New to catfishing

Discussion in 'INDIANA RIVERS TALK' started by newcat, May 18, 2008.

  1. newcat

    newcat New Member

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    I am new to catfishing (have fished for bass my whole life) and would like some advice. Where are some good spots south of indy?

    Thanks in advance for any helpful info.
     
  2. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC.Not familiar with the Indy area but theres alot of guys on here from your area.
     

  3. bnorth

    bnorth New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC from West Lafayette. Glad to have ya.
     
  4. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    WELCOME TO THE BOC , SORRY CAN'T HELP YOU WITH THAT ? BUT THERE IS SOME BRO.'S THAT CAN AGAIN WELCOME FROM SO. ALABAMA
     
  5. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Dominic,
    Welcome to the BOC and the world of catfishing.
    That's a pretty open ended question.
    There are a lot of places south of Indy from the White River all the way down to the Ohio River with many other rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds in between.
    What are you looking for, running water, still water, big water, small water? Are you looking to catch Channels, Flatheads or Blues? Eaters or trophies?
    Do a search on Indiana and check the Indiana sections and see what comes up that appeals to you.
    Don't be getting rid of that bass gear, you are going to need bait:wink:
    ...W
     
  6. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Newcat Welcome to the BOC, from So. Illinois. You will love this brotherhood.:0a23::0a25::0a25:
     
  7. Apache Flats

    Apache Flats New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC from Tucson Arizona. Lots of info here on anything you can imagine.
     
  8. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    I don't know of a waterway in Indiana which doesn't have catfish in it. Any river, creek, lake, or pond in your area should have catfish in it. Since your new, fishing for channels might be a better way to break the ice unless your wanting to get right into flatheads.

    The fish are either on the spawn or close to spawning season. Best bet is to fish shallow areas with good cover (timber, grass, gravel, concrete, etc.), places where the catfish will go to spawn. During this time of the year I tend to have good luck fishing for channels using a bobber which is about 3 feet deep using cut bait. As for cut bait, it depends on where you are fishing. If the main forage of the waterway is shad, use cut shad, if its bluegills/sunfish, that's the direction you want to go in. Selecting cut baits is a lot like selecting lures for bass fishing based on what the main forage of the waterway is. If you are fishing rivers around this time of the year, bridge piers are generally a hot place for spawn season channel cats. Fish the slack water behind the piers. If the current in the area is heavy then fish the bottom, but if it is slower the bobber presentation will work well.
     
  9. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    A big Texas welcome to ya! Check out the library when you get a chance.
     
  10. whiskers77

    whiskers77 New Member

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    Welcome, glad to see you made the switch from the dark side. You will love catfishing, and the BOC has everything you need, most of all it has some best people around.
     
  11. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    welcome aboard Nick, Monroe Reservoir has some good size channel cats down by Bloomington. I hear a lot of good things about the White river also. Good luck
     
  12. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    Welcome tu the BOC ,Come down to the Ohio River !!!
     
  13. coondog east fork

    coondog east fork New Member

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    welcome to the boc try the white river
     
  14. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Nick.
     
  15. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Nick!!!:big_smile:
     
  16. crazyjet1

    crazyjet1 New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC nick just give us a little bit more of a specific area south of indy your trying to start in. I fish all around indy and anywhere south so just let us know im sure some of us brothers can steer you in the right direction.
     
  17. SkiMax

    SkiMax New Member

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    Somebody already mentioned Monroe. It is a great channel cat fishery. The average channel will weigh 7-8 pounds, which is much better than our average fish on the Ohio River. Monroe also has a flathead fishery. Any tree you see that is down will have a flathead or two on it (in my experience). We catch alot of flatties in the 10-15 pound range on live bluegill or shad, just fish close to the structure. Our real big boys (over 30 pounds) out of Monroe all come on crappie. Use a 6-7 inch crappie and clip it's tail so it swims eratically and keep it anchored with a 3-4 ounce sinker.

    Last year my buddy caught a 58 pound flathead out of Monroe, he caught it on a *gasp* largemouth bass *gasp*. Before anybody complains, using gamefish for bait is legal in Indiana! They just must be caught on rod and reel and meet minimum length requirements.


    But for big big fish, you can't beat the Ohio River, plus I like fishing current better than still water.
     
  18. Wabash River Bear

    Wabash River Bear New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Nick! Lots of good spots on the White south of circle city, locations depend on if you are bank or boat fishin?
     
  19. rob128146

    rob128146 New Member

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    NEWCAT WELCOME TO THE BOC MY FRIEND.:big_smile: YOU ARE NOW A BROTHER IN THE BROTHERHOOD. COMING TO YOU FROM NORTH CAROLINA. SORRY NO INFO ON INDY BUT HOPE AND WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR CATFISHING ADVENTURES!!:tounge_out::roll_eyes: YOU KNOW THERE IS A OL SAYING. WHAT BASS FISHERMAN VIEW AS A TROPHY WE USE AS BAIT!:big_smile::cool2: COM ON'
     
  20. newcat

    newcat New Member

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    I am thinking about fishing the White River in the Martinsville area. Anybody fish there or any of the surrounding boat ramps?

    Again, thanks in advance.