havent fished for channels since oct

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by xposedguts, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. xposedguts

    xposedguts New Member

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    Illinois
    when does the fishin start to pick up again for channels and bullheads on illinois rivers?
     
  2. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    i don't know about illinois, but in the tx panhandle we get a lot of the same weather yall do. we catch cats all through the winter, even through holes in the ice. smaller bait seems to be the key. the channels here have been in a feeding frenzy since february. crushed fathead minnows have been the ticket since then. as the water warms, the baits get bigger, and we switch over to live perch, cut perch, and whole large shad. the best way to find when fish turn on in your area is to get out there and fish em hard! you'll get their patterns figured out pretty quick, and they follow a similar pattern year after year, with a few variables, like spring cold snaps and high water due to rain. hope this helps ya out bud!
     

  3. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Once the water temp gets above 40 degrees you can start to catch every species of cats. When it hits 45 they will become very active. Good luck
     
  4. Dave L

    Dave L New Member

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    It's been since mid Nov. for me. I went out till darn near ice last fall and they were biting then.
    I may have one more week to wait till all the ice is off, enough to be safe anyway. After all a guys got to fish.:big_smile:
     
  5. catfish_jordan

    catfish_jordan New Member

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    Lincoln,NE
    i havent fished for them eather latley.