Help finding a place to catch skipjack

Discussion in 'LOCAL TENNESSEE TALK' started by GUP, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. GUP

    GUP New Member

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    Hello all. I am hoping one of you Tennessee gentlemen would be willing to share some information. My friend and I are planning a trip on Aug 9th to go somewhere (KY or TN) and try to catch some skipjack. Hopefully we can catch enough to last about a year for the two of us. I have heard that Tennessee has a good population. Would anyone be willing to give a helping hand and give me some tips on where to go?

    Thanks in advance,
    Gup
     
  2. fekum

    fekum New Member

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    I live in Clarksville and the only place I have found to catch skipjack around here is at the Cumberland city Steam plant. Last summer, they were pulling them in sometimes 3 at a time. Good luck!
     

  3. shadguts

    shadguts New Member

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    I wish I could help you but I have had trouble finding them myself. Made a trip to Pickwick and Wheeler dam Monday and never got a bite. Maybe someone knows something I don't but you'll more than likely have a hard time during that part of the year. Good luck to you.
     
  4. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    The skips are normally pretty good at the steam plant, but I don't know about this time of year
     
  5. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

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    I usually catch them at Old Hick dam or at Chutes Branch..They have been rather slow..Its usually early spring when we catch them by the boatloads..I've probably been averaging 4 or 5 skippies, usually late evening time..Just enough to use for the night..
     
  6. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Don't know, this late in the year. I hear there's not a lot of water flow on the Tennessee River, and current is the key to lots of skipjack. The best time to stock up at Pickwick is late April/early May. I like to trailer a freezer over, and get them frozen quickly as possible, but I can't do that very often.
     
  7. Zing

    Zing Member

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    I catch mine below Pickwick, but I have not tried since the spring, maybe I can give you a better report soon. The last couple times I have been not a lot of skip action going on that I can remember.
     
  8. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat New Member

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    They have far and few between, like everybody has said spring is good and if we had been getting some more rain I can catch them all summer below about any dam but this summer and last summer have been no good.
     
  9. TITANSFAN2104

    TITANSFAN2104 New Member

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    BELOW THE CORDELL HULL DAM IN CARTHAGE!! BEEN ABOUT A MONTH SINCE IVE BEEN BUT EARLY MORNING WE CAUGHT ABOUT 80 WITHIN ABOUT AN HOUR!!!
     
  10. k_ro_jr

    k_ro_jr New Member

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    chad is right, I can't remember a time I have been to the Cordell Hull dam and have not caught skipjack, as long as they are generating, which they have not been doing lately, check here for releases http://tva.com/river/lakeinfo/index.htm.