flathead help

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by bluecatnut, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    i am new to cattin and i am wondering if the flathead likes the colder weather like the blue cat does, because this summer i went to a couple places on the cumberland with alot of nasty cover and i was using 4' shad and small pumpkin bream and nothing. i can't wait to hook one

    dusty
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  2. catfishslayer05

    catfishslayer05 New Member

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    i have found when fishing cold water,troll the bottom real slow with shad or
    bluegill heads.The shovelheads i have caught in cold water where off the bottom.
     

  3. MUDHOLE KID

    MUDHOLE KID New Member

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    Blue cats like colder water much more than flatheads.I've caught flatheads in water as cool as 48 degrees,but for the most when the water starts dropping below 55 to 50 degrees they seem too get lazy.Not saying you can't, because I know you can,but mid to low 50's is geeting cold for the flatheads.Blues is another story,I really don't know if it gets too cold to cat blues.I've caught them in water temps in the mid fortys.
     
  4. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    like mudhole said,50* man. go getum bro. while you can!
     
  5. barbel

    barbel New Member

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    I have heard somewhere that flatheads partially bury themselves in the mud during the winter, because it can be something like 5 degrees warmer. Flatheads are more of a warm-water fish than the blues. Blues are supposedly the kings of cold water, and that some of the best ones you get can be during the winter. flatheads do like warmer water, though. Most flathead anglers quit for them after the water drops much below 60*F.
     
  6. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    I have to agree with all the above. Ive never caught any flats below 55 degrees water temp.
     
  7. MUDHOLE KID

    MUDHOLE KID New Member

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    I have but it's not in great numbers.If I catch one good flathead on a winter trip I feel I've done good.I don't fish for numbers anyway. :D
     
  8. nuthinlikeacat

    nuthinlikeacat New Member

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    Wow, I do learn something new everyday. Being we don't have blues here in MN, I was under the assumption that it got too cold up here in the winter time for them. Thanks for the info!