water temp questions

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by GoCatGo, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. GoCatGo

    GoCatGo New Member

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    I just got into flathead fishing this past July and am really hooked on it now. I have never started a season in the early spring, so I'm not sure about a lot of things pertaining to early fishing.

    My questions are:

    1) How early in the year can a guy consider making an effort to fish them. Keep in mind that right now the Mississippi river, in Wisconsin, has a foot of ice on the major portion of it. That should start to change in the next week or two.

    2) After the ice goes out, at what temp do the flatties get active?
     
  2. rspd507

    rspd507 New Member

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    Jim,
    Most here say that the magic number is somewhere around 55 degrees. The Flatties get active at that temp and start looking for food. rspd507
     

  3. zeboman

    zeboman New Member

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    When the ice is gone start fishing and keep track of when you start catching flatheads,keep us posted.
     
  4. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    I am not a flathead fisherman, but I do notice a large number of them being caught by bass fishermen when the waters hit the 60 degree mark. All of my flatheads have come in water above 60 degrees.
     
  5. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    55 is the magic number here in Ohio. Consider though that some have been caught in colder temps especially late fall and early winter. :wink:
     
  6. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    I will start when the water hits low to mid fifties.It may start slow but the warmer it gets the more it will pick up.They will be hungry so the earlier the better imo.
     
  7. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    i start around 50 but 60 would be better i think. be sure to keep us updated on your cold waterr sucsess please.
     
  8. uttatoo

    uttatoo New Member

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    fifty is a good number but a good hot day will get them to move during the day thats how i track them in the early spring
     
  9. orion_xxvx

    orion_xxvx New Member

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    I believe when it rains first time and its pretty comfortable to stand in .........may here in missouri is when its good to start.. as early as late april.
    But when creeks are out of banks for couple of weeks things get exciting.
     
  10. firechief4201

    firechief4201 New Member

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    Never seen the rivers around me freeze like that but water in the 50's