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Jan 12, 2022 20:18:50   #
Turczyn4343 Loc: Central IL
 
Going to be new to fishing this lake this year any pointers on fishing for flatheads ? Are there certain areas better than others? What time of year is best on the lake I assume pre spawn and fall?

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Jan 12, 2022 20:28:46   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
While a lot of fisherman use chicken parts, we had our best luck fishing at night and using live perch about as big as a man's hand. Good luck and post pictures of your catch. Just Sayin...RJS

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Jan 13, 2022 12:08:06   #
EdwardL Loc: Tenino Wa.
 
Turczyn4343 wrote:
Going to be new to fishing this lake this year any pointers on fishing for flatheads ? Are there certain areas better than others? What time of year is best on the lake I assume pre spawn and fall?


Blue gills work

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Jan 13, 2022 16:54:29   #
Passingbye
 
Flat Heads are not scavengers, but Apex predators, I used gold fish, half pound carp, fresh cut bait like shad and blue gills are great too. I have caught them in the Yadkin River in NC from 10lbs to 100lbs of boat dragging back breaking monsters. The channel catfish and blues go after chicken livers but don't stay on big hooks very well. Channels are just more fun on a big bait cast rod and reel from the bank or on boat. Usually when the Channels near their end of spawn, the Flats start in shallow waters with a good current to ambush food. Take a friend because with Flat heads you never know what danger you're in until you try to land a monster cat.

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Jan 13, 2022 17:48:03   #
HosChap Loc: Deland, FL
 
I don’t believe Florida has any flatheads. We have blues, channels and bullheads.

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Jan 13, 2022 18:58:24   #
Ben Bragg Loc: Dayton Ohio
 
Yea. Flatheads aren’t a chicken liver kinda deal.
They like live bait fish. Bluegill are popular. Creek chubs are hard to beat.
I fish a local river for smallmouth. Flatheads for some reason can’t resist a tube bait.
I’ve caught em from 2 to 20 pounds on tubes. Wierd cause a tube don’t look like anything but look like everything at the same time , if that makes sense.

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Jan 14, 2022 02:51:54   #
Passingbye
 
HosChap wrote:
I don’t believe Florida has any flatheads. We have blues, channels and bullheads.

Show me any river or resivior in the lower 48 and I'll set my juglines out and catch Flat heads, Flats live in holes in the banks of creeks, rivers and lakes. I have been a big cat fisherman for 50+ year's from Texas to NC. In my experience huge cats aren't good eating. Channels cats arm length 3lbs to 20lbs better than steaks.

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Jan 14, 2022 12:41:58   #
EdwardL Loc: Tenino Wa.
 
Passingbye wrote:
Show me any river or resivior in the lower 48 and I'll set my juglines out and catch Flat heads, Flats live in holes in the banks of creeks, rivers and lakes. I have been a big cat fisherman for 50+ year's from Texas to NC. In my experience huge cats aren't good eating. Channels cats arm length 3lbs to 20lbs better than steaks.


Yes you can catch them in a lot of places we would catch them in the Ohio River and the Wabash River in southern I’ll. Up north in the Fox River we would use blue gills and other small fish live for bait
But i have to agree with you that a small cat
Under 5lbs.is much better eating big cats taste like muddy or old meat. Now i live in Washington State and a lot of our rivers are very cold they are fed by snow and ice from the mountains but we have warm water lakes in places and they have channel cats

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Jan 14, 2022 16:04:24   #
HosChap Loc: Deland, FL
 
Flat heads are indigenous only to the far northwest panhandle. In central FL for what ever reason, there are none.

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