what water temp to start fishing for channel cats

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by YUKON JACK, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. YUKON JACK

    YUKON JACK New Member

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    whats the right water temp to start fishing for shannel cats on shallow mud flats? water depth ranges from 6ft. to 1ft.! any help would be much appreciated!
     
  2. YUKON JACK

    YUKON JACK New Member

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    spell check channel cats. lol
     

  3. SangamonCatKiller

    SangamonCatKiller New Member

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    well if its the same as flatheads then look for the water to be around 54 degrees before the action really picks up. Although I know channels do run a little earlier than flatheads do,.....50 or so???
     
  4. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    As long as the water temp is above 40 degrees you will be able to catch some good channels in the deep holes. Best bet would be cut bait while drift fishing. If you are fishing from the bank try using some slip bobbers in the deepest water you can find. I caught some channels a couple of weeks ago, water temp 42 degrees on the surface.
     
  5. Kowegi

    Kowegi New Member

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    There active at about 50 degrees, but to catch in quanity(spelling?) and quality, its around 70 to 85 degrees.

    good luck!
     
  6. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    i usually tear up the 5+ pounders in about 70 degrees in root systems and riprap. hope that helps