Have you ever seen a 100 Blue Catfish while fishing...

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by blackwaterkatz, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    a couple hundred or more blue catfish, pre-spawn scars, hanging around in a turbine discharge today. Many of them were in a heads up, tail down attitude, while others were working the turbulent water. They were all in the discharge of a small generating turbine. I've seen a couple of individuals do this before, but the sheer numbers that I saw today were amazing! They were healthy fish; one of them even tried to swallow a turtle that was a little too large for him.
    Pics were made with my camera phone, so they aren't the greatest.
     

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  2. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    amazing, june bugs aren't out there yet are they?
     

  3. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    Where was your fishing rod???
     
  4. dafin

    dafin New Member

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    Only place i have seen anything like that was at a hatchery feeding station.
     
  5. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    Wow...Thanks for sharing that.
     
  6. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    Tommy, Thats pretty neat thanks for sharing the pics and the story.:wink:
     
  7. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    They do that down at Trumans outlet also. People feed them fish food and dog food, and have been for years. I think they are used to it, and they know to come back. :cool2:
     
  8. j.bridges

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    never seen nothing like that before...my guess is they may have been just enjoying the warm surface temp...
     
  9. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    Thats awsome :cool2::cool2::cool2:
     
  10. Welder

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    I seen em do that twice @ bagnel dam below lake of the ozarks -- it was aug both times. Fish up to 50 lbs they all just hangen in the house turbine flow head up tail down so thick ya coulda walked across em. To bad they was in the no fishing zone. Asked a conservation agent about it and he said he wasent shure why they was doen that.
     
  11. PeeDee Cat

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    Thanks for sharing. Very interesting observation.
    PEEDEE CAT
     
  12. bream reaper

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    Wow, thats pretty wierd.
     
  13. healthydrink

    healthydrink New Member

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    Tha is pretty cool. I have never seen anything like that before. I fish mainly in the lake, I wonder if it is just a phenomenon of a discharge or something.
     
  14. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    Thanks for sharing the pictures and story. Never saw that before.
     
  15. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I had emailed Fishfindersc, who has many years experience working with a lot of different species, and I have a lot of faith in his observations. This makes a lot of sense to me:
    So, it is very likely related to the fact that there just isn't enough food for them in the sanctuary right now. There was a lot of spillage over the dam on Saturday night during the storms, and the bait fish could have been flushed downstream or something, I guess. At any rate, there were literally hundreds of fish; I was being conservative at 200, but I hope most of them will make it.
     
  16. westvirginiacatfish

    westvirginiacatfish New Member

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    That's amazing I've never seen anything like that. :crazy:...Thanks for sharing.:cool2:
     
  17. sdavis76

    sdavis76 New Member

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    thats some bad pics ive never seen anything like that before
     
  18. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    A food fish of some type may be there. maybe grinded shad.
     
  19. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    Wow...Thanks for sharing
     
  20. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    About the only time I've seen this type of behavior is with Carp. Usually this occurs during the Cottonwood trees dropping the cotton and the Carp sucking it up. Never seen this type of behavior with Catfish!! Thanks for sharing the pics. Very interesting!!

    Was it an exceptionally warm day? Maybe the catfish are just sunning themselves. Getting a suntan?? :roll_eyes: Don't know, but I would of liked being there with pole in hand!!