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Need a couple nav maps... or at least a look at one or two, and most people out here don't have GPS lake maps on their finders.

I know some of these next gen fish finders have topo maps with thousands of bodies of water in them... uploaded from other users and such. If anyone has such access to these topo maps, could you look up a lake for me?

Old City Lake (Cookeville, TN)

36.120562, -85.444713



It's a historical landmark out here, and seems to be a well established fishery... but local knowledge of underwater structure and river channel seems to be either non-existent or highly guarded.


If someone could take a look on a nav-map database for me and see if it even has been charted, I would be most appreciative. If you have the ability to send or post a pic (or two) of the map, assuming it exists, it would be MOST appreciated. Might even send a Subway gift card or something your way. :)



Anyway, thanks... and if this one works out, I have one or two others I'd like to look up as well. All small lakes. The big lakes and reservoirs all have readily-available maps in spiral-bound book form in Wal Mart and some can even be found online for free... These smaller bodies of water though... Not so much.
 

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I have been. Lots of small bass and big gills... No hits on the cut bait or livers yet. I'm really looking for the deeper channels and holes to try for cats.
 

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Yes, but not for cats. The bass there are active as hell at night. I was going for cats, but with Senkos.... Didn't have any livers or cut bait. I posted a report on that trip.

Was thinking of going there tonight after work, but its going to be a late one.

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You need to just start bringing a cot out there, go out late after work rig up, cast out, put a bell on your pole, and nap it out ;)
 

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Its a long serpentine lake with a dam at one end. The pic shows the skinny end...

I do not have a boat, so I am curious about structure and the river channel. Since I am shore-bound I would like to have a bit of topographical Intel about the water that is accessible by shore.

Yea, I'm serious.
 

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Thanks longdraw. Yea, I can see the general channel area, as it flows through the lake in front of the natural area there... Unfortunately I cannot see deeper spots or underwater terrain... Unlike the larger reservoirs around here that are super clear and deep, this water is very cloudy and murky... Its very difficult to determine what the bottom looks like or if there is any unique structure in the depths.

One nice thing, bass are in the shallows like a mother f-er and there are some BIIIIG ones in there. 6-7 pounds isn't an uncommon capture.

But I don't give a sh- about bass.

I need a small raft or boat... I can chart the damn lake myself.
 

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Thanks hobie. I guess that's the next step if I want to continue to pursue that lake. I fished shallow on one rod and in the channel with the other.

Cats like unique structure... Whether its a deep hole or a downed tree, a raised sandbar or a big boulder... I just want to find unique stuff on the bottom, don't care if its a hole or a shallow flat near the channel.

Problem with limb lines though... There are only a few accessible areas to fish from shore... I thoroughly fished one of them yesterday. :)

Limb lines... I'll certainly consider it... And I bought two Bubba bobbers for suspended catfishing. We will try those out next trip. :)
 

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Although you are correct about cats liking unique structure, I highly doubt a submerged tree on the bottom is gonna have a ton of cats stacked under it, a few? Im sure, but in a place like your fishing you would think there are cats all over that place, shallow suspend and deep. I think right now you are overthinking it, I think you need to get out there and do some good old fashioned fishing and get a few under your belt from there, and after that start searching for these pieces of unique structure to start targeting the bigger cats hiding in the depths :)
 

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That's what my fishing report on Warm water cold air from yesterday was about. We fished all over the water column, shallow, deep, worms, crawlers, cut bait...

We put in two hours at one spot, spreading bait all over the place. Is that not "old fashioned fishing?"
 

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Just get in the water and start noodling for them problem solved ;)
 

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That's what my fishing report on Warm water cold air from yesterday was about. We fished all over the water column, shallow, deep, worms, crawlers, cut bait...

We put in two hours at one spot, spreading bait all over the place. Is that not "old fashioned fishing?"

It depends...were you using the fancy leaders/rigs you like to tie up :D Im just giving you ****:cool: Although half the time I go catfishing it takes me atleast a couple hours to start getting any bites...you just need more time than you have available:thumb:
 

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An update... I did a search on TARP awards for catfish in the last twelve months. TARP is similar to MA in Colorado. They do have 4 levels of "Master Angler Awards" as well. If you catch 5 species that are TARP class fish, you get a Master Angler award. 10 species of TARP class fish is Master Angler Level 2. 15 species is Master Angler Level 3. Level 3 you get an engraved trophy. :)

Anyway, back to the point... There have been no TARP class catfish submitted of any species from my county. Also there haven't been any submitted from the nearest big reservoir, Center Hill, either.

Its starting to feel like the Twilight Zone out here....

Contacted the TWRA Region 3 fish and game department... Left a message.

"You're entering the 5th dimension......"
 

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Is Center Hill lake too far? It must have cats because the regulations say:

"Catfish (all species): no harvest limit for fish under 34 inches in length; only one fish over 34 inches in length may be harvested per day"

Same with Dale Hollow and Watts Bar....

http://www.eregulations.com/tennessee/fishing/region-3-reservoir-regulations/



The large reservoirs around you have cats.. i would almost guarantee that the smaller ones do as well!!
 
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