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The cold waters of the Cumberland river down stream from the Wolf Creek Dam are some of the best river fishing for Striper in the the southern US.  The fish are bigger and stronger than in the lakes simply because the water is always moving – so they are always moving. They are bigger, stronger and like my mother-in-law, meaner.  The record striper for the river is 56 pounds, we have boated a 54 pounder, and we had a 47 pound striped bass in the boat during the 2022 season. The fish are there, and we know how to get them in the baot.

The best days always fill up quickly – give Captain Johnny Rush a call today to book your Cumberland River or Dale Hollow trip to catch a fish of a lifetime.

20 pounders are an every day occurance. Fish like this one get boated a couple of times a week.

Some of my favoite people are kids.

One of my favorite things in the world to do is to hand a kid a fishing pole with a big fish on the other end.  Don’t be shy about bringing your son or daughter or grandkid, or shoot, the neighbor’s kid along with you (just make sure your neighbor knows). They will remember fighting and landing their first big fish for ther rest of their lives, and you for taking the time to bring them along…and what a great thing to teach them to start doing (instead of video games).

My Rates:


Full Day:

To fish for Striper and Brown Trout on the Cumberland River or Smallmouth on Dale Hollow:

$300 for up to two people; $50 per person for more than two.


Half Day (4 hours):

$250 for up to 2 – for Smallmouth & Trout (only – no 1/2 day striper trips)

$50 per person for more than 2 for a 4 hour day

Or text him at 270.459.0621

Available year-around for fishing the best locations in Kentucky and Tennessee for Striper, Brown Trout and Smallmouth Bass, father and son guides John and Johnny are 2nd and 3rd generation guides on the same waters that their dad and granddad guided on. They know the water and they know the fish.

Give Rainbow Guide Service a call today @270.459.0621