alton blues

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by slikk03, May 1, 2009.

  1. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

    hows the the chain of rocks canal like at lous and clark below alton dam how far out do i need to be to get a blue i got a long berkly sticl with led lights low water went out one and had no luck, are they harder than a flathead to beach, i hear they give up qwiker but hit alot harder, i never caught a big blue but im going to, im using 30 pound test, is that to weak, i use 6o braid, but it wont cast out were the blues are, they dont like shallow water i hear my bait casters wont go as far so i got a long rod and spooled a huge spinning reel, any advice, big shad, cuts or lsmal, how much weight,
  2. alton

    alton New Member

    I have fished Chain of Rocks a few times with very little success. I have heard the canal is pretty good fishing. I usually fish around the lock and dam in Alton. I use 12' rods and baitcasters with #65 power pro and have caught quite a few 20-50lb blues from the bank. I use shad, skipjack,asian carp or whatever I get in the castnet or my sabiki rig. I really don't know if they prefer deeper water or not. I think if there is bait fish around they will be there. I will guarantee blues in the 20-50lb range will hit you line like a freight train. I have come very close to losing my rods and they are in pvc rod holders taped to 5/8" rebar. I usually use 5 or 6oz flat bank sinkers. Good luck.