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I can remember two years ago,me and a younger partner of mine had set out for a night/day on the river. We arrived to see the dam had been released and thus flooded out the river, it was up a good 6 ft. Well I had a pair of hip waders with me so we decided to walk in and see if we could find a location worth fishing. After one brutal walk we happened upon a feeder creek. The creek was full of water but the current was totally cut off. The creek at normal pull was probably a few inches deep, but at this point in time it was more like 3 or 4 ft. We placed lines just inside the mouth of the creek where the current cut off and sure enough landed two nice (25 and 30lbs) flatheads in a matter of an hour. It was daylight and we decided to leave early as we had to walk through a ft of water just to reach this little piece of land that was sticking up out of it. I guess I am saying to really look to slackwater areas or feeder creeks that run into the river, that are otherwise current free. Flats will wait at the edge of the creek waiting for whatever to drift by struggling in the harsh currents. If you can get back to them or across and in front of the mouth, you may just have found yourself a high-water level hole, which are very, hard to find!

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We were using live still, although scent probably does play an increased role when the water clouds, catfishes are using this sense constantly. I prefer not to go the stinky route if at all possible as we have turtle issues here.
 

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My first few years chasing flats I really struggled during high water periods. I learned my lesson on how to read water during the high water period by using my digital camera.

A few years ago during late summer when we were at our lowest flow - I took my digital camera out on a scouting trip and shot digital photos of all my prime catfish spots and of all the main channel and backwater spots that are really affected during high water. I paid special attention to island points, shoreline areas with down timber and large exposed root wads that would be under water during high flows. Looking at the shoreline and islands during low water you can get a mental picture of what if would look like under water.

Now during the early season high water I take out my photo album and I can find each spot and tell you what timber is under water - I can pretty well interpret what the current is doing on that piece of shoreline structure and where some of the best cat holding areas will be. It really does work - I'm not just stabbing in the dark anymore - I can now fish on high value target areas.

Here is a photo from one of my areas - picture this with 5 more feet of water on it. Where do you think that channel cat or flathead is sitting waiting for supper.
 

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Thanks for reminding me about the good results I've had , fishing backwaters during flood conditions. HOWEVER, you are NOT gonna find me putting on some drownin' boots (waders) and walking through muddy floodwaters. Fatboys float, but not that good.
 

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go to mega cat crew .com and he has pictures and talks about stuff like this
anyways an eddy is a place where the water spins or does not have current
usually is over a hole and the current goes by it fish like it because the meal comes to them i hope i helped and hope i explained it
i have a hard time with words sometimes
 
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