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Channel cats #13460785 03/05/20 03:54 AM
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I've caught catfish and went catfishing but never took it seriously or put much though into it. If I wanted to catch a nice mess of eating size channel cats around DFW on boat or bank, what would be your suggestions? Areas of water to cover, best bait to target channels over other cats, time of day/night, etc.? I'm more so talking about fishing with a rod, but any jug/line pointers are welcome. I'm not looking for spots, just knowledge and pointers. Help a brother out por favor

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Re: Channel cats [Re: Bassman_78] #13460837 03/05/20 05:08 AM
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We fish and guide on Lake Fork using Stubby’s Cheesebait. As a matter of fact, Stubby and I will be out baiting holes and scouting tomorrow because I have a trip this weekend.

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Originally Posted by Bassman_78
I've caught catfish and went catfishing but never took it seriously or put much though into it. If I wanted to catch a nice mess of eating size channel cats around DFW on boat or bank, what would be your suggestions? Areas of water to cover, best bait to target channels over other cats, time of day/night, etc.? I'm more so talking about fishing with a rod, but any jug/line pointers are welcome. I'm not looking for spots, just knowledge and pointers. Help a brother out por favor


I will be begin assembling my jug lines tomorrow after work


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Re: Channel cats [Re: Bassman_78] #13460968 03/05/20 01:28 PM
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First week of April when they spawn, liver worms minnows anything will net you a good catch in the shallows.


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It’s been so mild, this winter, do you think April might be a little late?


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I am making my jug noodles for shallow water.

when summer gets here I will make some deeper ones


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Originally Posted by Ed-n-eddy
It’s been so mild, this winter, do you think April might be a little late?

Water was 53 Saturday. Water hits the low 60s and they will start looking for spawning areas. Water hits 68-70 and they spawn. Find that warmer water around the rocks and you’ll find some early spawners. On Lewisville there are some red rocky areas on the north end that heat up a lot faster due to the dark rocks that absorb the sun. These areas they usually spawn 2-3 weeks earlier than in the main lake rip rap.


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Bassman---Little Wheel is on target. Lake Fork is loaded with channel cat and Stubby's Cheese Bait on a #4 treble hook will do the trick. I've went on a guided trip with Stubby once on Fork and caught a huge mess. I also met Mrs Stubby and Little Wheel was there too and they are all good folks. There are other lakes in the DFW area that have good populations of channel cat. You can get that info off the Texas Parks and Wildlife web site under the lakes menu. I think Little Wheel and Stubby would both agree to lay down some range cubes that are at least 20% protein. Lone Star Feed makes a cottonseed meal cube that is 36%. That's my personal choice, but there are other good brands out there. Many of the state parks that have closed water will stock channel cat, but they limit you to 5 a day, but no length limit. What you'd do with an eight inch fish is beyond me, but you can keep them. I always wait for the big boys to show up. You can catch all you want, but only harvest 5 per angler. I only use Stubby's bait for channel cat. Its that good and he doesn't pay me to say that. Like the cubes, there are other brands out there that will work, but Stubby's is my personal choice. It has never failed me when others have and it works any season of the year. All this info is for rod/reel fishing. fish

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Appreciate it fellas!

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Originally Posted by SFA81
Bassman---Little Wheel is on target. Lake Fork is loaded with channel cat and Stubby's Cheese Bait on a #4 treble hook will do the trick. I've went on a guided trip with Stubby once on Fork and caught a huge mess. I also met Mrs Stubby and Little Wheel was there too and they are all good folks. There are other lakes in the DFW area that have good populations of channel cat. You can get that info off the Texas Parks and Wildlife web site under the lakes menu. I think Little Wheel and Stubby would both agree to lay down some range cubes that are at least 20% protein. Lone Star Feed makes a cottonseed meal cube that is 36%. That's my personal choice, but there are other good brands out there. Many of the state parks that have closed water will stock channel cat, but they limit you to 5 a day, but no length limit. What you'd do with an eight inch fish is beyond me, but you can keep them. I always wait for the big boys to show up. You can catch all you want, but only harvest 5 per angler. I only use Stubby's bait for channel cat. Its that good and he doesn't pay me to say that. Like the cubes, there are other brands out there that will work, but Stubby's is my personal choice. It has never failed me when others have and it works any season of the year. All this info is for rod/reel fishing. fish

Thanks for the kind words.

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