flatheads can be found in many places while spawning. Log jams, under cut banks, anywhere thay can have good protection around them. I don't fish for them while they are spawning, so someone else will have to tell you how to catch them. Pre-spawn, on the other hand, is an excellent time to go after them. They will start feeding heavily once water temps reach 50 degrees. You can catch them cruising banks around bluegill or crappie beds.
Here in S.E. KS, they'll head up from grand lake into spring and neosho rivers. Early in the season when they're on the run (still a little early right now, but it's gettin' CLOSE:big_smile:) they'll be up at the dams. Most of the flats here tend to be caught right up against it. Everyone also uses live bluegill, but you can sometimes get lucky and catch one or two off fresh cut shad, although I've never personally accomplished that feat. Then, when they 'magically' disapear from the dams, that's when they're spawning. Find the biggest nasties snags you can just a little ways back down river. The deeper and darker the better. Although deep for me means no more than fifteen feet. But, they'll spawn in three feet of water if need to. Put your bait right in that snag and hold on. Move every thirty minutes or so if no bites. (cutbait works well at this specific time, although livebait ALWAYS works). If the river you're fishing is shallow, you can wade from place to place, which is personally what I like to do the best. But, a boat will cover more area and faster. They say monofilament works good for those snags. More abrasion resistance. Although I've only used mono....it's cheaper:roll_eyes:. There's also different strategies for catchin' flatties in the library. Check it out. Lots of good info. Anyway, I hope this has helped ya out.
Well...I just assumed you fished a river...sorry 'bout that. I ain't got any personal experience or wisdom about a lake, but I'd assume it's generally the same concept except for them running to the dam at prespawn. I'd prolly just stick to the shallow nasty snags there. And maybe try some larger feeder creeks (you can do that with the river too). 'Luck with the spawning flatties.
well when i go out to melevern(resivor in Ottowa KS) to fish the crappie spawn, in the back end of the lake thers some nice flats with some nice creeks that continuously feed the lake, and i'll use ome barely legal sized crappie and fish him live at night in the flats and i caught a nice 15# flatty that way last year and thanks for your info
I always use a carolina rig on bottom, with enough weight to keep it in place. Although for the brush there's probably better ways to go about it than that. Anyway, I just wade in front of the dam and cast right in front of me in the current. As long as it's litterally landing against the dam, I don't think it matters too much. But, if the water's rushing too fast for any weights you got, then leave it in the hole it rolls into. I've caught a couple blues in those.
When the water's up, it's hard to get your footing on the moss covered rocks, but I ain't gotta boat can handle the river. Otherwise, I'd be in one in that particular case...lol. We don't have any current breaks on the dam I fish. It's just a low-head dam. Nothing big and fancy. But, if you fish one that is, it'd be a place to try. Just be sure to let me know your results:roll_eyes:. Anymore questions, just holler. I'll get back with you soon as I can.
They start the spawn @ approx 72-74 degrees water temp. and the males will not bite at this time. They, the males than guard the eggs till hatched than guard the young for about a week, not biting the whole time. After the eggs are layed the females are chased off the nest but stay off approx approx 100 yds and will bite after they lay. This is from what I've read & seen to some extent.
Me, I quit @ the spawn & don't start up again till the water temps drop back down to below 72. Keep in mind that I have to drive 3 hrs round trip to go fishin and when I go I like to get fish..."when where n how"!!!!
Hope this helps abit.
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