June 23, 2017
Jim Durham (120 articles)



DATE OF REPORT: June 23rd, 2017

• Latest water temperature: 81.6 ° F surface (Main Lake – Cumberland): June 23rd, 2017
• Latest water temperature: 80.9 ° F surface (Indian Creek – Cumberland): June 23rd, 2017
• Latest water temperature: 49.3 ° F surface (Cumberland River): June 22nd, 2017

Currently, the Lake Cumberland level is right at 721.48 feet above sea level. The lake is now 4 feet 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 4at 2,100 cubic feet per second per hour.

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



Just wanted to let you know THE STRIPERS ARE RED HOT AT LAKE CUMBERLAND RIGHT NOW!  We have availability via rescheduling (realize it is last minute) this Sunday or next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and 4th of July week if you want to go!  Hope to hear from you!  931-403-2501

One of my guys hit 12 keepers in the first 45 minutes this morning!  Fishing had been slow the last few weeks because of the late spawn BUT THEY ARE ON FIRE NOW!!!  Enjoy some photos!

The last few weeks the lake fishing was strong on certain days but slow on others.  The culprit being the high water that caused an extremely “late” spawn.  It was feast or famine certain days.


The fish have snapped out of their “funk” and have finally amassed into huge schools.  The , limits were caught fast the last few days.  Enjoy some of the recent photos of nice Stripers from the lake.

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

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, 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!

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Until next time, blue skies and tight lines!






Captain Jim Durham

United States Air Force Veteran

U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer Captain – License No. 1037731

Kentucky State Guide License # 007 –  Tennessee State Guide License

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 8th Eastern – Division 11

Patrol Coxswain and Search and Rescue Officer

East Clay County TN  Fire Dept

Firefighter and Search and Rescue Officer

Owner StriperFun Guide Service

Owner Tennessee Walleye Charters


Owner Captain Jim Marine Electronics

Owner Captain Jim Lures

Mercury Marine Pro Team

Humminbird, Cannon and Minn Kota Field Staff member





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