Best time of the year to catch flathead catfish?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by littlebigman, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. littlebigman

    littlebigman New Member

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    what part of the year is the best time to catch flatheads.
     
  2. katplayer187

    katplayer187 New Member

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    check out the dusk or dawn thread in this dicussion...
     

  3. eaglesfan00000

    eaglesfan00000 New Member

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    I personally like it when the water temperture reaches 55 degrees.
    I fish from April until November, but I live in Virginia, so it vary's from state to state. 55 degress the Flatheads start moving. Good Luck
     
  4. rythymroach

    rythymroach New Member

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    I personally believe very early spring or even colder weather will produce really big ones if you find their habitat, I have caught them year round but it's no fun when they are spawning for sure. they just dont seem to be on the bite then.

    during the summer when they spawn it just seems like they get lockjaw lol.
     
  5. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    mid april-june then aug-oct seems ta be the prime time
     
  6. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    I do well with bigger fish in August.

    Numbers will have to be May.
     
  7. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    I believe the best time of the year is in the Fall. My biggest Flathead came in late September. But, you can catch a monster anytime really.
     
  8. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    My biggest fish have always come in the spring - April and May - but I sometimes get into numbers of fish in the fall - November - when they are starting to move into winter holes.
     
  9. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    I think the Spring is the best.
     
  10. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    I'm dying for spring just to get out and get some fishing action.
     
  11. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    Agree with Most - The Spring. April thru early June.

    Also Late Aug thru Oct.
     
  12. catfish chaser

    catfish chaser New Member

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    I think May is one of the best months.
     
  13. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    I like May too, right before the spawn
     
  14. pitbull33

    pitbull33 New Member

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    I agree with lendog, the best times arelate march thru mid may and sept thru nov.
     
  15. JIM VITEK

    JIM VITEK New Member

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    it seems here in tx that mid march until late august is the best time. we fish around Sealy in the Brazos.
     
  16. jason berry

    jason berry New Member

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    Spring and fall for me in Indiana but in Arizona it was spring and summer. I would say spring and fall would be best for alot of the country. I do extremely well when the water temp is between 70-75 degrees for the big ones.
     
  17. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    when its warm out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:smile2:
     
  18. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I mainly fish a power plant lake for them so there really isn't a terrible time to go but our best numbers (and some good size too) has been in June and July and the biggest flatheads I've ever caught in any body of water the lake included has been in the fall of the year mainly in October. Not that I catch a bunch of bigguns but my 4 biggest have come in October lake and river.
     
  19. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    There is a lot of variables in this question. When Water temps hit 55 to 60 degrees is a good time to start in spring. Then you can fish for them till it drops to about 45 to 50 degrees in the fall.
    With you living in Tenn. you can probably start seeing some flathead action a month before say I will in Ky. and 2 months before the guys in Ohio and Pa. It's related to water temps more than anything else I think.
    Warm spring rain can have a great affect on the water temps as well. The earlier you get warm spring rains the earlier the water temps will warm to the magical tempreture.