New Johnsonville Area in TN.

Discussion in 'TENNESSEE RIVERS TALK' started by visualtec, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. visualtec

    visualtec New Member

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    I am fishing this weekend in the New Johnsonville area of Kentucky lake. Can anyone give me some spots to fish for a monster? I catch and release. I would appreciate any help.
     
  2. Catwagon

    Catwagon New Member

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    Justin, TX
    Hi Visualtec,

    Just a note first. We check all these forum categories daily and if you'll post your question in just one spot we'll still find it and respond. =)

    I fish that area all the time. If you put in at New Johnsonville you can fish the nearby bridge pilings starting with the deepest ones first and move on to the shallower ones until you find them at the depth that they prefer for that day. be cautious if you're fishing the west end of the bridge next to the bank. There's an old demolished bridge there and you'll lose TONS of terminal tackle along with your anchor if you're not really careful.
    My fav spot is just upstream a few miles at Rockport. There's a big, easy to find bluff with a secondary channel running next to it on the western bank with some really interesting structure including large felled trees, drop offs and deep flats. It's a few miles to the south of the hwy 70 bridge on a map and a little ways upstream from Birdsong resort, you can't miss it.

    I see you're from Michigan so let me just caution you that Kentucky lake has alot of barge traffic and they move pretty fast so be careful and don't take any chances. They can be on you in no time.

    Steve
     

  3. visualtec

    visualtec New Member

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    Did you anchor or drift near rockport? Are those locations "big fish" spots? What is the best bait to try?

    Thanks,

    Don
     
  4. Catwagon

    Catwagon New Member

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    I anchor at Rockport becuase of the current when they're generating. You can drift and bump the bottom if you prefer though.
    And yep, pretty nice fish there. The biggest was 47 lbs and the others usually average 20-30 pounds. I've heard reports of a few 70's and 80's in the area but I haven't tangled with one that big myself.

    Per your PM, try cast netting for shad from any of the ramps on the river proper. Be aware that there's tons of riprap everywhere you go so watch your net.
    My favorite bait is a nice fresh skippy; heads, fillets, guts, it really doesn't matter.

    Steve
     
  5. visualtec

    visualtec New Member

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    Thanks Steve. I am leaving Michigan at 3pm today and should get to Kentucky Dam around 10pm to try to catch some Skipjack. Do they bite at night? I have caught them mornings and afternoons there but have never tried at night. If not, is there someone you know that I could meet on the way to Buchanon Landing or between there and Birdsong to buy some?

    You probably wont respond before I get off work at 2:00 so here is my cell number if you can help. 313-478-2894.

    Thanks for all your help. Maybe we can wet a line together this fall/winter.


    Don Sweet
    Visual Films
    www.visualfilms.com
     
  6. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    We catch them all the time at night here on the Cumberland River at the Cheatham Dam. Not always in great quantities, but almost always we can get enough for bait. I don't think skippies have a particular time to bite. If there's shad, they're feasting. LOL
     
  7. dickieboy

    dickieboy New Member

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    Fished New J'ville today. Caught 1-6lb blue. Tried the steam plant harbor with no luck. Went to Rockport - no luck. Caught the one on the west side of the channel at the power lines. Tried both turkey liver and frozen shipjacks. Water was 51 degrees and 60 in the harbor. Talked to several who didn't have much luck either but it was a nice day on the river.
     
  8. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    Did you play with the depthfinder any today?
    I will be on Pickwick lake in the Am and idle aobut 10 miles just looking and marking stuff ..
    PEte
     
  9. dickieboy

    dickieboy New Member

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    Cedar Grove, TN
    You've got to be kidding! OF COURSE. The routine today was pretty much, put out the jugs then scout for 1-2 hours, pick them up move to newly found spot, put them out, then scout for 1-2 more hours.

    Did find some 'hidden' stake beds (you know what I mean) and pitched twister tails to but no takers. Also marked some real weird things but not sure what they were. I haven't figured out how to save the screens yet. Only got a SD card this past week, updated the software and NOW can freeze the screen and see/move the cursor. Not sure yet how to use and no answer on the gps connection yet but I sent an email to the guy you told me about.

    Also having trouble getting transducer right. No high speed use, depth goes wild. I think it is too far in the water as I have tried adjusting the angle. I'm sure the SS doesn't work well at faster speeds but I do like to know how close the bottom is. MAN, i forgot how shallow winter pool is. Alot of places were dry today.