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Don't always expect "fast and furious," but if you are a dedicated smallmouth addict who lives for the freight train thrill that only "brown fish" can provide, Capt. Josh will do his best to put you on 'em.
Several years ago area bass anglers lobbied the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to manage our section of the Tennessee River for trophy smallmouth bass, one of the hardest fighting fish found in freshwater. The effort has paid dividends, especially in the tailwaters downstream from Chickamauga Dam (the headwaters on Nickajack Lake). Capt. Josh Antwine is just the man who knows exactly where they live.
Most of our bass guides prefer to target largemouth on Chickamauga Lake upstream from the dam. However Capt. Antwine specializes in mixed bag tailwater fishing, where river current is the name of the game.
It is possible to catch smallmouth year-round, but cool weather months are best - and even if the smallmouth are finicky, Capt. Antwine can find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass or even crappie in the flowing tailwaters.
Capt. Antwine has been fishing his whole life and has become an expert on area waters. His passion is to share our bountiful fishery with everyone who boards his boat. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a new to fishing, Capt. Antwine can introduce you to our unique tailwaters where you honestly never know what you might catch.
Anglers are allowed to only keep one smallmouth per day, 18-inches or longer, but we encourage "catch & release" on all smallmouth.