Power lines - fish attracted to the electricty?

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by zappaf19, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    The lake I fish has high voltage power lines going across it. It seems that you can always catch under them near shore. People tell me thats because of the el. waves coming off them. Could this be true?
    Bill
     
  2. Lil Hooker

    Lil Hooker New Member

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    might be true we have a fishing spot called the powerlines and there are always fish around
     

  3. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Could it be the birds roost in the towers.The poop and poop all night long. most of those birds eat shad, guess what, natural chum!
     
  4. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    My grandson and I have discussed this very phenomenon before. We've found the same thing to be true, and I have read a little about it. I'm not sure there's any scientific proof available, though. There was once quite a bit of speculation over health hazards to humans living in such areas, too, but I haven't heard anything about that in years. Maybe no one wants to accept accountability??? Even in my yard, where the power supply from the pole to my house is underground, it is apparent exactly where the cable lies. In drought or in the fall, that area always turns brown first.
     
  5. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Man, I dont know? But I wont really beleieve that it attracts fish until it it scientifically proven.:)

    Zakk.
     
  6. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    mybe the lines and the pole from it causes it to cast a shade on the water and the fish use it for that purpose.I dont know sounds good to me.
     
  7. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    There may be a few holes deeper than the rest of the area covered by the lines. The holes were probably made whent the lines were put in.
     
  8. stickthrower

    stickthrower New Member

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    I have read where it has been proven that sharks are attracted to electrical impulses. I have also read where other fish (not proven) are also attracted? Does sound reasonable if you think about it with their lateral lines in mind.

    Frank
     
  9. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    The lines are on towers not poles. So they are not in the water. I am glad to see I am not the only one to have heard of this.
    Bill
     
  10. Chuckb

    Chuckb New Member

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    I have found the same thing to be true on several occasions. At first I thought it was coincidence but after watching my depthfinder I noticed no structural difference on the lakebed. Everytime my drift would take me past the lines I would get hits on almost every rod. The bird thing could explain it but I have never seen a bird on these lines.
     
  11. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    Top i think had it right... the birds will sit up on them and rest, relieving them selves in the water... its a source of chum and probably food for some smaller fish too... which both attract larger fish including catfish...

    and while it is possible to attract fish with certain types of impulses, the powerlines that go over the water are insulated and there for not giving off any electrical signal....

    There is also the thought of if fish are attracted to electricity then why don't we try attracting them by dropping batteries in the water? or just let the battery for our trolling motor and or what ever other battery we've got do the work for us... hmmm maybe that'd be a good experiment for someone out there...
     
  12. TOPS

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    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19443&postcount=1


    Zap, read the above link. These are the birds that I am referring to. They roost on our towers here on the lake. As you know, because I have posted many times we have a nuclear plant here on our Lake/river. Those towers carry the lines from the plant.
     
  13. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    well thats intresting. the clinton lake i fish just happens to have powerlines going over it. ill have to try it. last year i was drifting around them and had a 30# line snapped.:eek:
     
  14. nosnag

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    Check out the downriggers for fishing.A lot of the higher priced ones incorporate electric charges fed to the wire weight lines.It seems that they have done a lot of research on it.They use positive ions.I wo'nt mention the name,but you will get a bang out of it.
    BILL
     
  15. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    In my US History Class, we were learning about the first International wire thing. It was the firtst connection between the US and Britian by wire. They commonly had trouble with sharks and other unmentioned, toothy critters biting the cable.
     
  16. Lil Hooker

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    Ya the power lines I was talking about are on towers and I never see any birds on them. I have seen then on the towers but they are on land. I think nosnag has a good point I have seen those downriggers.
     
  17. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    It's a little known fact, but it is true that fish are often caught under power lines. As to why, it beats me, but I always fish them and do good. Vern
     
  18. blackwaterkatz

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    It's been noted that many animals use magnetic fields for navigation. Maybe that has something to do with it? I know of at least 4 high voltage transmission lines in my area that are all good areas to fish. I know of another line that is submerged across the intracoastal waterway, and this is also usually a good area to fish.
    Now, none of these are going to produce every trip, but over time, they consistently produce fish.
     
  19. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    About a mile below Pickwick dam theres a big power line. Its the main feed, And we always catch the fire out of channels above them. Along the river channel but I think the reason there in there. Is when they cut the channel out years ago. They piled some of the big limestone rocks along the edge of the channel, And that is what draws them in.
    But it could also be something to the power lines also.

    PEte
     
  20. SilverCross

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    I have a friend that lives a couple of blocks from some high power lines. If you walk out underneath of then you can feel the magnetic current, so is probably the same in the water. Snow melts faster under them usually also, must be a little warmer. JMO