Captain Jim’s Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report
June 9, 2017
Jim Durham (28 articles)
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Captain Jim’s Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report

Captain Jim’s Cumberland Plateau Fishing Report

DATE OF REPORT: June 9th, 2017

  • Latest water temperature: 79.63° F surface (Main Lake – Cumberland): June 9th, 2017
  • Latest water temperature: 78.9 ° F surface (Indian Creek – Cumberland): June 9th, 2017
  • Latest water temperature: 48.9 ° F surface (Cumberland River): June 9th, 2017
  • Latest water temperature: 79.3 ° F surface (Dale Hollow): June 9th, 2017

Currently, the Lake Cumberland level is right at 723.97 feet above sea level. The lake is now one foot below the tree line which is 725.00′ above sea level. The Cumberland River below the dam is at 558.60′ above sea level.  Peak discharge of water through the power generation turbines is at 2,100 cubic feet per second per hour.

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

PRESS RELEASE

June 9, 2017

CAPTAIN JIM FISHING – STRIPERFUN GUIDE SERVICES EXPANSION OF FISHING CHARTER SERVICES TO THREE NEW WATERS IN EASTERN TENNESSEE!

Captain Jim Durham, owner of Captain Jim Fishing including StriperFun Guide Service, Tennessee Walleye Charters and Captain Jim Lures is pleased to announce the company is expanding its’ fishing charter services to three new waters in Eastern Tennessee!

StriperFun Guide Service currently provides guide services on Lake Cumberland, the Cumberland River and on Tims Ford Lake in Middle Tennessee!  Tennessee Walleye Charters provides guide services on Dale Hollow and the Cumberland River. With six charter guides to serve our customers on Lake Cumberland, two guides on the Cumberland River, two guides on Dale Hollow and a guide on Tims Ford Lake, StriperFun and Tennessee Walleye Charters runs hundreds of fishing charters a year.

The company is pleased to announce it will now be offering Striper and Hybrid guided trips on Cherokee Lake (near Knoxville), Striper trips on the Clinch River below Melton Hill Dam (near Lenoir City, TN) as well as Striper trips on Norris Lake (in North Central Tennessee)!

Specializing in “Trophy” fishing as the owner of Captain Jim Fishing, Captain Jim Durham is a Kentucky native and KY & TN State licensed guide who has fished the upper Cumberland Plateau for over 50 years.  He is also a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain and Search and Rescue Patrol Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Captain Jim is also the creator of the Striper Fish like a Pro instructional DVD series as well as his own line of fishing lures.

Captain Jim commented on his expansion:

“AS STRIPERFUN HAS CONTINUED TO GROW OVER THE YEARS, FROM LAKE CUMBERLAND WE HAVE EXPANDED TO FISHING THE CUMBERLAND RIVER, DALE HOLLOW LAKE AND TIMS FORD LAKE.  OVER THE YEARS, MANY STRIPER CLIENTS HAVE REQUESTED TO FISH THE BEAUTIFUL WATERS IN EASTERN AND NORTHEN TENNESSEE.  TO ACCOMMODATE THE DEMAND, I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT STRIPERFUN IS NOW OFFERING CHARTERED TRIPS ON CHEROKEE LAKE, THE CLINCH RIVER AND NORRIS LAKE!

IN PARTNERING WITH A REGIONAL GUIDE WHO HAS FISHED THESE WATERS NEARLY 30 YEARS, I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THIS EXPANSION FOR OUR CLIENTS. THERE ARE EXCITING TIMES AHEAD!”

See some photos from Cherokee Lake below:

Licensed and insured, Captain Jim’s StriperFun Guide Service or Tennessee Walleye Charters can take you on a safe, fun and unforgettable fishing adventure!  Call 931-403-2501 to make reservations today.

 

KAPOW ! BAM!  KAPOW!  BIG FISH AND LOTS OF THEM!!!!!

THE CUMBERLAND LAKE FISHING REMAINS STRONG!

The lake fishing is improving as the spawn of the Stripers is about over.  We have been catching nice Stripers EVERY DAY ANYWAY, but just not quite as many as normal and no great big river fish in the last few weeks.  We have also been catching some great Bass!

Enjoy some of the recent photos of nice Stripers and HUGE Bass we have been catching on the lake.

