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Old 09-07-2007, 10:48 AM
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Default Re: Tailwater stripers

Ok...now I REALLY feel like a green fisher(wo)man..... I thought my little 16" was a nice one....
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:55 PM
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Default Check out this tailwater video

The TVA put this together, check it out:

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Old 10-03-2007, 09:50 AM
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Default Re: Tailwater stripers

In other words..."Don't be a Mr. Bungle!"
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by LittleCasino View Post
In other words..."Don't be a Mr. Bungle!"
Nor Mr. Dummy, Crash! ;)
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:59 PM
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Default Re: Tailwater stripers

cool link, LMJ..I've seen some STOOOOPID stuff in the tailraces.
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Old 10-11-2007, 05:52 AM
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Hey Slo, hate to admit it but been there done that! Lived to tell, but crashing off the walls is stepping over the line.
I've seen boats up in the Meldahl dam gates here in Ohio, on the Ohio, and they have to sneak up along the lock wall, where they dump the lock water as it lowers. You could find yourself on a five foot tall boil in a second.
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:22 PM
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Well i been trying to fish the Lower Illinois for a while now. Just started fishing for stripers though here recently. I hear Lake Euflala is awesome for Stripes near the damn. My buddy told me he will throw a net and get some shad then use those bad boys and HOOK UP, FISH ON!
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:29 PM
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I like Eufala also...just gets a little crowded. I've seen guys use remote control boats to drop their shad right next to the wall when they aren't generating.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:03 PM
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:41 PM
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I've seen guys behind the boils at almost every TVA tailrace I've fished. If you look at the picture of Nickajack dam (photo below), you'll see nine turbine discharges. Each turbine has a service door chute. In the picture the furthest three have their service doors closed, the closest six have the doors open. The boats tie off against the dam in the back of the service door chutes, usually by driving metals stakes into the concrete.

I never been around to see them get back there, or come back out, but I'm assuming they head in and out when the turbines are off. The flow in the linked picture is mild compared to most days I've been there, yet you'll still see boats in the service door chutes.

No fish will ever be worth that to me...
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:57 AM
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Lake Greeson Tailwater (Little Missouri River)

Some important tips:
The use of natural bait
The use of bait that is natural, and present it as natural as possible. Shad Fry is a natural prey of striped bass, so try to silvery gray shad lures, chrome or blue clear water. In turbid water, switch to a brighter, color attract more visible, such as Chartreuse.
Try Crankbait
Crankbaits are versatile and successful in striped bass at any time in almost all the water. Use a crankbait that cover a large area of ​​water efficiently. Stripers hungry troll strike grassy water, shallow or deep water when they surface to feed. Learning to throw the troll in the structures under water for a realistic presentation. After a rebound, allowing realistic pause, then pull on the bait a little longer. It's certainly not, continuous motion, which makes the bait look alive.
Cover different depths
Striped bass or I remain more or less water depth and the establishment of your bait to cover different depths can lead to strikes.
One pound of 10. or 12 lbs. line is appropriate for trolling more. A lighter line can help the fish to a lure deeper, but can also be used for shallow crankbait. A slightly higher test of 14 lbs. will give you better control of grasses and around underwater obstacles. A heavier line also allows you to keep shallow crankbait near the water surface.
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