Water Temperature for the bite to start

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by tbartek, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. tbartek

    tbartek New Member Supporting Member

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    I know this will cause a lot of debate but what water temp are we shooting for when the flattys are gonna finally wake back up?
     
  2. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    50-55 degrees I have read on here several times.
     

  3. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    they start moving around and a slow bite in the 50-55 degree range, but 60 degree mark here in the spring is when things get interesting! rollo
     
  4. uttatoo

    uttatoo New Member

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    totally agree you can get them in the 50 mark but sixty is when they really start and then in the 70's its just fun
     
  5. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Thats what I was gonna say also! Its gonna start getting exciting if the river will ever go down...LOL!
     
  6. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    It's already started!

    Sorry - living down here in SC I love to rub it in a bit now and then. I probably could have got one a month ago, but I generally start fishing around the end of March or beginning of April when the water is in the low 60's.
     
  7. kingneck76

    kingneck76 New Member

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    Last few weekends the water temps have been close to 50 (surface temp.) Very slow bite. I miss Arkansas more and more every spring, and every winter.
     
  8. varmint_sniper

    varmint_sniper New Member

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    i like 55 to 60 degreese
     
  9. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    welcome to boc:cool2:
     
  10. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    nice family picture:wink:
     
  11. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    anything over 45 and they will start. 55-60 range they will be onfire.
     
  12. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    60* was the magical temperature for me this year.
     
  13. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    There is a really good article in the latest edition of In- Fisherman magazine that talks about this very topic. I wont go into to details about the specific temperatures but if you get a chance you should check it out. The lakes here are at 60 degrees right now and we are going tonight to throw out the live Bluegils.......It could get interesting!!!!:eek:oooh::wink::smile2:
     
  14. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    I am new to this flathead thing, but 60 degrees seems to be the mark. The bite here has been good since the lake temps moved and stayed in the 60's a few weeks ago.

    BOC member Price did a seminar at the Carolinas Catfish Club and he said the same thing.
     
  15. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    welcome to the boc the water temps this way has finally started to warm back up because of the sun and heat weve had here lately, the flatties should be biting good right now, I have always caught flatties in warmer water temps than cold, and hopefully soon I will be able to start getting out and start fishing for them. Im happy its that time of year again.
     
  16. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    I can't seem to get any Flathead action with the water temp. under 55*. I think 60* is definetely much better though!
     
  17. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

    PHLIPS4BIGKATS New Member

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    Ilook for 62 to 68 degrees that is what I have found to be the best for the waters I target them in.