Kentucky dam tailwater report

Discussion in 'KENTUCKY LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by unclebear174, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. unclebear174

    unclebear174 New Member

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    I went last night with another catman. Fished from 3:00pm to 10:00. We had only caught 4 channels by 7:00. There was very little water being pushed through the dam. Striper fisherman were loading their boats with 3-way riged shad and shad baits. Bank fisherman were catching stripers and cats. I could not see what they were using. There were untold numbers of shad in the spillway. They were so small that I could only catch a few with a cast net after 30 minutes. We went to sabiki rigs to finally catch the bait. Right before sundown all the fisherman left the river. The dam slowed down thier release even further.
    Once darkness set in the fish went crazy. We started getting several strikes on each drift. The stripers began schooling the shad to the surface. After the second eruption we switched to fish for stripers. In 45 minutes we landed 2 stripers (8#/6#), a blue cat (6#) and a flathead (15#) and missed 2-3 dozen strikes. I caught the flathead and the blue on a Hyper Striper jig. The Flathead was in a slackwater area next to the spillway and the blue hit it drifting along a flat. After a unlucky summer it is nice to be in the right place at the right time.
     
  2. rodpod

    rodpod New Member

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    Glad you had a good night. I didnt have very much luck this summer either. Im gonna try to fish there during the national gathering next weekend. Maybe catch some skips to freeze. Were there any people catching skipjack? You should come meet alot of the members if you live close by.
     

  3. BIGCAT GarryEads

    BIGCAT GarryEads Head Cheese of the USCA!

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    Mike, welcome to the BOC

    BIGCAT GarryEads
     
  4. unclebear174

    unclebear174 New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome BIGCAT. Rodpod, The only baitfish I saw being caught were small shad. The tailwater was overflowing with them so there should be some skips feeding on them.
     
  5. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    welcome aboard unclebear
     
  6. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    I was thinking of tryin to hit the dam up as well I have never caught a striper before they sure sound fun to catch. During the national.

    Thanks for the Info. Welcome to The BOC.
     
  7. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    WElcome brother:cool2:
     
  8. Cat King

    Cat King New Member

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    welcome aboard brother:smile2:
     
  9. kykatattack

    kykatattack New Member

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    good luck keep those rods bent (hook up fish on)




    hook up fish on
     
  10. catfishn72

    catfishn72 New Member

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    congrats on your night out.
     
  11. Ryder george

    Ryder george New Member

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    Ryder george
    Going next week to Kentucky dam may stop at Barkley dam on the way home still searching for that big fish on my new tangling with catfish rod.
     
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  12. Ryder george

    Ryder george New Member

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    When do people usually start fishing the dams in KY not from here any help appreciated
     
  13. Ryder george

    Ryder george New Member

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    Got cut bait from our stream will be searching for cats when I go wedeadly or thursday
     
  14. Ryder george

    Ryder george New Member

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    Is anyone going next week to Kentucky dam where is a good spot to fish down there
     
  15. wadekaminski

    wadekaminski Well-Known Member

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    Wade
    I would recommend looking at the water level and outflow data... outflow has almost doubled in the past 48hours due to all the rain.
     
  16. Ryder george

    Ryder george New Member

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    Thanks wade you fish the dams often I live in Christian county and hate making the drive to find I can't fish the rail section of the lower handicap ramp
     
  17. Ryder george

    Ryder george New Member

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    Anyone know how deep lower barkley dam is at the handicap ramp lower end
     
  18. Ryder george

    Ryder george New Member

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    Wade you know the numbers for the water level at barkley dam when you can go all the way down the handicap ramp to the first hole and fish thanks in advance
     
  19. wadekaminski

    wadekaminski Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I do not know.