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Bass Fishing Dams?

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I have on some rare occasions. Now trolling the dam, yes. If it is a nice day and we are just killing time we will troll the dam and drink a beer or 2. I have thrown some xd 7's and got a bite here or there but nothing quality. So i guess my answer would be fishing the dams= no. Trolling the dams=yes.

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On smaller lakes and early in the year I have some of my best luck fishing dams if they're rocky.

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I'ts a reservoir dam, fairly small, but I do know the river channel pushes a lot of tress and or brush by the current, seems like the bass would be in heaven with all the structure.

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Caught my PB spot (6 lbs) right off the dam. Seems like we can always head to the corners or face and catch LM and spots year round. Definitely worth a shot.

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Is it a new dam or and old one. I know new dams aren't really that productive, but it depends on how the land go. I know in sandy soil areas it takes years to have a good fish not just bass populations.

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The #1 structure on every man-made lake.

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I'ts a reservoir dam, fairly small, but I do know the river channel pushes a lot of tress and or brush by the current, seems like the bass would be in heaven with all the structure.

Small reservior dams are bass magnets for lots of reasons. When the dam was constructed the left over materials are usually pilded up near the dam bottom by the corners away from the center or spillway area.

The original channel is the deepest area at the dam and that maybe where the out take gates are located, if the dam has a cylindar type out take tube. If the dam is an earthen type with a rock face as most small lakes are, the rip rap rock face holds crawdads, etc...year around.

So you have structure in deep water and a food souce. What more does a bass need!

Tom

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Dams produce! Only problem is finding a good spot that isn't already being fished. Apparently a lot of other people know that dams produce fish also here. Dams are also where I usually find and catch multiple species.

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One of the main lakes i fish is a smaller one and i found some great structure running along a wall next to the dam. Certain times of the year i can go down it and catch a lot of nice fish so i would say its worth a try for sure.

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My dad used to fish at a spillway dam in Coral Springs, FL in the eighties, but that's where all the snakeheads have invaded. C14 canal going from a spillway dam from the Everglades. I'll have to go down there some time, about 30-40 minute drive. See if there's any more bass lol.

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Stay away from the Dams on every body of water that has one... No fish ever hang around them and if they do, they're not hungry and nor are they big enough to think about trying to catch! Hope that helps your intentions to fish them... especially on the lakes that I fish regularly :laugh5::respect-059:

Dams present substantial change and normally access to deep water that attract larger than average bass in many lakes. TARGET THEM on a regular basis and throughout the year!

You can take that to the Bank.... I mean the Dam :headbang:

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Well there's this dam on Otter creek, in down town Vergennes Vt. The smallmouth and occasionally some very nice walleye, stop there for dinner on the way to Champlain. Well worth a visit.

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They are great on the ohio river for smallies.

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Well not only is it the dam. If you face the dam..there is also a smaller building, maybe a pump station and there are aerators every 100yrds but only 5, it's insane when they run the aerators cause you can see the bass come flying out after all the schools of shad...no the bass aren't huge, but you would think there may be a few big'ns under all the shad.

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The pump house, if it's a floating pump house, is where the big bass hold when not feeding. The aeration system is there to break up the thermocline so the lake doesn't stratisfy and leave the deeper water without disolved oxygen. Debris sinks to the lake bottom, the aeration creates a man made turnaover, allowing the decaying matter to break up. The shad feed on the organic phytoplanton, the bass feed on the active surface shad. The bigger bass let the small bass do all the work chasing the shad; they stay under the school and pick off the wounded shad. Flutter spoons or shad swimbaits should work.

Tom

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