Skipjacks

Discussion in 'INDIANA RIVERS TALK' started by Damian_Storm, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. Damian_Storm

    Damian_Storm New Member

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    What's up everybody? I'm new to the BOC..Anyone know where the skipjacks are biting? I fish the white river from waverly down..I've caught a few jacks at williams dam but, thats been awhile since i've been there....Dave
     
  2. rodpod

    rodpod New Member

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    Not sure of any being caught around here this time of the year. I had to go down to tennessee and fish a warm water discharge in cumberland city. I catch some in the summer and fall along the Ohio river in areas where the current picks up. I have tried to find some warm water discharges in Indiana but no luck yet.
     

  3. Damian_Storm

    Damian_Storm New Member

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    this is the only time of the year i have caught them...i know a few guys that used to go down on the ohio river in the winter and get a few...i mainly use gills , shad and suckers so i figured i would try expand my bag of tricks alittle while it's early...lol
     
  4. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    Welcome to the B.O.C. Damien. Can't tell ya where the skipjacks are.
     
  5. beaneye46

    beaneye46 New Member

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    whats a skipjack?
    i thought they were a baitfish that jump alot. anyone have any pictures.?
     
  6. beaneye46

    beaneye46 New Member

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    do people eat them or something?
     
  7. MadKater

    MadKater New Member

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    people use em for bait beaneye
     
  8. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    great bait too,real smelly! i would take some if a member was to send me a box. lol ;) no have up here but our cats still loveum.
     
  9. D-NICE-OK

    D-NICE-OK New Member

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    Are there any skipjacks in Eagle creek or Geist? All I have seen are shad.
     
  10. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    Whats the differance in skipjacks and creek chubs? Any pics of creek chubs. I have caught skipjacks before now that I've seen a pic of it. Now I'm wondering what else I've caught.
     
  11. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    i think the skips are only in the ohio and lower wabash tributaries d-nice. the rest of the state has shad as a forage base.
     
  12. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    Gargoil:

    Skipjacks are in the herring family and are a type of shad. Same Genus (Alosa)as American shad, Hickory shad, Blueback herring and closely related to gizzard & threadfin shad (Genus Dorosoma). Skipjacks are found in the Mississippi River & Gulf Coast drainages. I'm not sure of their specifics for Indiana but I know we don't have them up north here. I'm not sure how far the come up the Wabash (Lafayette?). Creek chubs are actually in the minnow family and very common in streams & rivers throughout the state.

    Here's a good pic of a creek chub. Below that is a skipjack
    http://www.kentuckyawake.org/files/images/plantsWildlife/creekChub2.jpg

    http://www.gen.umn.edu/research/fish/fishes/skipjack_herring.html
     
  13. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Some northern states that don't have skipjacks have goldeneye. From talking to other members, I understand that goldeneye are oily like skipjack, and make excellent bait.
     
  14. Hannibal Mike

    Hannibal Mike New Member

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    We have a few skippies up here, but they aren't too common. Hopefully global warming will bring them our way in the numbers that I hear about in TN. What do goldeneye look like? My nephew caught them and had a lot of success on the Red River in Canada. I am not sure if they are located in upper Missouri part of the Mississippi. Does anyone know?
     
  15. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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  16. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    What we catch in Little Blue River looks like skipjacks. The guys that I wade with call them creekchubs. But they look exactly like a skipjack. I'll have to show them these pictures.
     
  17. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Damian. Nice to have you on board!
     
  18. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Welcome to the B.O.C. Damian, I hope you enjoy this site as much as I:)
     
  19. Damian_Storm

    Damian_Storm New Member

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    Thanks guys !! i learn something new everytime..