Old Hickory Lake

Discussion in 'TENNESSEE LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by TennesseeJugger, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. TennesseeJugger

    TennesseeJugger New Member

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    My Brother is in from Arizona and wants to go jugging, going to take him out Sunday Night to Old Hickory. It may get a little chilly. Jugging is not allowed in Arizona.
     
  2. festus

    festus New Member

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    Good Luck, Jugger. I hear Arizona has some strange laws. Don't you have to buy another license to fish with a second rod?
     

  3. JBird01

    JBird01 New Member

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    Good luck to ya! Let us know how yall did
     
  4. Rohaus

    Rohaus Well-Known Member

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    Good luck Jugger. Be sure and gives us a report on the fishing.
     
  5. whiteriver

    whiteriver New Member

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    Good luck Don, I hope you and your brother catch enough to swamp the boat! ((:)crazy:)))
     
  6. TnRivershark

    TnRivershark New Member

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    boy if that were the case i would go broke just buying license for all of my rods, i like tenn more everyday:big_smile:
     
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  7. cattracker13

    cattracker13 New Member

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    Boats everywhere!!!!! Prefishing for a bass tournament this weekend. Put in at Flippers. UUGGGHHH
     
  8. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Flippers usually stays crowded yearround.
     
  9. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I used to dislike launching at flippers. It is always too crowded. Have you tried the ramp on steamplant road? Its very close to the skimmer wall....or the cairo ramp? A couple good options.
     
  10. cattracker13

    cattracker13 New Member

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    Yeah. I might try there next time. I like flippers because its lit up at night and usually plenty of parking. Fish near the Steam Plant and caught 2 Walleye or Sauger(not sure what they were) on live shiners and 1 channel on cut bait.
     
  11. cattracker13

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    Fish on the skimmer wall for skips and caught 1-20inch and 1-24inch striper using combo 2inch curly tails. Also caught a few skips for the freezer. Right before dark. That has been a fairly productive spot. I dont catch freezer fulls but I usually catch a few everytime I go. Anyone that needs bait this an option for ya.
    Just in case I dont post anything next week..

    HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!
     
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  12. festus

    festus New Member

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    John, is Gallatin Steam Plant generating this winter? Glad to hear you caught the stripers, they're starting to really pick up in East TN lately.

     
  13. cattracker13

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    I have not been up in the discharge side much at all. Went there about 3 weeks ago and they were generating, also saw fish on the radar. Fished for skips for about 30 min and did not catch anything. I think the water was too warm. If we would of stayed longer we might have caught some fish. The skimmer wall is on the intake side and thats where I caught the stripers and the skips. They are usually not in big numbers. I am hoping to go out this week sometime and try for bait at the plant. Mabey this weather is driving them up in there. Will let you know...
     
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  14. gotabig1

    gotabig1 New Member

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    yeah you do and i wish we could trout line to. we can buy them in the store just dont get cought with it in the water
     
  15. TnRivershark

    TnRivershark New Member

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    Some genious inbehind a desk cost tax payers a ton of money to come up with them smarts.:angry:
     
  16. TennesseeJugger

    TennesseeJugger New Member

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    What is this skimmer wall that you all are talking about?
     
  17. festus

    festus New Member

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    I used to work at Kingston Steam Plant and I'll tell ya what little I know. A skimmer wall is a dam, solid at the top, and open at the bottom. It's the plant's intake. Water is drawn off the bottom because it's cooler. They are awesome places to fish, if you can hit them at the right time. Sometimes they'll hold fish that are unheard of in other parts of the lake. Such as brown and rainbow trout. The skimmer wall pulls a lot of cold water, so there's plenty of current.
     
  18. cattracker13

    cattracker13 New Member

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    The skimmer wall was put in place to prevent floating debris from entering into the steam plant. If you look on google earth you will notice a discharge side, where everyone fishes in the winter, of the OH steam plant and also an intake side. When the plant is generating heavy, water is pulled from the lake through the intake side and with that comes the large trees/logs and floating debris. The wall keeps all that stuff from entering the plant. There is usaully decent current behind the wall. Right now there is not any current because the generation schedule is very low. I guess because of the warm weather and also the water levels are very low.
     
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  19. festus

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    Yep, that's one point I left out of my explanation, it does "skim" the water and keep trash out. And it also brings cool water into the plant.
     
  20. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    They are excellent places to fish. I once caught a 4 lb Rainbow trout off of the Gallatin Steamplants skimmer wall.....dangling a small jig. Its the only one I ever caught. I have caught loads of skipjacks and "BIG " fish near this wall.....and off this wall. The cooler water is just the ticket!!!!! A good strong current most of the time.:wink: