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Flooded Lake Catfishing #13164566 05/23/19 08:52 PM
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Hello everyone! I am heading out to Lake Somerville this weekend and it is about 14.6 ft above full. I am looking to try to get into some catfish for a fish fry. I know how to catch a stringer full during normal lake levels. I am just wondering if I need to alter my approach while it is flooded or stick with what I know works on a normal day. This time of year they are chasing the shad so I am thinking they should be pretty shallow. If you have any experience with flooded lakes I would appreciate the input. This is me and my father in law this time last year. We had 48 by 9:30 AM. Thanks and tight lines!

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Re: Flooded Lake Catfishing [Re: jrsac] #13164924 05/24/19 02:51 AM
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Re: Flooded Lake Catfishing [Re: jrsac] #13165282 05/24/19 01:53 PM
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You have the right idea. Fish shallow find bait and run shallow on the rocks or flooded islands.

Re: Flooded Lake Catfishing [Re: jrsac] #13165964 05/25/19 01:26 AM
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Wright Patman is 15FT high and this is what I've been doing. I've been fishing flooded timber,I even carry a pair of limb lopers with me in the boat if I have to cut a hole in the brush. Then I chum about 5 places and go back to the first. The good is your fishing in the shade doing that. Good Luck!!

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The wind was blowing away from the bank I had access to launch from. I couldn't find the bait fish with everything being up in the trees but it was still fun to be out on the water. It is a weird feeling paddling out to the middle of a lake on Memorial Day Weekend and hearing nothing on a popular lake. It is so quiet and peaceful. Just have to keep in mind a general sense of direction because all the usual landmarks are hidden. If you get the chance to safely explore a flooded area I highly recommend it!

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Originally Posted by jrsac
The wind was blowing away from the bank I had access to launch from. I couldn't find the bait fish with everything being up in the trees but it was still fun to be out on the water. It is a weird feeling paddling out to the middle of a lake on Memorial Day Weekend and hearing nothing on a popular lake. It is so quiet and peaceful. Just have to keep in mind a general sense of direction because all the usual landmarks are hidden. If you get the chance to safely explore a flooded area I highly recommend it!

That's why I love High water.Not many will brave it and Like you said The Quite makes you think that you have the pond to yourself.

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