Re: Navigating below Guntersville Dam

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Posted by Red on October 19, 2005 at 09:05:25:

In Reply to: Re: Navigating below Guntersville Dam posted by jerry on October 18, 2005 at 17:30:16:

Be careful launching you boat at either of the boat ramps below the Big G. They are steep and the water level can vary greatly in a short period of time as you well know.

When loading the boat it can/will cause the Bow of your boat to be up at the winch, possibly under the rubber roller at the winch while the stern/transom of your boat is not engaged with the trailer skids/guides in the back. This will required you to lift the front end boat while winching which can be hard if the boat is heavy and/or you are alone.

The key is not to back the trailer too far down into the water. Only a small portion of the back of your trailer needs to be in the water.

Having two people is a good thing at these launches and in general fishing below dams.

It some cases one person can hold the boat on the fish while the other catches and then take turns.

Lots of people drive up to the dam (turbine) side and then drift with the current back down river while fishing vertically (not casting). When several boats are doing this it is better to stay in a losse rotation. It can create a problem when someone is drifting and then catches a nice fish and tries to hold the boat on the spot or anchor on the spot, while people are up river drifting (swiftly) toward the stopped boat.

When your drive/boat up to the dam you will see a wall on your right that extends/slants downstream toward the water. Across, from it on the other side of the turbines is a shorter wall that extends downstream. Draw a straight line from the end of this small wall down river. Now stay on this line or just inside the line in the water current generated by the turbines. Fish this line
several hundred if not thousand yards down river on this line, repeat, etc.

I never fish the other side of the dam where the locks are so I can't help on that.

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