When does everyone start fishing for flathead catfish?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by foreverflathead, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. foreverflathead

    foreverflathead New Member

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    I was just wandering when is a good time to start fishing for flatheads? Is water temperature the big factor. I usually wait untill mid May but often wander if I should start sooner. Also I do alot of my fishing at night, does anyone catch alot of flats during the day?
     
  2. TNcat

    TNcat New Member

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    I start when the water temp hits 70 degrees.
     

  3. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    Forever

    Most here and myself would answer that a water temp above 55 is the time to start.

    Flatheads will bite during the day but mainly in the mornings and again in the late afternoon.
     
  4. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    water temps above 55 as stated above is a good plan.
     
  5. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    in michigan my friends started in mid april and the water temps werent but maybe 40-45 degrees. A lot of smaller flats came up, and the consensus was that the larger ones were still gorging themselves on post-spawn weakened suckers that were still coming down into the river system from spawning in the ditches.

    I didnt try till the post-rain part of mid-may.


    I do know of guys who target em as soon as ice-out, but I rarely hear of much luck.

    Remember the smaller rivers warm up faster- target the mouths with whatever you can legally fish with that is currently spawning in the colder early season. My spidey sense tells me that may be your key.
     
  6. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    Here in Illinois I've been once so far and took a hit. But really aint had no more chances due to temps. and rain. But 50-55deg.(water temp.) you can catch them but you dont catch them consistent until about late May.
     
  7. eaglesfan00000

    eaglesfan00000 New Member

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    I start when I start catching bait fish from the creek.
    April is when they start eating good.
     
  8. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    as soon as temps hit 55 i'll go a time or two, but i wait till temps are 60-65 ( mid-late april) before i start going regularly. from 55-65 degrees the channels go bezerk so thats what i spend time chasing.
     
  9. Sinker

    Sinker New Member

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    Never used ta pay much attention ta water temperature. Always seemed like it was a matter of choice between mushrooms and blues (we called them whitecat back then), and the flathead followed close behind.
     
  10. Larry

    Larry New Member

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    Ive been trying the last few days. Water temp just hit 42 today. If they are biting they are just barely smootchin the bait.
    No action yet. will try couple times a week till the water warms. Hope to hit 55 in the next couple of weeks.
     
  11. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I mainly fish cut bait for channels and flats, so I fish for both of them at the same time..I usually dont start to see much flathead action till early may here in ohio..Mid may till mid june is my favorite time, if the rivers are not flooded.