Big catfish in deep water?

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by oahegw, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. oahegw

    oahegw Member

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    The past 35 years I've lived only 6 miles from Lake Oahe in So. Dakota. The biggest cat I,ve taken here is about 6 pounds. This Missouri river (lake oahe) has to have some big fellers some where.

    Maybe I need to rig up and bait up more for the larger cats. We have 80 feet of water in places. I normally fish the creeks running into the lake and have no problem getting my fill of nice eaters that run from 1 to 3 pounds.

    My question is: Should I be fishing in deeper water on the main lake?

    What say you?
     
  2. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    My biggest channel cats came from a deep hole with timber during the day. I'd look for cover or deeper water with some structure like sand bars, rip rap or drop offs.
     

  3. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    try some small live bluegills or chubs 4-6"
    or bluegill heads
     
  4. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

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    The answer is yes..I don't know about no 80 ft. but definitely up to 65 ft.
     
  5. recordbreakin1

    recordbreakin1 New Member

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    I would fish the deeper holes in the daytime and in winter months.Night time I would go shallow.
     
  6. kathunter_64

    kathunter_64 New Member

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    i would look for about 15-20ft of water with a lot of structure. i've found that channel cats especially like a rocky area. well that's the way it is around here anyway. and i honestly think the best bait by far for channels is cut shad.

    good luck! :wink: