Scenic City Fishing Charters announced another expansion and is now offering seven fishing guides to serve anglers who want to explore Tennessee waterways.
In business since 2006, Scenic City Fishing Charters provides guided fishing trips for bass, trophy catfish, crappie and now trout.
Guide Scott Lillie "is now offering a unique opportunity very few other guides in Tennessee, or even the South, provide. Lillie specializes in deep-water trolling techniques using downriggers and planer boards. He can carry up to two anglers targeting lake trout, rainbow trout and brown trout. Bass and walleye are also potential side benefits.
"Unlike the other six Scenic City Fishing guides, Lillie does not fish on Chattanooga's doorstep. He hits the road focusing specifically on Watauga, Dale Hollow, Chilhowee and Calderwood reservoirs. Many of Tennessee's deep, cold water mountain reservoirs harbor excellent populations of trout thanks to the state's aggressive reservoir stocking programs. Lillie's favorite summer lake is Watauga in Upper East Tennessee.
"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."
"This is due to a well-established thermocline which bottlenecks the fish into a narrower band of water where their preferred water temperature is located,” he said. “Also, rainbow trout have returned from spawning in the upper lake tributaries.”
Lillie joins the six other guides already working with Scenic City Fishing Charters, making it one of the largest professional fishing guide operations in Tennessee. TripAdvisor rates Scenic City Fishing Charters as a “5-Star, Hall of Fame” business and the #1 Outdoor Activity in Chattanooga (out of 41 outdoor-oriented businesses).
Along with Capt. Lillie, Capt. Richard Simms is also backed up by Capt. Sam Simons, Capt. Ben Hayes, Capt. Ty Konkle, Capt. Joe Jellison and Capt. Chris Peters.
CAPT. RICHARD SIMMS
Born 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 news journalist for a Chattanooga television station and freelance outdoor writer. Capt. Simms created Scenic City Fishing Charters in 2006, guiding part-time in the beginning. He gave up his television career in 2014 devoting himself to the guide business full-time.
"Scenic City Fishing Charters truly is a labor of love for me," said Capt. Simms. "Chattanooga city and business leaders have done an awesome job developing our riverfront. But our desire is to get folks off of dry land and out onto the water. It is one thing to see giant fish in the Tennessee Aquarium. It is another experience altogether to see one on the end of your line."
CAPT. BEN HAYES
Capt. Ben Hayes is the primary traditional bass guide (using artificial lures) for Scenic City Fishing Charters. 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 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. SAM SIMONS
Capt. Simons is a teacher, guiding part-time when he's not in the classroom. His peers in education circles call him "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. TY KONKLE
Captain Ty Konkle is perhaps the best trophy catfish guide for Scenic City Fishing Charters with what often 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. JOE JELLISON
Capt. Joe Jellison actually started out as a client of Scenic City Fishing Charters. Now the student has become the teacher. 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 86,000 subscribers, garnering national, if not worldwide notoriety.
CAPT. CHRIS PETERS
Capt. Chris Peters runs traditional largemouth bass trips on Chickamauga Lake along with Capt. Hayes. When he's not on the water chasing bass, Capt. Peters serves his community battling blazes as a fulltime firefighter. Capt. Peters grew up on Chickamauga Lake where he cut his teeth as a young tournament angler fishing local tournaments. He has consistently placed high on the leader board of Chattanooga Bass Association Tournament Trail and other tournament trails along the Tennessee River System.
GUIDE SCOTT LILLIE
Guide Scott 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.” 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 Lillie. Lillie also makes and sells his own lures.