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I started Mel's Striper Guide Service, striped bass fishing charters, a few years ago.  After about 10 years working part time for a friend of mine, I decided to strike out on my own full time, offering guided fishing trips on Norris Lake in Maynardville Tennessee.   Being a lifelong resident of Union County, I have fished the beautiful waters of Norris Lake all my life.  I am a licensed and insured US Coast Guard Captain and It is my number one priority to make your next day of striper fishing your greatest day of fishing.  Striper fishing is not just for guys so bring your wives and kids.  I'm a family oriented fishing guide so you won't need to worry about my conduct or language around your family or friends. 



I have both a 21 ft. center console and an 18 ft. Crestliner boat, each outfitted with the latest most practical fishing equipment.  The boat(s) we use for your trip will depend on circumstances surrounding your trip and needs.  The fishing gear and tackle will also be well maintained helping to insure your success when you hook " the big one".



Norris lake is located just north of Knoxville Tennessee and a few miles off of Interstate 75. It's blue green year round and is one of the cleanest lakes in East Tennessee. With over 800 miles of pristine shoreline and covering 34,000 acres, your day of striper fishing promises to be action packed. We catch several hundred striped bass each year in these clear waters, many of which are released unharmed to catch another day.  

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Mel's Striper Guide Service

(865) 661-7806