I do almost all my catfishing on a main lake or river. I have done some tailwater fishing from a dam but really have not had a lot of luck doing it that way. Some days i'll catch some cats but most times I get nothing. I'd like to have a little bit more success. How much weight, what type of rigs works best and how would you fish it? I usually use 2 or 3 oz weight depending on the cfs. I done different rigs but I use a carolina rig most of the time with cut bait. I usually drop it right where the water is turning up the most. Sometimes I will move down the tailwater if I can but at times that is not an option. I went to Loyalhanna lake dam today and looked around. I will use what I saw today as a guide for what you guys would do. They had 3 of the 4 gates open. The cfs was 865. I will note that I usually will only fish there if cfs is a little lower but we can use what I saw today as the guide. Thanks for any help in advance.
Yeah, they are really snaggy areas and very hard to predict. And you are in very different territory out west than here. We got hog flatheads chasing easy to catch bait into the fish passages, and some even making home in them. I would focus down stream just a little in some cut outs along the bank. I used to wades into those areas with my kids and catch very nice channel cat's on lures.
If I had a jet boat I would also try anchoring up right in front of the slack water of the slow dumping damn and using kat bobbers.
This post has been edited by NorthportTroller: Jul 29 2012, 09:56 PM
Fishing below dams is always a hot or cold deal. No two days are the same. If you're fishing from the bank you can use a 3 way swivel with lighter line going to the sinker. We lose a lot of tackle below dams, they are snag infested areas. When water is being released I like to fish the current seam between the fast water and slack water.
This post has been edited by ShadowRider: Aug 1 2012, 04:04 PM