Finding Big Channels cats in a lake??

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by catfishslayer, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. catfishslayer

    catfishslayer New Member

    I fish on a private lake alot i catch alot of channel cats but i only hook into the bigs ones during the spaun by luck i guess.The lake is vey low due to no rain.How do i find the big one this time of the year i like to fish alot in the evening.Due they hang out in the shallows or in the deep i use dip bait alot but im switching to live bait to try to catch the big ones!
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

    Greenup Co. KY
    In the evening or night I'd try the shallows with live and/or cut bait.I'd probably try them both,I've caught many of them on that.I always caught a lot of small eaters with dip bait,none very big.

  3. Fatkat

    Fatkat New Member

    Blanchester, Ohio
    I agree with John, I would try live or cut Shad or Bluegills in the shallows close to a steep drop into deep water, they seem to come out of the deep around night fall to feed on the smaller fish. I do the best on cut Gills, I've never done any good on dip baits. Attached is a pic of some Channels I caught on cut gills in 2 to 5ft of water close to 24ft of water. The largest was 7 lbs. nothing very big but still a nice mess of fish. Hope this helps ya some.

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