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#12332742 - 07/10/17 04:04 PM How deep is too deep for channels?
Illnoize Offline

Registered: 05/25/15
Posts: 69
I've been fishing a pond that is clear and very deep in spots. Up to 50 feet at least. I have been having trouble catching them in such clear water fishing in 10 feet of water. Should I try fishing in the very deep water on the bottom? Or should I try fishing my baits suspended? thanks

#12332789 - 07/10/17 04:37 PM Re: How deep is too deep for channels? [Re: Illnoize]
erittmueller Offline
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Registered: 07/25/15
Posts: 542
Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
Cats tolerate temperature different than most other fish. "How deep" isn't as important. Look for sharp depth changes (even if it's 5ft down to 8ft), logs, weed lines, if it's a dammed creek where the channel is, changes in bottom texture, etc....just like you would for bass. I've caught 7-8 pound channels in less than 18 inches of water in the summer during the day. Cats are predators so relate to all those things so they can ambush baitfish. They are either resting in a dark concealed place (in grass, under logs, etc) or they are moving around looking for opportunities to feed. Either put your bait in front of them where they are resting or in an area they will be hunting.

Location is more important than bait but I ALWAYS use some punch bait and some cut bait and see what they go after more. Usually mixed but sometimes catch 8 on punch and 1 on cut or the other way around, good to have a mix.


#12333811 - 07/11/17 07:55 AM Re: How deep is too deep for channels? [Re: Illnoize]
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Registered: 03/14/03
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Try a small live perch.

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#12334420 - 07/11/17 01:38 PM Re: How deep is too deep for channels? [Re: Illnoize]
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Registered: 12/20/10
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Loc: mckinney, tx
Pond cats are tricky regardless of how deep or shallow the water is, live bait is key, shiners, bluegill, shad (if present) and goldfish are all good choices.

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#12334436 - 07/11/17 01:47 PM Re: How deep is too deep for channels? [Re: Illnoize]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1664
Loc: Euless
I have caught more pond cats at night stretching a trotline across and hanging the bait about a foot under the top of the water. Shiners and yeller grasshoppers. Pond cats will also feed around the edges real shallow at night. They will grab frogs and crawdads or anything else that moves right up to the water's edge just like a bass does. Think like a fish. What would you do if'n you was hongry and wanted a quick easy meal?
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