cold water flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by head hunter, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. head hunter

    head hunter New Member

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    will flatheads feed on shallow flats in 50 degree water at night ??? or,,stay in the hole to feed. or do they feed more during the day in cold water?:confused2:
     
  2. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    we get them in and near the holes during the day this time of year. i dont do much night fishing in fall/winter. also get more hits on cut baits than live when waters cold.
     

  3. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    1st off,Welcome to the BOC Randy!:0a25:.I don,t think it makes as much difference this time of year between day and night.If I were gonna still try it would definetly be deep though.Don,t think they,re gonna move too far away from those deep holes.
     
  4. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    :0a25::0a25::0a25:stay deep,they're gonna bite slower and you'll have to work harder for them.and if you do go shallower stay real close to the deep water.the main thing in cold weather is patience,patience,and patience.
     
  5. head hunter

    head hunter New Member

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    thanx for the info guys, and,,,to river scum,,,good luck on the halloween flat this year. keep them vids coming ,I check"em out all the time. along with vids from DTROFISHON.
     
  6. catwhisper

    catwhisper New Member

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    Welcome Randy, they just bite slow this time of the year but they got to eat so hang in there they will bite.
     
  7. bushwack

    bushwack New Member

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    went out last wednesday, early morn, Mississippi river,,, caught my limit of ten in two and a half hours,,,, missed 6 or 7,,, two hung me up in rocks and broke me off,,,, water was 55 degrees,,, it was a GREAT day,,, I couldnt keep two poles in the water
     
  8. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    thanks brother, we gona try. lol
     
  9. spencer8484

    spencer8484 New Member

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    when you all say deep how deep are you talking about? the lake i fish in has a river channel running through it that bends real sharp and cuts down to about 75 feet in some places. our thermocline is much shallower than that most of the year so i am wondering how much time they ll spend below that layer on the bottom?
     
  10. CatFighter

    CatFighter New Member

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    I was about to ask this same thing. how deep is deep?

    In my river, the water is about 15' deep with some holes being about 40'. Is 15' with cover deep enough to be considered "deep"? I know flatheads will feed sometimes as shallow as 3-4' in the summer.
     
  11. flatheadslayer

    flatheadslayer New Member

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    when its cold i target 15 to 30 ft. according to where i'm fishing.
     
  12. head hunter

    head hunter New Member

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    The lake I fish has the main hole by the dam thats 40 feet,,with some scatterd holes in channel ranging 20 to 30 feet. I've fished the deepest to the shallow water with the same result in cold water,,,no fish !! Not even a channel on cut bait
     
  13. CatFighter

    CatFighter New Member

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  14. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    It gets to a point it seems from a line from MO to KS to Il along the bottom of the states that the winter flathead bite just dont happen. I have only caught one in mid MO in Jan and that was bass fishen in a spring confluence. It is proven fact that fish above that line when the water hits 45 deg they seek wintering holes and go dormant till water temps hit 52 deg in spring. So if ya above that line after Nov hang it up till march, ya better off fishen for blues or deer hunting.
     
  15. BubbaCat

    BubbaCat New Member

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    :crazy:give me some of that !!:big_smile: