GUIDE SCOTT LILLIE
Guide Scott Lillie specializes in deep-water trolling techniques using downriggers, planer boards, and directional divers. Lillie cut his teeth learning to troll for trout and salmon on the Great Lakes. He grew to love the very specialized downrigging and trolling techniques and has transferred the skills acquired over 30 years to Tennessee. He says, “These tools allow us to present our baits in water that is impossible to fish using traditional techniques.” There is no experience or angling expertise required. It can be a great new experience for the avid trout angler, OR the same great experience for someone who has never touched a fishing rod, including kids. Lillie can carry up to two anglers targeting lake trout, rainbow trout and brown trout. Bass and walleye are also potential side benefits. And best of all, it is on beautiful water in some of the most scenic areas Tennessee has to offer. As the saying goes, “Trout only live in pretty places.” Sit back, relax and enjoy a unique trout fishing trip with Scott. Scott also makes and sells his own lures. Learn more here.
CAPT. RICHARD SIMMS
Born right here in Chattanooga, Capt. Simms began his career in conservation as a game warden for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency before becoming a wildlife photographer and public relations officer for TWRA. Along came children and the desire to come back to Chattanooga, leading to a second career as a professional broadcast journalist and freelance outdoor writer. He has a book in print called, "An Outdoor State of Mind." Capt. Simms created Scenic City Fishing Charters in 2006, guiding part-time in the beginning. He gave up his "real job" in 2014 devoting himself to the guide business full-time. Scenic City Fishing Charters truly is a labor of love for Capt. Simms. While he branches out for other species, Capt. Simms considers catfish and Springtime crappie fishing his "happy place." His favorite is what we call our "light tackle catfishing" technique. Capt. Simms can carry up to three anglers in his 17-foot G3 Angler deep-V, however two is more comfortable. You'll find his Scenic City Fishing YouTube Channel here.
CAPT. BEN HAYES
Capt. Ben Hayes is our primary traditional bass guide (using artificial lures). He caught his first bass when he was six years old. Chickamauga has been his home lake for nearly thirty years and he says it has been very exciting to see it grow into one of the finest bass lakes in the country. Capt. Hayes has ranked among the Top 10 anglers on the Chattanooga Bass Association Tournament Trail, which has long been known as having the best bass fishermen on Chickamauga Lake. There was a day when a 5-pound bass got folks excited on Chickamauga. But the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been stocking Florida-strain largemouth since the year 2000. Now anglers don't get too excited until someone breaks the 10-pound barrier. Capt. Hayes is a full-time guide and loves to help others catch the big bass, guiding all abilities of fishermen... from Mom's and Dad's taking their young children on their first bass fishing trip, to seasoned tournament anglers. Capt. Hayes fishes from a 20-foot Triton. He can accommodate up to three anglers.
CAPT. JOE JELLISON
We are proud to have Capt. Jellison under the Scenic City Fishing umbrella. Capt. Jellison actually started out as a client of Scenic City Fishing. Now the student has become the teacher. Of course like Capt. Simons, Capt. Jellison is a teacher, guiding part-time, fulltime during the summer and during other breaks from the classroom. His catfishing exploits are known far and wide thanks to his incredibly popular YouTube Channel called Chatt Cats Fishing with more than 100,000 subscribers, garnering national, if not worldwide notoriety. Capt. Jellison fishes from a 17-foot G3 Jon boat and can most comfortably carry two anglers.
CAPT. SAM SIMONS
Capt. Simons is a teacher, guiding part-time except during the summer and other school breaks. In the classroom he is called "The Fishing Teacher." He and Capt. Simms became friends in 2009 when they teamed up for one of Capt. Simons' student outings, rewarding top performing students with a fishing trip. Soon afterwards Capt. Simons decided guiding was the perfect way to spend his days away from the classroom "educating" others about the bountiful fishing opportunities on the Tennessee River. Capt. Simons is primarily a catfish guide, but when possible, takes pride in combo trips for catfish and bass. We consider him our "live bait specialist." He is the hardest working man there is with a cast net. Whenever the river is willing to give up some of her bountiful crop of baitfish, Capt. Simons is the man to catch it. And there is a good chance he will use it to produce more big bass than most folks have ever seen in a day. He’s also learning more and more about trolling for crappie during the spring crappie season. Capt. Simons fishes from a 20-foot G3 Jon boat and can accommodate up to four people, provided two are children (90 lbs. or less).
CAPT. TY KONKLE
Captain Ty Konkle is perhaps our best trophy catfish guide with what sometimes seems to be an uncanny ability to find river monsters. He considers himself "a student of all things catfish." He even keeps a huge aquarium stocked with Blue and Flathead Catfish in his home. He loves catching numbers and is certainly good at it, but given the choice he likes to "go big or go home." He says that's why the phrase, "It's called fishing, not catching!” is sometimes true. Capt. Konkle covers the most locations to find big cats, and will recommend waters up to 45 min away if they are producing well. Capt Konkle's favorite time of year is the "Flathead Bite" occurring pre-spawn in the spring during April and May. He holds the largest recorded TARP (Tennessee Angler Recognition Program) Flathead in the state of Tennessee with an 87 lb., 56-inch beast. Capt. Komkle fishes from 18-foot Bayhawk Center Console, outfitted with a 115hp Suzuki 4-stroke outboard. It can comfortably hold two anglers but he can safely carry three when desired. Check out his YouTube Video Channel here.
CAPT. CHRIS PETERS
Capt. Chris Peters runs traditional largemouth bass trips along with Capt. Hayes. When he's not chasing bass, Chris serves his community battling blazes as a fulltime firefighter. Chris grew up on Chickamauga Lake where he cut his teeth as a tournament angler. He has consistently placed high on the Chattanooga Bass Association Tournament Trail and placed second among the top pros across the country in the BASS Eastern Open on Chickamauga. He fishes out of a 20-foot Phoenix. He can accommodate up to 4 anglers, although like Capt. Hayes, only 3 anglers can fish at once. Chris and Capt. Hayes are good friends and routinely sharing information to stay on top of the latest best bite. On the days he isn't firefighting Chris is ready and willing to hit the water with you for largemouth bass, and occasionally smallmouth bass below the dam!