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?
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