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ALso think we need to know whether you are asking about just above the dam or below in the tailrace.

Sure someone will chime in though. That's the great thing about this board - there's always someone with the experience and happy to help!
 

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well are you fishing from the bank? are you fishing in current? are you fishing in a lake? all of these play a factor in how i present my baits. a little more info would help us narrow it down for you a little.
 

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wow john, sounds like you have had some experience with that. maybe you could find a female lock master and sweet talk her into letting you back there. :wink:
 

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If it's small lowhead dams like the one's I fish, I tend to put my baits at the base of the dam. The current will create a scour hole at the base of the dam and flatheads love to lay in it to avoid the main current from the dam.

I bulk up my terminal tackle using a 8 to 10 oz weight to hold bottom. I also do no recommend using mono. Braid will allow to feel the bottom better and the low stretch line will help you distinguish bites and current.
 

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Flatheads love calm, deep, water with lots of cover so Look for cover or structure that is just barely outside of the current. The water will be fast so be careful how long you make your leader as it will be moving all over the place. If you are close to structure anything over 6 inches will get tangled quite easily. I would use a good sized bluegill hooked through the nose.
 

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oh i forgot to add details...

I mean fishing on a bank above the dam in a river.
Theres lot of trees there and plenty of them are sunken providing cover. I don't think theres a lockmaster. The water is stained and murky with little current (like alot of the water in tennessee:wink:). And the depth is about 20 feet deep right next to the dam.

Thanks.
 

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I used to fish a lot from the 2 lowhead dams we have here in town. the absolute best spot i've found is at night in the shallower water in the rocks. the baitfish tend to hang around the rocks, and so do the hungry brutes. during the daytime they'll be in deeper water, or nestled in heavy cover...
 

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It might sound strange but try a weightless 5/0 buck tail jig. it works great around hydro dams. here is eastern oklahoma on the ark river. red, yellow and green are good colores. and if you use blue. you might pick up a striper or two.
 

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I have spent alot of nights fishing low head dams for flatheads. I have caught them in the center of the scour hole. On the lip of the tail-out where the water gets shallow, on the center of the tail-out, at the base of the tail-out where the hole just starts to come back up. I have caught them directly under the dam where the water pours over. All my years fishing these dams on this river I have never caught a flathead on cut bait. Always live. I always put out both just in case, but in ten or so years I only catch channels on the cut and channels and flats on the live. You have to search the bottom with your live baits to find the areas with less current. I know it all looks the same on top, whitewater and turbulence. But on the bottom its totally different. You probe around enough and you can find pockets of slak current that will hold big channels and even bigger flatheads.
 

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Just to add Skip's comment, the bases of these lowhead dams are deeper than you think. Years of mad flow coming down the dams will wash away bottom and create a hole.

Again, the water at the base of the these dams may look turbulent and choppy on top, but it's a different story on the bottom.

Dams are the best to fish during late spring when flathead migrate upstream. The love these dams because of the baitfish and adequate habitat for them. But they are there because they can't ay further because the river is dammed.

The lowhead dams we have here on the Schuykill are not like the big dams in the midwest ad south, they are pathetic puny dams. At my 2 favorite dams to fish, the base of the dams are about 7 feet deep. The the water gets 2 to 4 feet deep for about 20 yards. We just wade out to the middle of the river ad cast our biatfish in the boil.
 

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Try your luck below the dam where there is some current, them big old flat heads seem to like a little air in there water, an any fish that swim up river cant go any farther that makes em stack up an easier for the flatheads to catch em. Use some heavy tackle because there are some big old boys laying in there, preferably at nite
 
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