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Specifically chain pickeral. Anyone have any info they can share? Not looking for honey holes i just want to snatch a few jacks for the pot!

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I catch 'em on Mayo when I don't want to - bass fishing - usually when tossing spinnerbaits and crankbaits, but not when using worms, jigs, jerkbaits, and topwaters). I guess swimbaits could get 'em, but I don't have that experience.

Edges of weedbeds, fallen timber along shoreline, flooded timber on points. rocks/riprap on levees.

I've had them come from such cover far away and hit my bait after it has been retrieved back into open water. They're usually not shy.

Mayo is probably the Chain Pickeral capital of the state.

Even when I'm not after 'em, I like catchin' 'em.

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They'll hit anything a bass will hit. I catch them in lots of the same places. Ambush spots. Logs and places where it looks like you'll get snagged. I don't/haven't fished that lake but this info may help.
 

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Yeah targetting them is alot like targetting Northern Pike back home. Im just wondering if there is a part of the lake that is better?

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I can't isolate one. I've caught 'em...

- Off riprap by the Hwy 49 bridge
- A cove to the left of the boat ramp
- Main lake points on the route to the Dam
- A cove by the Power Plant next to the Dam
- Off riprap on the Dam, and from the deep water by the drain pipe at the Dam

The biggest ones have definitely come from the Main Lake Points on the route to the dam. As you come from the boat ramp and after passing the bridge that crosses mid-lake, make the right turn toward the dam and theres a point covered with flooded timber on the right about 1/3 of the way up. Biggest ones caught there, and off the next point up.

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BTW, the flooded timber is not visible above water unless the lake is low - which is unlikely right now. You have to actually get close to the point to see it. Fortunately, the water at Mayo is usually very clear and easy to see into. Don't know about it now though with the recent rains.

You might see an occasional stickup a few inches above the water line. All of the flooded trees are small, not much bigger than bushes.

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Defiantly better towards the dam. used to fish it constantly when I lived in Alamance co. Have only fished it twice in the last few years but they love firetiger patterns. used to catch a lot of nice one on anything firetiger..made 1 trip this year and I had to pull the old firetiger brokenback out anf that was all I could catch fish on...nothing big this year but they were fun.

http://mackinncblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/back-to-chain-pickeral-jack-capital-of.html

http://mackinncblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/jack-chain-pickerel-capital-of-world.html

I call it the Jack capital of the world but there are 2 rivers and 1 creek that give it a run. 1 of the rivers actually is better for big ones. really big ones.
 

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They are found more east of the Triad, but they are present in some lakes here, like HPCL, Lake Jeannette, and others. I know Shearon Harris has a good population of them.
 

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I only catch them when the waters cold for some reason although I think I caught one last summer on the river with Mack. I think a Mepps is hard to beat.
 
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