Catfish question

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by fowlnfish, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. fowlnfish

    fowlnfish New Member

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    I've been fishing a city pond for catfish. If I tightline circle hooks with crawlers, I can catch little tiny catfish (10-12") all night long from the little cove. Haven't caught one cat out of this pond bigger than a foot, though. Tried crawlers, livers and cutbait.

    Is it a good catfishin spot that will produce a bigger fish eventually? Or do I need to move around the pond and find where the bigger ones hang out? Thanks for the help, this is a very helpful site.
     
  2. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    Welcome to the BOC. I would move around the pond. Try the deeper water with liver or cut bait.
     

  3. tnvol

    tnvol New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC! Move around a bit and try larger baits.
     
  4. AlaCatter

    AlaCatter New Member

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    Try using some small live bream. Hook them the right above the tail fin. Also find some kind of structure near deeper water. If there is a big'un in there, you will find him. The pond is most probably stocked with fingerlings, but you never know
     
  5. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

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    It may not be a good spot..Though I would try some of the recommendations that everyone has posted about before I move on..Usually when theirs a lot of small fish it will stunt the growth so if all else fails I would find a better fishing hole..
     
  6. fowlnfish

    fowlnfish New Member

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    Makes sense, I hadn't thought about stockers, I just thought it was the big ones havin babies. :smile2: I'm trying to have my cake and eat it too, I guess, this pond is 7 minutes from the house. I did try a different fishin hole yesterday and caught a nice 24" channel on a sunfish so maybe I need to start fishing there.

    Thanks for the replies, guys. I've learned a bunch at this place so far.
     
  7. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    It depends on how hard the place is fished.If its fished really hard then i wouldnt expect very big ones to be caught,they could be getting caught before they have a chance to grow up.
     
  8. ChannelCatBen

    ChannelCatBen New Member

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    I'd use cutbait. A nice big chunk of it, preferably from a bream or whatever else lives there.

    And I'd also remember that there's absolutely nothing wrong with catching numbers of smaller fish.
     
  9. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    You might just have a pond full of bullheads.:eek:oooh::sad2:

    I know where a few small ponds are that are full of them and not one channel will come out of them.:sad2:
     
  10. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Sounds like everbody's posts are right on track. I definently agree with the pond being stocked with fingerlings. Not to say there's bigger cats in there. Maybe try motivating around the pond, looking for cover. Try some cutbait or livebait. Be patient! It could happen. Good luck. Hope you catcha hog!!

    Flamekeepers post on bullheads is a definent possibility too. I've seen it happen at many farm ponds where these little guys can overrun a pond stocked with channels and other fish.
     
  11. fowlnfish

    fowlnfish New Member

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    Thanks again for all the help guys. My new hole is way better than the one I posted about, I've had 4 nice ones on and landed 2, and only fished there twice. The little city pond is good for crappie and the elusive tiger muskie but I don't think I'm catfishin' there anymore! Plus I can bowfish for carp at the new place.:wink:
     
  12. rhuffman

    rhuffman New Member

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    I think Kenny may be right could be full of bullheads and nothing big. We have a few around here like that. I've also heard if you are catching lots of channels there's probably no big flatheads there. Hope this helps
     
  13. team salmon

    team salmon New Member

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    I KNOW HERE IN KANSAS WE HAVE CITY LAKES AND PONDS THAT ARE IN OUR URBAN FISHING PROGRAM - THE IDEA IS TO STOCK EATING SIZE FISH ON A REGULAR BASIS TO MAKE FISHING ACCESSABLE TO THOSE THAT USUALLY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FISH OTHERWISE - IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW FRESH FILLETS SOUND LIKE THIS WOULD BE THE TICKET - I WOULD CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL DEPT. OF WILDLIFE AND SEE IF THEY'RE NOT DOING SOMETHING SIMILAR - A LITTLE BAIT IS ALOT CHEEPER THAN FISH AT THE MARKET - PLUS IT'S ALWAY FUN TO CATCH THEM EVEN IF THEY'RE SMALLER - ULTA LITE TACKEL MAY BE A WAY TO MAKE THIS BODY OF WATER A LITTLE MORE INTERTAINING THOUGH:wink:
     
  14. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    good luck Matt on that elusive big kittie:wink: