flathead catfish in colder water

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by oklahoma caveman, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. oklahoma caveman

    oklahoma caveman New Member

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    a river near my homecomes through a hydroelectric dam. this causes the temp of the water to peak at roughly 65 degrees. as far as i know the temp stays fairly constant all year, although it may drop a few degrees i doubt its much. i know this river has a flathead population.

    my questionis how likely are these fish to be caught? would they always be more sluggish than the fish in a normal river system? would they be more easily caught during the winter than fish in a normal river system?

    thx in advance yall
     
  2. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Good Question Fred,It is my understanding that Flathead Cats go dormant during winter periods and head for the deep holes in winter time on rivers and impoundments,but with that said i think you will be able to catch Blues and Channel Cat in the warm water discharge. I would also be interested in knowing the answer also.J.D.
     

  3. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    I am sure that they are catchable. Last winter I know some people that caught some below a warm water dishcarge on mister twisters and jerkbaits.
     
  4. jms43

    jms43 New Member

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    There's a warm water discharge not too far from my house, and from what I hear, they slaughter flatheads in the winter as long as they are running water. That warm water keeps the baitfish up in the channel and the flatheads just follow them.
     
  5. oklahoma caveman

    oklahoma caveman New Member

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    ok to clarify this isnt exactly a warm water discharge. the water is around 65 degrees during the summer, and may drop a few degrees in the winter but im not really sure. it comes from the very bottom of a deep lake so the temp doesnt change much
     
  6. pitbull33

    pitbull33 New Member

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    Ive never fished a discharge, now I must find one and try.
     
  7. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    Look for standing timber in deep water (30-50 ft) use your locator to find the fish on bottom. Most of the time there will be several fish in a small area. I use a short shank hook molded on a 3/4 oz jig head, hook bait thru lips and drop it to the bottom jig it up and down about 1 1/2 to 2 feet. The bite will be slow but when one gets it you will know Use a real lively bait Bullhead about 6" are good