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: March 10th, 2023

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



The early spring striper fishing on Lake Cumberland (southern KY) is terrific, with limits of nice 10-to-15-pound Stripes caught on many days and the occasional 20 pounder as well! We troll live bait on planer boards 10 to 30 feet deep, concentrating on main creek channel points. We also troll Captain Jim Umbrella rigs and cast “Striper Magic” lures. With multiple full-time guides, StriperFun offers day trips on Lake Cumberland year-round (weather permitting).


The Striper – Hybrid fishing on Cherokee Lake is very popular with our clients. In April, we troll live bait on planer boards 10 to 30 feet deep and also downline on suspended schools of fish, concentrating on main creek channel points. Fishing is simply off the chart! 20 and 30 fish days are frequent (TN allows catch and release! With three full time guides, StriperFun offers day trips on Cherokee Lake year-round (weather permitting).


Starting each April 1st, we begin Walleye fishing on Dale Hollow at night under hydro glow lights (a great product we sell!), on lake points with drop offs and grass bed edges. Our techniques include jigging, live bait “snagging” and casting – casting a variety of lures, blade baits and jigging spoons. You will want to anchor up and be in place at least an hour before sunset. It is best to spend time during daylight hours “scouting” these lake points, grass beds or drop offs so you are not disoriented at night. We then begin day trips in June, running through October.

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, all Captain Jim’s Guide Service guides (16 guides on 16 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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