Bullhead Catfish

Discussion in 'Gateway Catfishing Club' started by JMANWI, May 26, 2009.

  1. JMANWI

    JMANWI New Member

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    Anyone know where I could catch some for catfish bait in the St. Louis area? Can't seem to find them anywhere. I like to use them on rod and reel for flatheads. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. DWB

    DWB Member

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    Farm ponds are always the best way to go. I let my deer lease expire this year but the land I was leasing had three great bluegill and bullhead lakes. Ask around and you might find a farmer/landowner willing to let you fish their lakes.
     

  3. JMANWI

    JMANWI New Member

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    Thanks. I agree that farm ponds are the way to go.That's what I always did back home. I just don't have a lot of farm contacts down here since I spent most of my life in Wisconsin and the rest in St. Louis city. I'm hoping a brother can help me out.
     
  4. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    I sure dont know of any off the top of my head either. Ol Grump would probably know of some spots. Check with him.
     
  5. theonecatfishbob

    theonecatfishbob New Member

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    When we were kids we caught bullhead out of Dardenne creek. We would go under the old bridge behind the spillway on lake 33. The bridge is gone now but I would guess the bullheads are still in the creek. Uh thats in Busch Wildlife area in Weldon Spring
     
  6. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    I do see what you are saying, Cuz, but personally, I think of Grump more of a flathead type.:wink:
     
  7. olejer

    olejer New Member

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    Kutter;1472151]I do see what you are saying, Cuz, but personally, I think of Grump more of a flathead type.:wink:

    My, We're Quite the little sh!tt Disturber these days
     
  8. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    I would think any of them little creeks in the area would be good, I'd bet there at Alton dam after the high water goes down enough to trap in them sloughs they should be loaded with bullheads.... as far as close to ya, all the little creeks over my way have all ya want, but your looking at a 60-70 mile round trip, maybe the horse shoe lake over that way it has several little creeks feeding into it....
     
  9. Grumper

    Grumper New Member

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    Josh, I don't know anywhere off the top of my head. I've only caught a few in some of the small ponds fishing for channels growing up. I do know of a place up north that sells them, I'm pretty sure. It's called Buzzard's Roost up at Mark Twain Lake, In Florida, MO. If you are interested in an alternative bait, I've caught alot of big flatties on big goldfish. (6-10") They work pretty good for blues too. You might also try some bluegill. A good friend of mine has been catching alot of flatties in the past couple weeks in the rocks using hand size bluegill, on the Mississippi.:wink:
     
  10. JMANWI

    JMANWI New Member

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    Thanks for everyone's help. I have tried bluegill and goldfish along with shad. They do work well. The problem is that a lot of the places I seem to find flatheads there are lots of gar. My experience is that bluegill and goldfish and especially shad usually can't take many gar hits before they die. Bullheads are about as tough as fish get so that's why I really like to use them. Randy, I do fish Illinois from time to time. Any creeks near New Athens where they are easy to catch. 60-70 miles is no big deal if I can get a bunch.
     
  11. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    Kutter, you tryin to look like The Godfather with that avatar? :smile2: Should we call you Tom Corleone or sumpn? Are you the Godkutter? :smile2:

    The Godkutter, ruler of the rains. :smile2::cool2:
     
  12. poopdeck [patrick]

    poopdeck [patrick] New Member

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    Like randy said, horse shoe lake by granite city. It is full of them.
     
  13. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Have to agree about Horseshoe Lake. Holden lake, nearby is also a good bet.
    Not so sure about below Alton Dam. Never found bullheads anywhere flats could be. :wink:
     
  14. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Cuz, bowing is acceptable, curtsying is not.:wink:
     
  15. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Define "these days" please.:wink:

    Not worried about ol Grump, he sold that fancy pistol of his. You did, didn't you Grump, ol buddy ol pal?:wink:
     
  16. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Was referring to the west side there that floods out along the road past the gas station, OH YEA never mind you probably don't know where the fuel stop is :smile2: :smile2: :smile2:
     
  17. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    I may be wrong, but it occurs to me that I may have just had a slur thrown right up pitch top my head!:wink:





    Not an inaccurate one mind you, but a slur none the less.
     
  18. slider

    slider New Member

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    bullhead catfish? that must have been what i was trying to catch yesterday
    cause they was all bullheaded and wouldnt bite lol

    usually get some in farm ponds but sloughs that been around awhile i usually
    catch some. sny levi drainage is good also
     
  19. Dredge

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    Horseshoe Lake used to be full of bullhead,for sure.I also used to tear em up at Suson Park,of all places.Oh,and Kutter's new avatar?that's what he looks kike after he rehydrates after his winter nap.The hat's for all the rain he brings along.
     
  20. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Hmmmmmm, Old Crow or Wine last night? :smile2: :smile2: