The Beautiful Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee!


Cumberland River Catches

Capt Jim w/boat

The Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee

The Cumberland River in Tennessee

We offer monster Striper charters year-round on the Cumberland River for “world class” Stripers in Tennessee - from the Kentucky border all the way down 100 miles (through Celina and Gainesboro) to the Cordell Hull dam in Carthage TN (this is the Cordell Hull pool).  Then, then from the Cordell Hull dam we also offer Striper charters 100 (about miles) all the way to the Old Hickory Dam just before Nashville (the Old Hickory pool).

The Cumberland River in Kentucky

We “also” offer trips May through September on the Cumberland River in KY from below the Lake Cumberland Wolf Creek dam all the way down to the Tennessee border.

All of our trips on the Cumberland River are “catch and release”.  In the cold waters of the Cumberland River these big fish can be released and will swim away fast and healthy to be caught another day!


It is not uncommon to see 40 or even 50-pound Stripers pulled from the beautiful waters of the Cumberland River.  This fishing is not for the faint of heart however!  These big fish hit like freight trains, making long powerful runs in the constantly flowing waters of the river!  The Stripers are much larger in the Cumberland River system then in any other fresh waters.  Per the State Wildlife Boards, there is an average of over 15 Stripers caught annually in excess of 50 pounds and 40-pound fish are not uncommon.  The smallest fish we generally catch daily is over 3 feet long!  These fish fight the current all day, making them much heavier and strong than lake fish.

The KY State record is 56 pounds, and the TN State record is 65 pounds - both caught where we fish!  We use Trout and Gizzard for bait in TN and Gizzard only in KY!

When a big river Striper comes after a big bait, the big bait will be tail dancing all over the surface trying to get away.  Sometimes the “dance” will last half a minute (as you watch the big predator circling the prey!) until the Striper finally gets the bait then its “Kabam”!!  The rod gets yanked down and the reel is screaming!   We use large rods, heavy duty reels, 50-pound test line and titanium hooks!


Click here to view just some of the recent Cumberland River trip videos (in TN):

We can also arrange your lodging as a courtesy - Call us to learn about your lodging options at 931-403-2501!

Pricing Guide (Cumberland River)

$500 1 or 2 People

  • 5 hour Charter

Are you looking to have some fun catching big Striped Bass?  StriperFun Fishing Guide Service can put you on big fish on the beautiful Cumberland River!  Guided trips are available year-round, weather permitting.  The average Striper caught weighs 25 to 30 pounds on the river!

We are one of the largest guide services in the Cumberland region! All guides have years of experience, are trained in CPR and first aid and are fully licensed and insured! All of the StriperFun Captains have top of the line equipment as well. You will always be in good hands! We also specialize in corporate trips!

What to Bring with You – Check List

You will need to bring lunch, drinks, warm clothing, soft soled shoes (tennis or deck shoes), sun glasses, sun screen, hat, cooler for fish fillets and rain gear (if predicted). Fishing License is (mandatory).

Deposits & Cancellation Policy

A $100.00 deposit is required when you make your reservation for any StriperFun fishing trip.   The deposit is non-refundable, but we will reschedule with at least two (2) weeks advance notice.  Re-scheduling requests or cancellation without at least two (2) weeks advance notice will cause your deposit to be forfeit.

There is no bathroom on the boat, nor are there any close on the water restroom facilities. Men relieve themselves off the side of the boat and we have an emergency bucket available for the ladies.  If this is a problem, please advise us now before arriving for your trip.

Re-scheduling is not allowed because of predicted foul weather, including predicted rain.  We fish in the rain and your boat is covered.  The Captain reserves the right to re-schedule if the weather turns bad on the day of the trip.  Generally, this decision will be based upon high or dangerous muddy water, hazardous travel conditions (snow or ice) or frequent lightening the morning of the trip. If your trip is cancelled because of the aforementioned dangerous conditions, your deposit is good for another day.   

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Fishing Guide Service

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