local Volunteer Fire Department, I understand the great importance that our brave service men and women and first responders play in our society. Their service is why you speak English, can vote and can enjoy the freedom that you do!

    We also cannot forget the duty and service provided by our Policemen, Fish and Wildlife Officers and Firemen.

    TENNESSEE WALLEYE CHARTERS OFFERS A 10% DISCOUNT on all charters to currently active Policemen, Fish and Wildlife Officers and Firemen as well as to all active military AND retired military veterans (with proper verification ID provided by the person booking the trip).

    This is our way of saying “THANKS” to these important men and women for your service.

    AND THE BEAT GOES ON! BIG FISH AND LOTS OF THEM!!!!!

    The night time Walleye fishing remains red hot on Dale Hollow! Enjoy our most recent client photos below!

    We continue to catch some large Walleyes and some nice stringers of fish. If you are interested in big stringers of large tasty Walleye, don’t miss out! We are now fishing under floating lights and the “hot” Walleye night bite has come alive! Call me SOON at 931-403-2501 to book if you want one of these night trips under the lights (April – May) as they go quickly!

    Day time bottom bouncing worm rigging trips begin for Tennessee Walleye Charter clients in June (1st to the 15th) and runs through mid-July (1st to the 15th)!

    The rest of the time the good bite is at night under the lights until the July full moon! Once we get to the full moon in July day trips are over for the year (unless there is a special request for a day trip). Through the summer until early fall (October moon) we troll at night with special handmade crank baits.

    It has been our experience over the decades that the Walleyes feed at night best and limits of big fish fishing at night are frequent. YOU CAN CLICK THE LINKS BELOW to read interesting explanations FROM FISHING BIOLOGISTS AND PROFESSIONAL TOURNAMENT FISHERMEN as to their thoughts and reasoning behind why larger Walleye (and more Walleye) are caught at night (its all about their “eyes”):

    http://www.markmartins.net/article13.html

    http://www.gameandfishmag.com/fishin…ng-at-sundown/

    Here is a partial excerpt from the article:

    Fishing for night walleyes on your favorite lake might be better than you’ve seen all day.

    WHY AFTER-HOURS?

    Equipped with large eyes and excellent night vision, walleyes generally prefer to feed under the cover of darkness. Those big eyes are light sensitive, so they don’t like too much brightness. Plus, their keen night vision provides an advantage over prey when visibility is reduced.

    Night-fishing provides benefits year ’round for Walleyes when the bulk of the Walleyes’ favorite prey species are shallow, and the ’eyes move up at night to ambush bait fish.

    Your cleaning of the fish is included (tips appreciated).

    These Walleye trips are fantastic! We are already booking strong – hope to hear from you!

    WILLOW GROVE RESORT LODGING

    As a professional fishing guide who has boated and fished on Dale Hollow Lake for over 50 years, I always want to make sure my customers are taken care. For super nice cabin accommodations on Dale Hollow, I always recommend Willow Grove Resort!

    Imagine waking up overlooking one of the largest and most scenic lakes in the Eastern United States. Dale hollow is truly paradise! It has over 620 miles of shoreline (average depth 80 feet) with over 27,000 plus acres of crystal clear water

    Willow Grove Resort Marina offers spacious lodging in a variety of cabin settings right on Dale Hollow Lake with great lake views!

    All Willow Grove Resort lodging rentals have cable TV, microwave, small refrigerator and coffee maker as well as year-round heat and air to keep you comfortable. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our rooms!

    To book a Cabin, call Captain Jim Durham at 931-403-2501and I can take your deposit and customize your entire trip for you, including boat rentals as well as fishing trips!!

    STRIPERFUN’S FULL LINE UP OF LURES

    Captain Jim Lures, a Division of Striperfun.com, sells the top of the line hair jigs (captain Jim Specials) and blade baits (Little Friends), as well as the “Striper Mugger”, the “Tennessee Thumper” and the “Walleye Dazzler”! These lures have been heavily field tested, are super easy to cast (or troll) and besides being Striper magnets, they also absolutely wear out the Large Mouth, Spots, Walleye and Small Mouth!

    Click the link below to go to the StriperFun website and watch the new lures as their photos will appear (a new photo “pops in” every few seconds) in the middle of the top of the screen on the first page. Click any photo of any lure that to go in and read more about the newly designed lures and to see enhanced photos!

    You can also watch them demonstrated on YouTube by clicking the links below:

    “Tennessee Thumper”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba8uN6NYhk8

    To buy this lure click: http://www.striperfun.com/store/tenn…l?%3CosCsid%3E

    “Walleye Dazzler”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfuizmHF9r0

    To buy this lure click: http://www.striperfun.com/store/wall…zler-p-43.html

    “Striper Mugger”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46aVV…e=results_main

    To buy this lure click: http://www.striperfun.com/store/stri…gger-p-46.html

    “Captain Jim Hair Jigs and Blade Baits”: http://www.striperfun.com/store/stri…b2964914829f7a

    You can also purchase Captain Jim lures at the Willow Grove Marina ship store on Dale Hollow and at Grider Hill Marina on Lake Cumberland!

    SUPER BAIT TANKS

    To really hit the “monster” Stripers, you need to use the freshest live shad. Not only can catching fresh shad be tough, keeping them alive used to be virtually impossible! Not any longer!

    The SUPER BAIT TANK has a triple filtration system, a built-in oxygen infuser, a built-in light for night use and is insulated. This system has been tested to hold gizzard shad & blue-black herring for up to one week. I use only the SUPER BAIT TANK. Every guide I know uses it and so should you! StriperFun is the exclusive NATIONAL “on line” dealer of the SUPER BAIT TANK.

