Welcome to Bakers Outdoors!
In 1970, Steve Baker had a vision of creating a guide service targeting the Trophy Stripers, Largemouth Bass, and Smallmouth Bass that every angler dreams of catching. A once in a lifetime fish read about in magazines and seen on television. In the fertile waters of the Tennessee River, running along the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee, and the world-renowned big bass factory of Lake Toho and the Kissimmee Chain, just outside Orlando, Florida, this quest became a reality.
Throughout his over 40 year career as a full-time angler, traveling between the states, his persistence and continual on-the-water education, earned him a reputation of being one of the best trophy guides dedicated to producing results. Steve has produced over 5,000 30-pound+ stripers (over three dozen exceeding the 50-pound mark), numerous double-digit largemouth, and smallmouths pushing up to 8 pounds. In 2006, it was time for Steve to pass down this tradition. He began teaching his son Lance to follow in his footsteps and learn exactly what it takes to be successful on and off the water, how to understand your customers’ goals, and what it takes to succeed at putting that fish of a lifetime in the boat for them.
In 2009, Lance started to work side-by-side with Steve on guide trips and began pushing forward with his own fishing career. After many years of fishing locally, Lance stepped up in 2014 to the FLW BFL as a Co-Angler, in between helping his Dad guide in the spring and working a full-time job. Lance’s tournament route started by learning from some of the best bass fishing pros in the industry. He began working his way to the top and successfully made it through each rank of the FLW, qualifying in three short years through each series: the BFL in 2014 (13th), the Rayovac in 2015 (4th), and the FLW TOUR in 2016, finishing that season ranked 19th for the COY race.
Florida: In the winter months of January and February, we are only 30 minutes outside Orlando at Lake Toho Resort in St. Cloud. We focus on catching a potential double-digit Largemouth Bass on Lake Toho and the surrounding Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. We can assist you with suggesting possible accommodations and there’s an endless supply of great things to do, such as Walt Disney World, Sea World Orlando, and beautiful beaches to explore, so bring the family!
Tennessee: From March to May, we move our guide services to the famous Tennessee River just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. We focus on catching the lightning-fast, landlocked, Striped Bass and Smallmouth Bass at the peak of the spring season. It’s not uncommon for us to have 25+ fish days this time of year, and the chances of catching an absolute Tennessee giant are very close to being a guarantee. Take a look through our photo gallery and testimonials to see the potential for yourself!
We invite you to take a tour through our website and see the many packages and options that we have to offer. There is truly something for everyone – including the Grand Slam of fishing BOTH locations.
Thank you for taking time to share our passion and learn our story. For those who’ve fished with us in the past years, feel free to email us a testimonial, even a photo if you have one, and we’ll get your Trophy up on display in the gallery for everyone to see. We look forward to fishing with old friends and meeting new friends, as we bring you a once-in-a-lifetime trip that you’ll share with others forever.
Steve & Lance Baker