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Just started fishing this lake on a regular basis last year and had pretty good luck starting late may. Several channels from 1 1/2 up to 4 lbs. All on stinkbait. Tried just about everything for bait but only on the dipbait did I catch anything. I want to try to catch some cats earlier this year but am not sure what to use for bait. Any suggestions are appreciated.
 

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try some live bait, big minnows, shad if you can get them, and not just live, I would try liver, crawlers, if you have a bait shop around alot of times they will just give you the dead from the tanks. AND WELCOME !!!
 

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Four or five years ago I was fishing early in the year for crappies with minnows and started catching catfish. Water was high and kinda murky, about two days after a good rain. Fishing around brush in about 5-6 feet of water. Once I started catching cats could barely get the pole back in the water. Had never really tried minnows for cats before, always cutbait and dipbait. With that in mind I really thought it to be a fluke. Heck when I was cleaning one of them it had a shiner in its gut as big as my hand. I live just outside of Galesburg, west central Illinois. Always looking for a good catfishing spot nearby and anyone that wants to fish for them. Thank you for the welcome.
 

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Its not surprising at all really, usually when we are crappie fishing and a spot stops and then you catch a cat, you may as well move on to another crappie hole as they will get run out by the cats, altho it sure is a lot of fun catching them cats on the UL equipment :wink:
 

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I was down state fishin last year at Rend for the first time, late June to be precise. Could not have asked for a better day of fishin, beer, and sun. My buddy and I spent from 10am to 11pm doing nothing but reelin in one cat after another. Nothing more than about 3lbs but it was a helluva lot of fun. Oh yeah, and one nasty sunburn.
 

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Shoot Steve.. should come down for the Rend Lake gathering this year. It is end of June. June 21st to be exact. Check out the BOC Member Gathering forum at the bottom fo the main page.
 

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I'm happy you had a good time at Rend Steve, that is the lake I fish most and have had many days like you described. The end of June is spawn time at Rend. That is the only time I release ( females fat with eggs), Cats over 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. I consider food.
 
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