Flathead catfish spawning season

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by KSflatheadKING3511, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. when and where do flatheads spawn- do they do it in the flats sor deep water or what? and when i'm fishing for them, what approach should i use?
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. thanks Red whenever i noodle thats what i'll do but i dont usually go any deeper than 6 feet bcasue who know how big that flattie will be
  5. 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.

  6. 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
  7. Red i was wonderin what kinda rig you use (like a carolina, or a slip bobber rig) off the riverdam and do you fish in the breakwater or right in the current?
    Thanks, Ryan
  8. 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.

  9. thanks man i'm heading out in a couple weeks i think i'll let you know how i do
  10. KS

    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.

  11. Ryan, like red said if you can get your bait up tight to the face of the dam the water coming over the top doesn't effect your bait. What happens is if you get a "bow" in your line the current pushes aginst that and pulls your bait out. The current on bottom is nowhere near what it is on the surface. If you can keep a tight line and a straight angle you can cast into the nastiest whitewater and hold on bottom. All that whitewater is going over the top. Its still hard and will take time to get it right but keep trying. I may have to cast 10 or 15 times into 25ft of whitewater till the bait stays but once it does there are flats down there looking for disoriented baitfish.
  12. will there be flattiess there in this time of year (prespawn) or should i be looking somewhere else
  13. They're not at the dam, yet. They usually run after the spoonbill. And according to the other boc members on here, the spoonbill's just started. So, give it a little while longer, I'd say. As far as where to look, they should still be down river in some pretty decent log jams. It's different here on the Neosho....after spawn, they all run back to the lake, from what another boc member told me...(and I was wondering why I couldn't catch 'em in the fall...:roll_eyes:) Anyway, I'd stick to the logjams. And the mouths of feeder creeks after it rains good enough for high water. 'Luck with the flatties.

  14. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

    Most flatheads will start to spawn after water temps reach the 70s. From my experience they spawn in the shallows around heavy cover and structure. The larger flatheads will spawn first, during this time you can still catch the smaller ones. Also after the male bumps the female off the nest, the female usually can be found in the nearest deeper water from the nest and she will be ready to start feeding. What I have learned, the flathead spawn usually last about 3 to 4 weeks.
  15. thanks you guys for the info it really helps my plans cause real soon here in NE kansas the flatties will be headed in to prespawn mode