Flathead catfish on the Neosho River?

Discussion in 'KANSAS RIVERS TALK' started by Catmaster, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. Catmaster

    Catmaster New Member

    SE Kansas
    Has anyone started catching flathead on the Neosho yet this year? If so how are you fishing them.
    All that I have been catching is channel using liver and cut shad.
  2. Catcaller

    Catcaller Active Member

    The flathead are biting in the Neosho river below the low water dam at Chetopa, Ks.

    My buddy and several others have been catching flats on nightcrawlers in the last two weeks. I'd imagine live black perch, chubs, or live or fresh cut shad would be a good choice as well.

    My buddy caught several nice flats from 10 lb or so up to 25 lb. I also saw a few snagged and released by spoonbillers as well.

    So...they're there...but the weather hasn't been cooperating very well. The fishing would be much better if it would warm up substantially. These 20 and 30 something degree nites don't allow the water to warm up very consistently.

    The spawning run of the blues and flats on the Neosho river is legendary among us locals...and the trigger is the water temp. Once it reaches 60-62 degrees...it's on.

    We're not quite there yet...but the fish are biting sporadically.