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While bass fishing on the Meramec River near St. Louis, I landed this little flathead using a small silver spoon. We were fishing off a gravel bar in a couple 4-5 foot pools below riffles. First time I’ve caught a flat on artificials. Surprised the heck out of me but it was a blast on that ultralight rod! I know it’s possible but has anyone had success catching flats (and other catfish for that matter) on artificial baits?

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Yes, used to catch smaller ones up to 10lbs on Rapala's all the time fishing the Mississippi in Minnesota and Illinois. Bass fishermen seem to catch the bigguns alot on artificials
 

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I catch lots of flatheads and channels on lures. My personal best flathead was on a finesse jig fishing for bass. I caught one on a plastic bait flipping a laydown last Friday. They readily eat lures.
This one was from Friday on a plastic creature bait.

A month or so ago on a 4" grub fishing for walleye.

Big channel on a finesse jig this summer.

Channel cat on a popper from this summer. Got a good video of the explosion from this sucker too.

Flathead on a small crankbait.

Little blue cat my son caught on a Ned rig.


They're all big time predators that will hunt down any lure that a bass will eat. I've caught several channel cats on buzzbaits. No bass can match the explosion of a topwater catfish.
 

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A couple of times I've caught catfish with crankbaits. Both times it was in Lake Wylie which is well stocked with catfish.
 

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Most years we'll catch a couple or three little flatheads on artificial lures while bass fishing on the Osage.

I've caught a lot of farm pond channel cats on a hula popper over the years.
 
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