Captain Jim – KY Fishing Report

By Captain Jim Durham

Owner StriperFun Guide Service, Tennessee and Kentucky Walleye, Bass, Crappie and Muskie Charters,, Captain Jim Marine Electronics and much more.

DATE OF REPORT: July 9th, 2022

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


The Laurel River Dam Trace is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. We fish for Stripers in the “cold” trace waters that flow out of the Laurel Lake Dam for a mile then into the Cumberland River! This area is located only 25 minutes from Corbin KY, 20 minutes north of Jellico TN and only 55 minutes south of Lexington KY.

Limits are caught frequently, with some 30 to 40 fish days as well (catch and release is allowed)! Prime season is July and August!


Tims Ford Reservoir is on the Elk River and is about 86 miles from Nashville. In Tims Ford, the fish densities are greater than most of the other TVA Reservoirs due to the high-level dense forage base of Threadfin Shad, Gizzard Shad, and Alewife.

The Striper and Hybrid fishing is simply off the chart! 20 and 30 fish days are frequent (TN allows catch and release!). StriperFun offers day trips on Tims Ford lake year-round (weather permitting). We use fresh caught live Gizzard and Alewives shad, as well as a variety of artificial lures to cast and troll with! We troll umbrella rigs to target suspended schools of fish.

It is great to be alive and be a “free” American! I look forward to seeing all of you this year on the water. 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!

Until next time, blue skies and tight lines!

With full State licensing and insurance, any of Captain Jim’s Guide Service guides (16 guides on 14 waterways) can take you on a safe, fun and unforgettable fishing adventure! Check out all of our fishing services as well as our exclusive “online” store at or call 931-403-2501 to make reservations today.

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