big blue catfish

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by Alabamacatman, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. Alabamacatman

    Alabamacatman New Member

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    Do the big Cats spawn the same times as lil ones do? What temp triggers them to spawn? And I've always caught cats up to 16 lbs up small creeks so where do the big ones over 25# go?
     
  2. dinger66

    dinger66 New Member

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    i am no expert but i belive they do
     

  3. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Blues seem to start spawning when the water temps hit 70 degrees and above in this area. For this area thats usually late May through late June. I don't think they all spawn at the same time. Your 10 lb. and bigger fish are your spawning size fish.
     
  4. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    yes,size does'nt matter.
    blues & channels spawn when water hits70 to 84 with 80 to 81 being the best.
    flats spawn when the water hits 66 to 75.
    they spawn in rocks rootballs,depressions,old tires,hollow logs,ect..protected from the strong current.
    and all species move to tail race water before ,during, and after the spawn,if there is any around.find boulders,or cut banks in these areas an you find big fish.
     
  5. catmanoneufala

    catmanoneufala New Member

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    i think mid july(when you dont get any good bites,spend hours with no bite) is when they go on bed hear jodi, try inside bends that are loaded with cover(trash,logs,ext.)im sure there are a few that will disagree with the mid july spawn but thats when i think it happens,since mid august the bite picks back up.
     
  6. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    I'm not certain, but I think I remember the biologists saying that some of the bigger blues possibly spawn more than one time a year.
    Bill in SC
     
  7. shadguts

    shadguts New Member

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    I think the reason for the tough bite during the spawn is because they don't all spawn at once. It sure does scatter the fish. I've caught them when they looked like they were skinny as a rail and red and beat up and 10 minutes later catch one that is fat as a pig and not a scratch on them. Seems here the temp is in the 70's.
     
  8. steveturner024

    steveturner024 Active Member

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    Steve Turner
    I would imagine they all spawn around the same time.
     
  9. krowbar

    krowbar New Member

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    Negative. I've caught spawning fish as early as March and as late as November hear at Santee. Different times of year for different areas and different catfish. My favorite time to catch spawning Blue catfish would be late April early May. Varies from year to year.