    For “new” Super Bait Tank orders – call me or click:

    http://www.striperfun.com/store/supe…tanks-c-3.html

    HUMMINBIRD COMBO GPS AND FISH FINDER UNITS

    Captain Jim is your low price on line leader to purchase all Humminbird Fishfinders! Call me at 931-403-2501 to order!

    All StriperFun Captains use Humminbird Side and Down Imaging units. Humminbird Fish Finder / GPS units are simply the best on the market! When you have to depend on your marine electronics to navigate safely at night and in the fog, as well as help you find fish, it is one of your most valuable tools!

    My Humminbird HD unit is simply great! When trolling artificial lures or live bait, I just don’t troll “hoping” to run in to a school of fish. I am scanning up to 240 feet per each side of the boat, looking for schools of bait and fish. When I see them (example: 3 o’clock to the starboard or 9 o’clock to port!), I can then “turn” my boat towards the schools of bait and fish to “get in to the strike zone”. My new Helix 12 Humminbird finder is really delivering for me! These huge Stripers act like Largemouth in the river, stacking up and hiding behind cover in the current to “swoop” out and hit the Trout! This new side scan technology can make the difference on a slow day, helping me spot the patterns!

    Once arriving on the schools of bait and fish, I can switch over to the “Down Imaging”, “Quadrabeam Plus” or “Switch Fire” sonar systems to let me see with great clarity (each technology providing a different yet important view!) exactly where the fish are and how they are orientating.

    Why troll “blind” when you can scan surrounding water to see where the “big ones” are!!

    It makes all the difference in the world, turning a slow fishing day into a great catching day!

    My Humminbird Fish Finder is a guide’s best friend. As a Field Staff member of Johnson Outdoors, I strongly recommend this product to any open water fishermen. To be successful, you need to learn to use your marine electronics. If you are looking for new marine electronics, feel free to call me and I can make some solid suggestions on HUMMINBIRD COMBO GPS AND FISH FINDER UNITS.

    MINN KOTA TROLLING MOTORS FROM JOHNSON OUTDOORS

    Captain Jim is your low price on line leader to purchase all Minn Kota model trolling motors! Call me at 931-403-2501 to order!

    I only use the Minn Kota “Rip Tide” trolling motors from Johnson Marine and so should you! As a professional fishing charter Captain, my livelihood depends on my trolling motor working every time – every day! For 15 years I have used Minn Kota trolling motors and my “Rip Tide” trolling motor never lets me down!

    With “cool” features like the hands free “Auto Pilot and “I” Pilot functions, I can set my motor to go a specific direction and turn my back to deploy lines and have full confidence it will stay on course no matter the weather conditions!

    For using a “drop shot” on the fish, once I locate a nice an active school I simply push a button on “I” Pilot functions control and it “electronically anchors me” directly over the fish. If the winds blows me off the spot, the “I” Pilot brings me right back and again “electronically anchors” me back over the fish.

    Man, is that cool or what?
    I would never consider using anything else but a Minn Kota trolling motor!

    GIVE THE BEST GIFT OF ALL, A FISHING TRIP WITH CAPTAIN JIM AND TENNESSEE WALLEYE CHARTERS!

    The gift of a weekend package deal (or even a one-day fishing trip) with StriperFun Guide Service makes a great Christmas or birthday present for Dad, a brother or for the family and kids, or can make a great bonus for an employee or a promotion for a customer! We fish year- round and our trips are very popular and our booking dates fill up fast!

    Fishing is family friendly and wholesome. So, if you are interested in giving the perfect gift to that special someone, order a fishing gift certificate today!

    Call me at 931-403-2501 or email me at: captainjim@striperfun.com

    Many of our customers do not initially realize that the Striper fishing is 365 days year-round. However, all of our boats are covered and we virtually fish almost every day.

    We live for this type of fishing and you can too! Come see us!

    Do not be afraid however to call last minute if you want a trip as we have numerous guides and can accommodate your schedule!

    If you have any other ideas, techniques or subjects you want me to write about, drop me a line!

    I am many times asked “What are the advantages to hiring a guide”? In essence, you hire a guide to utilize the guide’s many years of experience and lake knowledge, to learn new tactics and techniques to increase your chance of “landing the big one”. Guides use top of the line equipment and the freshest live bait. Also, if you cannot afford your own boat, it is a very cost-effective way for you or your group to fish (cost per fisherman). Even professional fishermen hire guides to learn a lake and new techniques!

    We are moving quickly through spring. Dawn rolls around a little earlier each morning and “Twilight” now rolls around just a little later each night.
    It is great to be alive and be a “free” American! I look forward to seeing all of you this year on the water.

    Count your blessings each day and live “in the moment”, not in the future and always remember to stop and shake the hand of a person in uniform or wearing garb that shows they are a veteran! Their service is why you speak English, can vote and can enjoy the freedoms you do!

    Remember also to always obey all TN fishing regulations while on Cherokee Lake or any or Tennessee waterway. Following the rules is a must! It is important that we all be good stewards of our fishing resources.

    Until next time, blue skies and tight lines!

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    Specializing in “Trophy” Striper Fishing, Captain Jim Durham is a Kentucky and Tennessee State licensed guide who has fished Dale Hollow, Lake Cumberland and the Cumberland River year-round for most of his adult life. As a former B.A.S.S. tournament circuit fisherman, Captain Jim is also a Search and Rescue Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as a Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain and Captain of his local Fire Department.

 

Jim Durham