pickwick

Discussion in 'TENNESSEE RIVERS TALK' started by littlebigman, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. littlebigman

    littlebigman New Member

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    i went down to pickwick yesterday and didnt even get a bite, but im going out again today. i was just wondering if anyone has been catching anything.
     
  2. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    not yet i been working to much i need to go maybe next weakend
     

  3. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    Forrest the fish should be down river from Savannah. Go down to Coffee landing and fish the middle of the river there. Or out from the Old Sq concrete deal. The blues like that spot.
    Also fish out from the old boat ramp there, Along the rock ledge there. Should be able to get a few big blues there. If you have Skipjack that is.
    How did you do today?
    Pete
     
  4. littlebigman

    littlebigman New Member

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    i went out in my boat on the lake side and didnt get a bite over there either.
     
  5. TNVOLCAT

    TNVOLCAT New Member

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    My cousin fished Pickwick Friday and Saturday and never got a bite either. He talked to someone who works there at the dam and the guy said there was a huge shad kill. I would say the fish were gorged on shad. Hence no bites. Said he tryed different baits, big baits, little baits, and different size hooks.
     
  6. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Hopefully you will be able to catch a few next time out. I am sure hoping that my luck changes soon also
     
  7. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    If you go back to the lake. Fish above the first cove or between the 1st and second cove around 60ft deep. Or go up to the Point of 209.6 theres a light there on the point I catch some good fish there.
    Need to get you and your dad and go fishing soon.
    Pete
     
  8. smokey

    smokey New Member

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    I was talking to a guy in Savanah Monday and he was talking about the shad kill too. he was saying we had three huge shad kills this year. What causes that?
    smokey
     
  9. littlebigman

    littlebigman New Member

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    im not to sure but i would say the cold weather like when it freezes.
     
  10. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    Joe we have 3 or 4 warm days. The shallow water warms up then the shad move shallow. As its like us turning on the heater. Only 5 to 10 degrees makes it feel great.
    Then we have a bad drop in temps. It gets below freezing then the shad minnows are in shock. So they start dieing off. The fast temp drop does it every time. Now if we don't have those few warm days we will go all winter without a big shad kill. I remember one time back around 1978 we had one about every other week the while winter.
    Pete
     
  11. shadguts

    shadguts New Member

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    It seems that the shad kill is always in shallow water, 2-10ft. I am not sure but the shad kill may not be all bad. A few weeks ago I fished the Tenn river in Benton Co. I caught maybe 40 cats. All 3-18lbs. They were holding on a ledge where the mouth of a creek meets the river channel. The creek was full of dead shad and the creek was @8ft deep. The river was falling and drawing the water out of the creek. I assume that the cats were holding on that ledge from 8-25ft feeding on the shad washing out of the creek. In the winter I have fished below Pickwick a couple dozen times from the dam to Saltillo and have yet to catch a fish or get a bite. I am just learning so I don't know much. I have also fished above Pickwick a few times (3 or 4) in the winter and not got a bite there either. I am sure that there are good cats and numbers to be caught both above and below Pickwick in the winter just haven't figured it out yet. The fish I caught the other week were the first I've caught in the winter on the Tenn river and just so happens thats the first time I've fished that spot. Maybe that'll help someone the next time there's a shad kill. Good luck to all.