Where are the channel catfish

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by Montgomery, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Montgomery

    Montgomery New Member

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    I HAVE BEEN FISHING ALOT LATLEY. AND NO MATTER WHAT I DO I CANT FIND THE CHANNELS . HAVE BEEN HAPPY THOUGH FOUND A COUPLE SMALL FLATTS. BUT WHERE DO THE CHANNELS HANG OUT THIS TIME OF YEAR. EVERY YEAR I LOSE THEM ABOUT THIS TIME . AND WOND FIND THEM AGAIN UNTIL NEXT SPRING . ANDI FONT KNOW WHY...... HELP
     
  2. bobby-catfishing

    bobby-catfishing New Member

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    Mike,
    Down here in Texas (Lake Lewisville) I've been catching them in water between 13-20 feet deep. We're chumming the area with range cubes and soured grain. Fishing with Danny King's right on the bottom with a #4 or #6 trebble. The bite has been extremely light and hard to detect on my regular 20 lb gear. I put an 8 lb spinning outfit in the boat this morning and it paid off quickly. I took my 4-year old daughter out this morning and caught my 25 in about 4 hours. That was in between snack time, countless games of "I Spy", coloring books and "Daddy, I need to use the bucket." I would trade fishing with her for anything.
     

  3. Montgomery

    Montgomery New Member

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    i dont have anything to chum with . but i could try deeper water .. .... . .
     
  4. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    York/Harrisburg, PA
    i've been catchin um around the mouth of a large creek in the river. they've been hitting very well on live chubs and bluegill from 3- 6 inches in length. when u use live bait, u also have the chance of tangling w/ a big flathead. good luck!
     
  5. Bacardipr05

    Bacardipr05 New Member

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    They still bitting out here in PA funny thing is they are know slamming the baits. I usually "loose" them after the second week in October.:sad2: Thats why i have been out just about every day....lol.... Well except for today decided to take a break.
     
  6. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

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    Just about any mouth of a feeder creek will hold them, at least in Oklahoma they do. Try liver or worms at the mouths.
     
  7. irishangler

    irishangler New Member

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    Virginia
    I'm in SW VA where it's been very hot and dry. I fish a local lake that has maintained a near normal water level. I've been fishing exclusively at night and have focused on flats near deeper channels on the main lake. Over the past couple of weeks I've seen the channel cat bite slowly turn on. I'm using only fresh cutbait (bluegills) and catching some really nice ones. The last 7 channels have averaged over 10 pounds each. The biggest was 16 pounds. The areas I'm fishing usually hold a lot of baitfish and are also hotspots for stripers and hybrids. The channel cats seem to move up on the flats at night to feed on the same live or injured baitfish. Several of my better nights have come when I'm hearing stripers/hybrids bust on schools of baitfish. Hope this helps. Good luck to you.

    mike
     
  8. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    Waco, Texas, Un
    i have been finding them in the Rivers in about 3-7' of water hanging about 3 foot deep. I fish under the trees and have been having alot of luck on nightcrawlers.