Flathead Bank Fishing Savy

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by wolfman, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

    Triadelphia, WV
    Walter Flack
    Just wanted to share a few characteristic consistantcies from my experience fishing for flatheads from the bank. Let me start by saying all this took place in one area of the upper Ohio River when I lived in West Virginia. There was 2 bank spots that I fished knowing that both held flatheads most of the time. The first spot is a creek mouth that empties into the Ohio and I fished a point off that mouth on the down current side. The other was a retired abandoned barge up against the bank that I would fish the down current end of the barge that served as a current break. The following observations produced flatheads for me about the same each year in the same exact spots.

    Live bluegills worked well here most of the time but noticed it was after the sun set that I would catch a few throughout the night, some nights up to 7 or 8 flatheads out of the same spot. The bite would be good for about half hour then stop and pick back up about 1 to 2 hours later. This timing pattern was pretty much consistant all night long. I then started to fish this spot during daylight hours and didnt have much luck until one afternoon, I tried a cut bluegill head. Bingo, yes, you can catch flatheads during the day. I then planned my outings to fish late afternoons into the evening and would catch a couple before dark on cut bluegills, cut suckers and creek chubs, then nothing after darkness. So I would change to live gills,suckers and creek chubs, and would start getting hits like before. Dont know why, just learned that it worked. Also, found that high water conditions produced bigger flatheads better than low water or normal pool conditions.

    Another observation that I noticed from the same two spots was you can catch flatheads during all moon phases. The one consistant thing here was that I would catch more flatheads on the darker nights, but on a full moon would usually catch bigger flatheads, just not as many and bites are few and far between.

    During the spawn the bite would slow down dramatically and I would be catching nothing but smaller flatheads most of the time, and the preferred bait was cut baits during this time both day and night. I would often catch a lot of nice channel cats on bluegill heads during this period. I knew the spawn would be nearing the end when I would start to catch the larger flatheads that were females with bruises on them. They would hit in deeper water than before the spawn. It was explained to me that the bruises were caused by the males bumping the females off the nest and he would guard the nest for the remainder of the spawn.

    After the spawn and from late summer to early fall, the flatheads became more active. They preferred the live baits once again, similar to before the spawn only more aggresive. Again flathead fishing was the best during high water conditions. This was my favorite time of year for flathead fishing.

    Keep in mind this is just one particular geographic area that I fished and realize these observations might not be the same in your area and waters. Just wanted to share a few consistantcies characteristics and patterns from my experience. Good luck and Git-R-Done.
  2. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

    great info walt!!! keep it coming..

  3. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

    Fort Worth, Tex
    Walter, thanks for that info. It is very interesting on how to fish from the bank and still catch some flatties. I would love to go with you sometime if I ever got up your way.

  4. yeppa

    yeppa New Member

    Topeka, Kansas
    Thanx for the info Walter. It will be useful. I plan to learn some river fishin' this year (unless I screw up and find a job right away).
  5. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

    Shelbyville, TN
    that is a very informative post and is the reason why this site is so good. Someday I will have enough knowledge to educate some folks...............I hope!
  6. rspd507

    rspd507 New Member

    Rising Sun,IN
    Thanks for the very informative post. Ill put some of that info to the test in my area and see if it works. This post is definately rep worthy so some coming your way. rspd507
  7. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

    Walter Thanx for the good post :wink:
  8. neocats

    neocats New Member

    I noticed a very similar occurance this past summer while fishing the New Cumberland and Pike Island pools above Wheeling. The majority of flatheads I caught during the day were caught of heads. I used bluegill, white bass, sauger, shad, and skipjack.
  9. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

    South Carolina
    Thanks for sharing your observations. There's some great information there!
  10. river scum

    river scum New Member

    hooterville indiana
    good info and observations there walter! thanks for sharing your insights, thats what this place is all about.
  11. FourWinds

    FourWinds New Member

    Lawton, Oklahoma
    A lot of good info there, thanks!
  12. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

    Napoleon, Mo.
    Thanks for the info. Just proves once again that they can be caught on cut bait. Interesting the difference between night and day.
  13. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

    Yuma, Arizona
    Thanks for the information Walter. Im going to try to pay close attention this year to the behavior traits leading all the way up to spawn.
  14. orion_xxvx

    orion_xxvx New Member

    North Central Missouri
    Thats a very good bit of information . I had a flathead come to surface and take a blue gill that id accidently cast over a tree limb. I was bouncing it off of surface. Only bout six lbs but exciting nonetheless.
  15. tyrupp

    tyrupp New Member

    Thanks for the info. sure am getting a good education hanging around you fine people of the BOC
  16. Bullfoot

    Bullfoot New Member

    Thanks for the good info, Sounds like i need to add cut bait to the list when the bites slow down!
  17. s_man

    s_man New Member

    south east ohio
    Dameon, Are you fishin Flathead waters this spring? If so start when the water hits 50 degrees. If the water is high and fast fish right up aginst the bank. One or 2 ft of water, near dusk, durring the night, or the hour or two before dawn, in an area you know Flatheads patroll.If you find an area between cover and food set up there, fan cast from bank to bank. I want to see a 40+ this year MAN!