Flathead Catfish Patterns

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by jason berry, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. jason berry

    jason berry New Member

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    I just read an article from North American Journal of fisheries Management on Flathead Catfish movements and habitat in the Lower St. Joseph River which could and does apply to most of Indiana. They used electric transmitters so this information is accurate. Some of the information that I thought would be useful to us fisherman is that the flatheads stuck to wood debris 70% or better of the time and liked riprap also. When the water reaches 10 celsius or 50 degrees fahernheit they become pretty inactive and are in their wintering habitat which is deep over 4 meters.

    They did not move any distance when in Wintering habitats until the water reached 50 degrees and then over a two week period they moved back to their original location from the warmer months. It said they moved a distance of about 1000 to 2000 meters in Spring and Fall when returing to these locations. It said in the spring they liked locations of a depth of about 2-5 meters and even over 7 meters. In the summer they were in shallow water from about 1-3 meters and in the fall they liked water that was deeper than 4 meters.

    I found this very interesting, fish a little deeper in the spring than you would in the summer, in the fall fish for them deep. When the water hits 50 degrees the flats are moving to the spots where you usually catch them just holding at different depths. Stick to fishing wood debris or trees and riprap. If you hooked some big ones last year they will be back to their original spots this year. Good luck.
     
  2. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Thats some good info there, thanks for sharing
     

  3. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    Yep,,I second that. Good info.
     
  4. BobbyLee

    BobbyLee New Member

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    Great informative info Jason. Thanks for sharing it with us.
     
  5. bw69r

    bw69r Well-Known Member

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    i'm not all that edumicated so can someone tell me the depths in feet?
     
  6. BobbyLee

    BobbyLee New Member

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    39 in. in 1 meter 4 meters 13 foot ... 39 x ? meters then divide by 12 for feet
     
  7. bw69r

    bw69r Well-Known Member

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    thank ya Bobby, much appreciated.
     
  8. BobbyLee

    BobbyLee New Member

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    No problem. Glad I could help ya out...
     
  9. PaCatfishHunter

    PaCatfishHunter New Member

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    Good information. Thanks for sharing
     
  10. allflats

    allflats Member

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    thanks for sharing with us.
     
  11. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    ".....they moved a distance of about 1000 to 2000 meters in Spring and Fall when returing ......."

    That's basically 1/2 to 1 mile. Whitetail deer generally don't roam more than a 2 mile radius from where they were born.

    Good post Jason, thanks. Is there a link to this article?
     
  12. Da Chummer

    Da Chummer New Member

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    Great info. Thanks
     
  13. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    Great Info!!! Thanks for the info man.
     
  14. pitbull33

    pitbull33 New Member

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    This info will be a great help in my quest for monster flats.
     
  15. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    I posted a thread about flats as an invasive species in a river system and the replies I got were they will go as far as fast as they can devouring everything in their path
     
  16. cj7

    cj7 New Member

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    great info especially about the rocks
     
  17. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    Thanks Jason. That's info I can really use.
     
  18. Eudora

    Eudora New Member

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    Thanks Jason. That's info I can really use.