They're gone....overfished river?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Zcat_izmine, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. Zcat_izmine

    Zcat_izmine New Member

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    is it possible that frequently fished areas of a river can get fished out? and if so, how and its a river that flows all the time?
     
  2. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    pressure, food supply, oxegyn levels you name and the fish can sense it and move to a "better" location. If the fishing is tough try different times and baits and if that fails give it a break for awhile new fish will move into prime territory before long. You could even try baiting your hole to pull new fish in to the area your fishing.
     

  3. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    its very possible... it could also be that certain areas only hold fish at certain times of the year... They could also be smart and relieze they get taken out(only if CPR is preformed otherwise they become dinner and don't learn anything) of the water if they look for food in certain spots and avoid those spots...

    look for new spots and fish them... only way you'll be able to find the fish again is by fishing...
     
  4. pursuit

    pursuit New Member

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    Like others have mentioned, the fish might move to another spot or comfort zone if it sees a lot of of pressure. Unless there's a massive die-off due to algae bloom, oxygen, or pH level there should be plenty of fish around. This is especially true if a body of water has a replenishable source of water such as a river. I have witness small ponds with no renewable water source drained in which nobody thought there was any fish left to be amazed that's there's tons of fish. In my opinion, fish like Bass develop lock-jaw from being catch and released too much and seeing the same bait or lure day in and day out. Catfish may be less tempted too take your bait if it's stomach is full.
     
  5. Taliesin

    Taliesin New Member

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    Fishing pressure always has an effect on the fish, but it may not be just from the catching of them.

    This is especially true where boat traffic has increased. The noise of people moving around and boats moving around makes them "skittish".

    Another thing to think of. Has an airport recently started fliying over the area? Any change in the environment can kill the fishing, at least until it becomes commonplace.
     
  6. Mountain Cur

    Mountain Cur New Member

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    As said 10% of the fisher"persons" catch 90% of the fish, so it would make since that fish find the majority of a lake/river unsuitable to setup house keeping. Blues are wanderers but will return to the same place on a regular basis. Channel are "herd" feeders and ususally will feed back and forth through an area. "Ole Flattie" is a home body and will set up residence if he/she likes the area. Best guess they "ain't" extinct in that area, they don't like it for "whatever" reason. Remember the river surface remains fairly constant, but what happens to the river bed with a little increase or decrease of flow????
     
  7. bwanatony

    bwanatony New Member

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    Try fishing the same spot shortly after the next significant rainfall. River fish frequently relocate after noticeable changes in current & water level.
     
  8. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    No body of water (even the ocean) has a limitless supply of fish. More importantly, in this case, though, is the fact that fish are not constantly moving around and relocating. It is very possible (happens all the time, as a matter of fact) that a particular location can be fished out. If all of the fishing stopped, then eventually (days? weeks? depends on number of fish around and season, etc.) other fish would fill back into the area. Problem is - the fishing doesn't usually stop. Oftentimes, the new fish gradually moving to the area are fished out as quick as they can get there.
     
  9. Arkie55

    Arkie55 New Member

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    Is it possible to over fish a spot? Yes it is and here is why. Fish especially catfish, locate is certin loactions in a river where their needs can be met (holes). Food, cover, and comfort are the three primary reasons. In summer, they will inhabit these areas until the water temperature decreases as winter approaches and they change loactions for two of the above mentioned reasons, comfort and cover. As the river level falls fish can sometime become isolated in these locations and under those conditions, they can be "over fished". These fish will remain in these locations and only move under one condition, rising water. When the water rises after a long period of stable or falling river levels, the fish will move up stream and settle into another hole that offers food, cover, and comfort. Changing your fishing method or location to take advantage of these holding areas will make you more successful. Locate several such holding areas (holes) and you'll find an abundence of fish.