Favorite river conditions for flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by walexa07, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. walexa07

    walexa07 New Member

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    I have a good bit of flathead fishing experience........using limblines, but seems I often pick the wrong river conditions. Fishing charts and such can point it out to be the best weekend of the month, I use bait that has served me great in the past, everything seems right and end up with nothing the whole weekend. I know alot of fresh water from rain can be bad, as well as a river that is rising or dropping too fast. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Waylan

    Fishing the Ouachita River in Louisiana
     
  2. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    ok, what about trotline?? I do trotline sometime in Arkansas, it working for me....
     

  3. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    waylan, i do best when the river is on a rise. i find them consentrated in predictable spots after a good rain. i dont limbline much but fish were you would be putting them. they will stack up at run off ditches and creek mouths,any were they can ambush the food brought to the river from the rain.
     
  4. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    i DITTO THIS POST. i LIKE IT WHEN THEY ARE PREDICTABLE.:confident: :0a23:
     
  5. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    Hey Waylan:


    I caught my biggedst flathead last summer when the we had just gotten about 1.5 inches of rain. M y best luck hasd been high water conditions.
     
  6. heavyduty

    heavyduty New Member

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    I have had my best luck on a rising river just after a good rain too. put your limb lines out just below a creek or spring head,just before a good rain, with live bait,and run them the first chance you get after the rain.
     
  7. bilyjojimbob

    bilyjojimbob New Member

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    Ive had good luck before and after the rain, but by far better luck while it was raining. git r don
     
  8. coolarrow2

    coolarrow2 New Member

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    Here on the river I fish when the river goes on a rise the fishing truns on! I live 80 river miles below a dam and when the river gets lots of rain above the lake and the river goes on a clear rise it's super!! We cat's good flatheads from November to the first of June. During the summer the blue crabs get so bad we can not keep bait on the line so we don't even try. I wish that was not the case because I would really love to run lines that time of year. We just pole fish at night and catch a few but that's about it. I bow fish through the summer.
     
  9. walexa07

    walexa07 New Member

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    So how much can a river be rising per day and the fishing still be great? I normally try to avoid fishing if it is rising/falling more than 2/10ths of a foot/day, but maybe this is a major flaw in my thinking. I really appreciate all the great advice.

    Waylan
     
  10. walexa07

    walexa07 New Member

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    Also of just as much interest..........is when you guys have noted is the worst time to go, regarding river conditions. I really appreciate it.

    Waylan
     
  11. dano40

    dano40 New Member

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    The worst time is really high water and alot of current.
     
  12. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I like moving water and some current.
     
  13. walexa07

    walexa07 New Member

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    Any other favorite or worst favored times to fish for flatheads on rivers?
     
  14. Pylodictis Olivaris

    Pylodictis Olivaris New Member

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    My favorite river conditions are when I am the only one parked at the boat ramp!
     
  15. bigyella

    bigyella New Member

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    The fish in this picture was caught while the river was on a rise! 3 feet in 2 hours, raining strait down, in the middle of the night! It was a miserable night, untill I hooked this guy!
     
  16. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    the best time is a rise (faster the better,my rivers can rise 10ft in hours!) untill the river comes out of its banks. after that they will spead into the timber and naturally become unconsentrated. a rise can come from an up stream dam getting ready for an impending storm. there are stream flow charts for waters near you im sure. they have helped me greatly in my fishing. i wish i could drop you a link but havent learned that yet.


    the worst time is when its on a fall and the temps are goin down too. i dont watch the barometer,so cant touch on that. hopefully some brothers can chime in on that for us.
     
  17. WHEELMOBILE07

    WHEELMOBILE07 New Member

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    Very interesting post, something I haven't really thought about. Thanks guys.

    Wheelmobile07
     
  18. walexa07

    walexa07 New Member

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    I have heard it explained before that the barometric pressure really can't have any impact on the fish..........since just a foot of water depth difference is almost half a psi. But I sure don't know.

    All this information is really great and I plan to change my fishing strategy some this coming spring.

    Waylan
     
  19. catcatcher311

    catcatcher311 New Member

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    Where I fish it is best to fish when the river has stabalized for about a week you can catch them here during rain but the river gets so muddy that it doesn't really help much.
     
  20. redwiskers

    redwiskers New Member

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    I like when the water has been low for a few weeks and then you get a good rain. That seems to really wake the fish up. The way it was explained to me is that when the water is low the flattys find deep water and stay there,when the water starts to rise the will move out of the holes and feed on small fish eating washed in bugs and worms. Made sense to me at the time.