Ohio flatheads

Discussion in 'OHIO LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by Fishermancat1, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Fishermancat1

    Fishermancat1 Member

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    Cobb Co. Georgia
    I am curious to know why this state has this great population of flatheads. I mean when i got to website like Stormpages katchaser robby robinson. Man is seams like this has alot of big ones. I had a video called muddy bottom monsters from West Virginia flathead specialist darrell brown. He mention Piedmont lake in Ohio was probably the best lake in the country for flatheads. I'm for Georgia and when i get a chance to fish (whenever that happens!) I'd like to get a piece of the fishing action up there.
     
  2. BassMassey

    BassMassey Well-Known Member

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    Oconee
    the answer is simple......Flatheads are native to ohio waters. Flatheads haven't been in Georgia very long, with the exception of the coosa river where they actually are native. Flatheads have been in ohio waters for thousands of years, most of georgia waters 30 years tops. From what the locals here say they just started showing up on lake oconee not even 10 years ago. I'm sure glad they're here, I moved down here from ohio 3 years ago and when i moved I didn't think Georgia had any flatheads or blues from looking up their native range.
     

  3. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    State:
    Triadelphia, WV
    Name:
    Walter Flack
    Piedmont, Tappan, Clendening, Salt Fork and Senecaville lakes are all very good flathead catfish waters. Clendening has had the state record for a long time. Salt Fork gets a lot of fishing pressure but still has good size flatheads in it. Wouldnt surprise me any if the next state record came from Senecaville. It is under-rated and probably Ohio's best kept secret for trophy flathead catfish. Also the Ohio river pools New Cumberland, Pike Island, Hannibal and Willow Island are great flathead fishing. The Muskingum river is more smaller and shallow, but has good populations of big flatheads.
     
  4. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    State:
    Ohio
    I dont consider ohio that good of a flathead state.

    Robby has told me if he averages 1 flathead every 3 trips he is doing good.

    we have to much fising pressure and to little water for me to consider ohio a good flathead state.

    I have caught some nice flatheads in ohio, but I may only catch 15 flats a year.

    Now if I caught 15 a trip I would consider that great.
     
  5. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    S.E Ohio
    Ohio is a premier flathead state. Now if I caught a flat every time out then I would soon be bored. Fun in fishing is the waiting game an great chats if you have a fishing buddy along.
     
  6. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    south east ohio
    There are big fish here, but its not like you can walk up to the waters edge and latch onto a 40+.
    Ask any of the Ohio members how many trips they take between any two 40+ range fish. And these guys are good, serious, fishermen and women.
    There will be a learning curve, but that's the best part. Getting to know your quarry over many hours, days, weeks, months, or if you still use Hotdogs...Years. lol
     
  7. jason berry

    jason berry New Member

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    State:
    Evansville
    In Arizona catching 10 or more in a trip was common and their growing all year long down in south Arizona where I was at. My best place for fishing for flatheads. I had two favorite spots one for the very large flats and one for catching alot of smaller flats and the occasional big one. Indiana is great for catching big flats but it doesnt compare with Southwest Arizona.At least where I have fished.
     
  8. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    State:
    Akron, Ohio
    To add to the post here the State stocked most of the lakes stated above plus rivers like the Maumee River somehow did get a population of Flatheads.

    Ohio is near the northern most portion of the Flathead Catfish's range so there may not be any 110# fish.

    My 2 cents


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  9. hankgava

    hankgava New Member

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    State:
    Zanesville, Ohio
    John,

    Man that's a nice looking Cat!

    Hank
     
  10. Fishermancat1

    Fishermancat1 Member

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    State:
    Cobb Co. Georgia