Roll call

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by jolie, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. jolie

    jolie New Member

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    State:
    PA
    I would like a roll call of sorts.

    lots of interest in my state for the mighty flathead. Also lots of intense interest in the mighty blue. But channels cats are almost an afterthought (unless there are absolutely huge 15#+- then they are an oddity)...

    well unfortunately, I live 50 miles away from any flatheads but I'm loving fishing for those channels. and if you compare channels to anyother fish in PA waters; EXCEPTING flatheads, carp, and muskies- they are just huge!


    So what I was wondering was how many of you fish seriously for channel catfish, what rivers (or lakes) do you fish, and whats you biggest.

    I'll start. I think it will be interesting to see how many serious channel catters we have here and from what states.

    PA JOlie Alleghany River 5# 23"
     
  2. Ghosth

    Ghosth New Member

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    State:
    North Dakota
    Well I fish the Red River in Fargo North Dakota. While I know there are flat heads in the river, I've yet to catch one more than 6" long. There are loads of those little guys around so I know the big ones are there. However It seems the flatheads tend to be a lot more structure oriented. And prefer live or big chunks of cut bait. Both of which can be hard or expensive for me at times.

    I'm primarily a bank fisherman, while I do have access to a pair of kayaks and a 10' John boat. Neither is really my idea of a nice lazy afternoon in the shade with a fishin rod.

    So yes I do target channel Cats.

    We have some good ones up here, the biggest ones tend to be farther north where the river is bigger. North of the canadian border South of Winnipeg they are almost legendary.

    However the river seems to have a lot of channel cats from 6" up to 6 or 7 lbs. While I have caught bigger ones in the past I did pretty much go hunting for them. Fishing structure, large minnows, frogs, etc.

    These days I'm mostly satisfied experimenting with new baits and techniques.

    Picked up a dandy 7lber this afternoon on a chunk of hotdog. That was a first for me.

    One of these evenings I'm going to have to try floating half a goldeye or a big chunk of sucker just to see if there are any monsters out there. But for now any fish big enough to put a good bend in my rod puts a smile on my face. Channel cat prefered, but Carp fights well also, and 5 - 10 lbers are abundant up here.
     

  3. Guns & Cockpits

    Guns & Cockpits New Member

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    120
    State:
    California
    I fish the mighty Colorado river for my channels. They average between 5 and 15 pounds in the area that I've grown up fishing. There are flatheads around, but they're few and far between on the river. My personal best is a 22 pounder two years ago on Labor Day weekend.
     
  4. terrycook3

    terrycook3 New Member

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    State:
    minnsota
    hi- i fish for channels at least three times a week- ive caught a great many 10-20 lbers-so the size is there!gl to you
     
  5. Dave L

    Dave L New Member

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    State:
    Minnesota
    I have yet to target flats though someday I will. Channels are mostly my game. I have caught them as small as 6 inches and as long as 37 most being in the 24 inch to 34 inch range. I go when ever I get a chance, about 3 times a week.
     
  6. Joe Car

    Joe Car New Member

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    State:
    Mo.
    I fish for channels around south east missouri.

    Summer time is the right time. chug a mug, cast and wait.
     
  7. littleman

    littleman Active Member

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    540
    State:
    Illinois
    When I have my kids with me I always take them fishing for channels. We usually go to Lincoln Trail S.P. Which has a really nice boat dock area that is well lit and with enough fish to catch to keep my little ones entertained.
     
  8. roondad

    roondad New Member

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    State:
    ill.
    well I'm no pro, so I fish for anything with whiskers and smooth skin!!!! oh yeah and swims:embarassed::smile2:
     
  9. ChannelCatBen

    ChannelCatBen New Member

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    State:
    Minnesota
    I'm mostly into channels, hence the screen name.

    I fish the Minnesota River and the Upper Mississippi around the Minneapolis area. They do get big around here. I've caught 'em up to 15#, but I've seen bigger. I fish flats sometimes, too, but since most of my fishing time is during the day, I tend to focus on channels.

    Cut bait is the go-to around here. Lob it out, sit back, put a ball game on the radio, and wait 'em out.

    Flatheads are fun, for sure, but I've never caught more than a couple in a session. Channels, on the other hand... I've had several 20+ fish days with the channel cats.
     
  10. Pirate Jerry

    Pirate Jerry New Member

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    State:
    Yulee Florida
    I target Channel cats mostly in the winter when the turtles are dormant. Last Feb I caught a 9, 11, 14 and a 16 pounder in one week.
     
  11. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    10,798
    State:
    Oklahoma
    Only channels here in my area,I go visit my inlaws in Oklahoma for blues,I'd rather fish there anyway,lots better fishing.
     
  12. wneubauer

    wneubauer New Member

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    State:
    McKinney, TX
    I used to hit the rivers for channels when I was a kid all the time. I still don't mind catching them eating size or bigger..
     
  13. Doneinne

    Doneinne New Member

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    State:
    Fremont, Nebras
    Nebraska has all three. Channels are the most popular and most abundant. Most of the lakes are sand pits or reservoirs. My personal best by length is 32" by weight it was a 14lb 30" fish. Cutbait has produced all of my fish over 5lbs.
     
  14. catdaddy007

    catdaddy007 Member

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    State:
    SE Arkansas
    When I'm fishing with rod & reel I target channels. When I'm running trotlines, and limblines I target flatheads, and blues. But I always put one line out just for channels. I fish for channels with rod & reel at Lake Chicot in Lake Village, Ar. I fish the Saline river and the Ouachita river in southeast Arkansas for all of 'em.
     
  15. cat'n around

    cat'n around New Member

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    State:
    Vanceboro N.C.
    wow from what i have read in the posts i need to realize how good i have it here. i fish the neuse river and we have all 3 types here. its not uncommon to catch 30 to 40lb range flats and blues here. and channels from 15 to 20lb range. :eek:oooh:
     
  16. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    State:
    Kentucky
    I have fished for channels for many years. Recently I started getting into flats more seriously in the spring, summer, and fall. I still put out a rod every time I go for channels. This year I really want to break my P.B. channelcat of 12 lbs. I lost one at the bank one night that was probably twice that big. They are what I target when I want some meat for the freezer and Bluecats about 5 lbs.:wink:
     
  17. Bossofbeefbowl

    Bossofbeefbowl New Member

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    State:
    Hanover Park,IL
    I just started fishing for Channels while I target bass at a local lake.I can't really afford to go too far from my home so the best I can do is a small lake in which they get up to 10 pounds.Perfectly fine for me considering both my rods are set up with 8lb test.I'm happy catching anything that puts up a fight and they're about the biggest thing close by me.
     
  18. lance

    lance New Member

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    2,658
    State:
    kentucky
    I don't target flatties but sometimes throw out a bluegill in hopes . We have channels,blues,flats,and the smaller cats here in KY such as white and bullheads . I predominantly catch channels I never started thinking about weighing fish I guess a 29 incher might be 10 or 12 lbs ? I have caught plenty of channels 18 to 25 in. Farm ponds the KY river and lake barkley tailwaters are my usual haunts .
     
  19. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    State:
    Ohio
    When I first started catfisng years ago I targeted channel cats...It was a blast... But the I made the mistake of cathing my first flathead:roll_eyes:

    The water I fish seems to have more flats thean channels
     
  20. FISHSKINNER

    FISHSKINNER Member

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    State:
    Texas
    Name:
    Mike
    I fish for all three but I usually go for channelcats in small 1 to 5 acre ponds near my house about 3 or 4 times a week in the evening when there's not time to go to the lake.