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the damming itself changes the rivers confiquration, look for deeper holes by the outlet where the faster water scours out the holes, followed by a tailing or shallower place where the heavier rocks and gravel form a hard bank behind the hole where the heavier stuff settles out,depending on the current this can change all the time as water moves alot of sediment,there should be a riffle behind the hard bank and then things should continue back to a normal pattern. also unseen currents can put a hole in some weird places, alot depends on the size of river and dam you are fishing. don't overlook the backwash eddies and such as good spots to fish, often times they are better than the main current if baitfiish are holding there.
 

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Right up as close to the dam as you can get sometimes. Right in front of an abutment (column) is slack water. I sometimes try casting to the 1st abutment, if nothing there after a while, cast to the 2nd abutment, and on down the line until you reach maximum casting distance. Cut skipjack or shad, live shad minnows, cut bluegill, or whatever forage fish is available
 
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