On Lake Cumberland

We are moving around a lot to find the fish.  When we do find a big school of bait, we can catch fish using multiple methods:

  • We are pulling planer boards with live bait fished weightless or shallow Carolina rigged
  • Down lines with live bait are also getting “viciously” ripped down as we move through these big aggressive schools of Stripers! We are also catching nice smallmouth, large mouth and the occasional Walleye that are congregating with the Striper schools to tear into the huge schools of bait fish!

What to expect on the water

The fish are transitioning, now out to the main lake near the surface.  There is a lot of wood debris and flotsam in the lake, so be careful not to lose a prop.

EARLY SPRING JIG TECHNIQUE

One of my favorite techniques (I use when pulling boards in the early spring) is to throw a ½ ounce white on white hair jig or all chartreuse or chartreuse and white “Captain Jim Special Dominator” hair jig rigged with a 2 inch plastic trailer.

The trick to catching these “ultra shallow” fish is to actually cast the jig “up on the shore”.  The reason being, that the “splash” of the large jig in the shallow water will many times “spook” a large Striper.

If you fish shallow water in the winter or early spring often enough you will experience the sick feeling of seeing your lure hit the water and see an immediate “swirl” of a large “startled” fish fleeing for deep water!

So, to combat this problem, we cast our jigs up on the shore.  Then, as we take up the slack of the line to get it tight, we then “hop” the jig (with a quick raising of the rod and a slight jerk on the lure) quietly into the water.  The jig will have a tendency to snag on rocks and submerged wood.  As soon as you hop your jig into the water you need to raise your rod tip high and reel quickly.  This will virtually eliminate most snagging of the jigs on the bottom.

This type of fishing can be really exciting!

As you hop your lure into the water and begin to quickly retrieve your jig from the edge of the shore, it will begin to smack into rocks, wood etc.  This can cause a “reaction” bite (like a large mouth smacking a crank bait after it careens off of a stump).

It works on Stripers too!

You will many times experience the same “swirl” of a large Striper’s tail in the shallow water.  The difference is that now the fish isn’t running away, it is flying to eat your lure!   You need to be ready as soon as you hop the lure in and begin the retrieve.  We catch many Stripers that are hanging around eating bait fish right on the edge of the shore.  A soon as you hop the lure in they many times will slam it!  This is especially true on windy days when the wind is blowing in towards the bank you are fishing.  The wind blows in the bait fish that are “tired” from fight the wind.  They make easy prey for the Stripers, so always pay attention to the wind direction when you chose a bank to fish.

This trick will deliver for you!

We hope to see you soon on Lake Cumberland! Click below to book your trip!

http://www.striperfun.com/pages/bookacharter.php

 

TENNESSEE WALLEYE CHARTERS

(A division of Captain Jim fishing!)

THE DALE HOLLOW FISHING REPORT

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

Staff Writer for fishin.com

DATE OF REPORT: June 9th, 2017

  • Latest water temperature: 79.5 ° F surface (Willow Grove Dock): June 9th, 2017, 2017
  • The lake is still flooded with an elevation of 652.89 above sea level on the lake. The Corp is releasing 2,845 cubic feet of water per second through the spill way.

Greetings to my readers! I hope that the world finds you and your family doing well!
The night time Walleye fishing remains red hot on Dale Hollow!  We continue to catch some true trophy Walleyes and some huge fat limits of fish!  We are casting under Hydro Glow lights while anchored and are also trolling at night!

Check out the huge limit the James Schaetz caught, as well as a photo of his largest fish!

Check out the Walleye James Pitcock caught as well!

We are also catching great Walleyes worm rigging during the day!

If you are interested in big stringers of large tasty Walleye, don’t miss out!  We are scheduling night trips and the bite id RED HOT!

Click this link to book your trip: http://www.striperfun.com/pages/bookacharter.php

Or call me at 931-403-2501. These Walleye trips are fantastic! We hope to hear from you!

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), I understand the great importance that our brave service men and women 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.

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 year round on Dale Hollow 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, a large multi boat corporate trip 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!

God is amazing in his creation! I am blessed to spend another day pursuing my passion of putting clients on big fish on our magnificent lake! I give it all to God!

We are moving quickly through Summer. 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.

Remember also to always obey all fishing regulations while on Dale Hollow Lake or any other waterway. Following the rules is a must! It is important that we all be good stewards of our fishing resources.
CUMBERLAND RIVER STRIPER FISHING

With several fish caught each year over 50 pounds, multiple 40 pounders and numerous 30 pound plus fish the Cumberland River continues to prove why she is a world class fishery!   When you use large Trout as bait on the Cumberland River in Tennessee (only 30 miles south of Lake Cumberland) w e only target big Trophy fish!

