Flathead catfish around Mattoon

Discussion in 'LOCAL ILLINOIS TALK' started by init 4 the CATFIGHTS, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. init 4 the CATFIGHTS

    init 4 the CATFIGHTS New Member

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    I have never went out flatie fishing, just wondering if anyone could give some advice for some mattoon fishing?
     
  2. Redtick

    Redtick New Member

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    I have caught big flatheads on both the Kaskaskia and Embarrass Rivers. The flathead in my avatar was caught at Lake Shelbyville. I know of guys that catch big flatheads below the spillway at Lake Charleston. It is easier catching big flatheads on bankpoles and trotlines than on rod and reels but much more fun to catch with rod and reels. There are some big flatties around Mattoon but you have to work at catching them.
     

  3. mattoonboy4

    mattoonboy4 New Member

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    if u wanna lake fish for flats, i have had some luck at lake charleston in the past, but i would have to agree that u will have much better success settin bank poles in the rivers.