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#11651783 - 06/07/16 08:39 AM Blue Cat vs Channel Cats
Big Zee Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 1759
Loc: East Yegua
On the lake I fish, we have seen a drop in number of channel cats while the blue cats have thrived. I was watching a fishing show the other day, they were catching big blues on cut bait. One of the guys made a comment that blue cats kill off channel cats. I myself never heard of this. Looking back at my fishing records, I see a drop in channel cats caught over the last 15 years. This is also about the time the blue cats really started to dominate the stringers.

The lake has been through the same types of stress that almost every lake in Texas has. Long standing droughts then flooding back to the droughts. Right now we are in a 2 year flooded lake during the catfish spawn. Hopefully this will help with the reproduction of the channel cats.

Have any of ya'll noticed a drop in the channel cats on your lakes? Also have any of ya'll ever heard of the blues killing off the channel cats?
1 John 4:15

#11651806 - 06/07/16 08:51 AM Re: Blue Cat vs Channel Cats [Re: Big Zee]
G Love Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/03/10
Posts: 1651
Loc: Weatherford, TX
I highly doubt Channels die off because of Blues. Maybe in a depleted water body the competition for food could play a factor perhaps? I know that when Arrowhead was low, we had several triple digit days of solid Blues without one Channel in the mix.

#11651969 - 06/07/16 10:14 AM Re: Blue Cat vs Channel Cats [Re: Big Zee]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 6102
Loc: texas
I find if you fish open water suspended you catch more blues. Fishing off the bottom tends to yield more channels. I have fished lakes with solid numbers of both for the last 20 years and see no change. This ranks right up there with rattlesnakes don't rattle because feral hogs eat them... roflmao

#11652227 - 06/07/16 12:05 PM Re: Blue Cat vs Channel Cats [Re: Big Zee]
jmh004 Offline

Registered: 09/23/14
Posts: 137
Is not too crazy to think that Blues could hammer channels, especially if the numbers got too out of hand. Blues grow a heck of a lot bigger than channels, and eat anything.

#11652417 - 06/07/16 01:42 PM Re: Blue Cat vs Channel Cats [Re: Big Zee]
Salsa® Offline
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Registered: 02/04/04
Posts: 8619
Loc: Lake Tawakoni, Tx
Your channels are there...and they are doing fine, thumb

During floods (higher lake levels) the channel cat disperse and spread out greatly and the concentrations of fish just aren't there.

I always prefer low lake levels for both channels and blues. But, right now it's just not that way.
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#11655241 - 06/08/16 04:34 PM Re: Blue Cat vs Channel Cats [Re: Big Zee]
taterpop Offline
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Registered: 01/30/13
Posts: 698
In lake Wright Patman I have seen a change but it's not from blue vs channel it's from all the rough fish that we have. A blue will eat another blue a channel will eat another channel.


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