See some beautiful Stripers from the Cumberland River, 50 lb plus.  Come See us!

As we now move through June, the “big fish bite” continues to heat up on the Cumberland River in Tennessee!  Beautiful scenery, crystal clear water and great fishing!  We are now full into 2017 summer season and the bite since my last report has been spectacular!

RECENT ACTIVITY

The fishing has been fantastic this summer (except when the water came up in the flood).  Stripers in the Cumberland River must be 42 inches long to keep (a keeper is 35 to 40 pounds) and we only keep a fish if it is over 42 inches long and the customer wants to mount it!  We weight all fish on a Boga scale and then gently release them back in the cold waters of the river to grow even larger.

We hope to see you soon on the Cumberland River! Click below to book your trip!

http://www.striperfun.com/pages/bookacharter.php

About StriperFun Guide Service

As a United States Air Force Veteran, U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine officer, USCG Aux Search and Rescue Coxswain and as a Firefighter, Captain Jim Durham is the owner/founder of StriperFun Guide Service.  StriperFun provides charters in KY on Lake Cumberland, on Tims Ford Lake in TN and Captain Jim’s Cumberland River Adventures in TN.  Jim’s businesses also include Captain Jim Lures, Superbaittanks.com and much more……

StriperFun’s fishing charter businesses are one of the largest and best known charter fishing guide services in the Cumberland Plateau region.  As a former B.A.S.S. fisherman (presented a “Lifetime membership” award many years ago), Captain Jim has been fishing and/or guiding on Lake Cumberland and on the Cumberland River in TN for most of his adult life, fishing the Upper Cumberland Plateau Region 52 years since he was six years old.  Captain Jim is very well known and respected by marina owners, lake area business owners and regional law enforcement.

Captain Jim personally holds multiple licenses and memberships:

  • Licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife as a fishing guide, with privileges to take customers fishing (Kentucky License # 007).
  • Licensed as well by the State of Tennessee Department of Fish and Wildlife as a fishing guide.
  • Licensed as a United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer, holding a Captain’s license (Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer License # 1037731).
  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Staff Officer, holding a “Coxswain” (Patrol Captain’s Search and Rescue) rating with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Captain Jim and his guides run hundreds of fishing charters a year.  All StriperFun Captains are licensed, insured and are well trained in CPR & First Aid.  StriperFun has worked to be one of the best known guide services in the Cumberland Plateau region and will work hard to deliver “big trophy fish”.  You can count on the fact that your group will be treated with the utmost professional care and safety.

Different than many basic guide services, StriperFun also caters to corporate groups as well as to families (and couples).  Our guide boats are covered and heated during the winter months to get clients out of inclement weather. Our trips include all equipment & tackle as well as bait. Your trip also includes the cleaning and bagging of your catch (Lake trips) as well as photos for you to remember your trip.

Jim personally charters out of a 2015 new 24 foot center console Alweld Escort Bay boat.  Powered by a 2015 Mercury 150 four (4) stroke outboard (I love my Mercury!).  She is quiet to sneak up on big fish and fast to cover a lot of water!  She has 24 mile radar, full Humminbird electronics, a Minn Kota trolling motor, a 50 Gallon Super Bait Tank, a huge 7 foot long 6 foot wide Atlantic Towers T-Top (covering you from rain) and is heated and can be quickly enclosed for really cold or wet days.  This rig is the ultimate guide boat!  She has “tons” of for moving around and fighting big fish and also has comfortable seating for the trip.

All StriperFun guide boats have the most modern electronics, fishing gear and Coast Guard safety equipment and are covered in inclement weather for customer comfort!

StriperFun is a strong supporter of our nation’s military men and women as well as our police and firefighters, offering a 10 % discount as a “thank you” for their service!

GIVE THE BEST GIFT OF ALL, A FISHING TRIP WITH CAPTAIN JIM AND STRIPERFUN GUIDE SERVICE!

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

 

Remember also to always obey all Kentucky and TN fishing regulations while on Lake Cumberland or any Kentucky (or Tennessee) waterway. Following the rules is a must! It is important that we all be good stewards of our fishing resources. If you have any questions about fishing regulations or to report poachers, call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 800-858-1549.

Until next time, blue skies and tight lines!

 

Jim Durham