Well that doesn't sound very promising for skipjack. In the past I've been able to pick them up at Nickajack or Cordell Hull dams, but those places haven't been productive for me this winter. Does anyone know of any other decent places to try them in middle TN?I have tried for bait but it's almost always a waste of my time for bait if I catch 10 skips I am happy but for cats I head down stream from the bridge. I haven't caught much around the steam plant, but from the bridge to the dam I have had some really good days.
Thanks man. I don't know where those spots are since I haven't been there yet, but those are the kind of pointers I was looking for. I just hope I can find the skips so I CAN do some catfishing there. I've had terrible luck getting bait.I've fished the steamplant for more than 25yrs. I can usually catch enough bait to fish for as long as I want. I always fished for stripers at the mouth of the discharge at night. If I were after big cats..........I would try the area around the skimmer wall. You know where that is ???????? There are some deep holes around there and I have caught some good cats there in the years gone by. Flatheads...blues and Large channels too.:wink:
John are you saying you walked in to the intake canel past the wall?Sometimes you can tear up the skipjacks and other times you can't buy one. If you try at the discharge...(warm water ) and dont catch them you can always go to the intake area...( skimmer-wall)..cold water and catch them even in the winter. They are always there , but you have to fish your jigs slowly and deeply this is on the inside of the wall about half way down into the intake channel. I've caught big stripers and big cats there too.:crazy:
Is this rock exposed next to the bank, and it it on the left going upstream from the wallIn the 80's and 90's when the fishing was fantastic at the Gallatin steamplant. I caught over fifty stripers that weighed over 20 lbs. My largest was 45 lbs. Members of my family caught bigger ones even up to 58 lbs. all at the discharge and mostly at night. Most of my big ones were caught at the mouth of the channel at night. Over in the intake channel in October of 92, I caught one that weighed 42 lbs and lost one the same night that might have went 60+. It was the largest striper I have ever seen. We've caught some monster cats over there as well. Just beyond the skimmer wall is a rock that sits out in the water all by itself and is on the left side just pass the skimmer wall. There have been Flatheads caught there that you just wouldn't believe. So I wont even say any more about that. It is called the Devils-teatable . It has a reputation for producing large flatheads even before the lake was made and there was only a river channel there. Anyone that would like to truly catch a monster flat...you shoul give the rock a try . You will need heavy equipment.:crazy:
We used to be able to drive to the skimmer wall. We would walk across the skimmer wall and walk up the bank towards the steamplant. About half way up the channel there is a bend and it begins to narrow down . This is the spot to try for skipjacks and fish for monster stripers and Cats. I would sit there and fish with cut skipjack heads or strips of cutbait. I started fishing there because of all the idiots up at the discharge and I quickly started fishing there all the time. The fish come and go under the skimmer wall at will. Sometimes they are in there thick and sometimes not so thick, but I wouldn't give up on it no matter what. I know you can't drive in there anymore, but you can tie up to the skimmer wall and get out and walk in a bit. Just dont leave anything in your boat worth stealing that isn't chained and locked in. There are some theives out there. You should give this a try from now to mid-summer it can be a silent producer of giant fish!:big_smile:John are you saying you walked in to the intake canel past the wall?
The Devils tea table is on the left just pass the skimmer wall. It is close to the bank with trees around it. The water is really deep around it and it holds some bigguns. You might have to go slow to see it. It has been a while since I was there and fished it, but it is there. I'm not sure how close it is to the skimmer wall but its not too far. It is between the skimmer wall and the boat ramp on steamplant road. Fresh cut bait and live bluegils= big Flatheads in the spring and summer months. We fished it mainly at night.:crazy:Is this rock exposed next to the bank, and it it on the left going upstream from the wall
I don't remember seeing it when I was there
Thanks for the great info brother I'm fairly new to the area and can use all the help i can get:wink: