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  • Steam Plant Operation

    Posted by bigred on December 30, 2013 at 3:29 am

    I know that when the steam plant is “running” the outflow creates a really warm stretch of water along that section of the river. I’ve also heard thats a good place to look for striper during the winter.

    My question is … when does that plant operate and where can I find the times posted online?

    I’ve been down there a few times and the water temp has been the same as the whole river … long drive for me and if the water isn’t “heated” and the striper aren’t eating well … thats wasted gas

    Can anyone point me inthe right direction or give me the history of how that place operates?

    Thanks!

    dakota replied 10 years, 1 month ago 8 Members · 17 Replies
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  • Brian

    Administrator
    December 30, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I’m not sure about that one, but I hope someone else on the forum does…….would like to know myself. I heard they officially put a gate up so you can not fish all the way in the back anymore. Is that true? Is the gate at the mouth or the end of the canal before it opens up to the back?

  • shad3036

    Member
    December 30, 2013 at 3:56 am

    The whole lake is warmer and about the same this year so far. It will be different in January/February. The lake will get colder than steam plant. Been out there many times in the past winter bass fishing at steam plant and down to 109 bridge with the warmer temp flowing from the steam plant. Haven’t been this year so don’t know about the gate. I am embarrassed but I also enjoy catching tons of shad and white bass in the steam plant creek on rooster tails. Very fun entertainment in January. LOL That is why the stripers are in there because of all the shad.

    Sorry but don’t have any info on steam plant generating. However, I believe the number for the old hickory dam is 800-238-2264. Haven’t called it in years.

  • Brian

    Administrator
    December 30, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Don’t be ashamed, my friend and I use to go into the steam plant and have a skip jack tournament! Most weight for our best five had to wash the others boat and truck!!! It was so much fun. I’m still waiting on that wash though…lol

  • rayzor65

    Member
    December 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    The mouth of the discharge is barracked of but there still waiting is good fishing in the channel going from the river to the discharge. They have been catching some saucer and talapia, saw a post of some guys catching stripe from kayaks.

    Ray

  • bigred

    Member
    December 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I fished that stretch in October-Early November and the water was in the low 70’s. It was amazing to see that when the main river was upper 50’s. I haven’t seen smoke coming out of the “stacks” since then but the coal barges keep coming so not sure what’s going on with that steam plant.

    Rayzor, did you say they were catching Tilapia?

  • dakota

    Member
    December 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Yes there is a yellow barrier up but it does not start right off the channel it is down about 40 50 yards maybe. And yes they are tilapia there sometime ago placed probably as aquarium pets but several people have caught some. Including myself I have some in the freezer now.

  • amxgilligan

    Member
    January 3, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Tilapia ? That is hillarious but believable. I love that fish to eat. How do you catch them ?

  • rayzor65

    Member
    January 3, 2014 at 3:43 am

    I was there Tuesday for the first time. I put 10 tilapia in the live well and released quite a few. Caught most of them on small minnows under a bobber set at 4 feet. Fished around 20 feet off the bank. Also caught crappie and stripe. There were around 4 boats and a couple kayakers. Others were catching the same. During the week is the best time.

    Ray

  • quillco

    Member
    January 4, 2014 at 4:50 am

    We were out Wednesday morning and caught 40. 32 keeper tilapia. Very fun day!

  • nrolph

    Member
    January 5, 2014 at 1:16 am

    What bait and how do you fish for tilapia?

  • dakota

    Member
    January 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I went to Steamplant Friday had good luck with tilapia bluegill then small stripers. Used Castnet for you threadfin shad gizzard shad also caught some skipjack used for striper bait but only caught striper on threadfin. Used a three way swivel for threadfin. Used Carolina rig with a half ounce weight for skipjack. If you have not been out here here is a picture of the barriers. Also went Saturday only stayed for couple hours 20 mile an hour wind. Nothing that day. Water temperature there was 60–62. FYI people are actually fishing right up against the yellow barrier.


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  • shad3036

    Member
    January 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I haven’t been there this fall. That barrier is blocking a lot more of the water than I thought. Bummer. Can someone post a picture of a tilapia caught in there? As far as I know, I haven’t caught one of those. Didn’t know they were there.

  • dakota

    Member
    January 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    This is not me but here is a picture of a tilapia from the Steamplant


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  • shad3036

    Member
    January 6, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Wow, that looks like a strong fish. Thanks for posting the picture. I will go over there and give it a try after this winter blast. Too cold next few days.

  • dakota

    Member
    January 6, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Yes u r correct it’s a fun fight

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