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River Catfishing

Posted By: Brian C.

River Catfishing - 05/08/21 12:25 AM

Seeking input / guidance. Do blues move into the rivers off main lakes? If so what time of year? The family is wanting to go tomorrow but the wind will blow us off the lake with 25+ gusts. I know of some deep holes in the river channels around the casa. Appreciate the input!
Posted By: Drycreek3189

Re: River Catfishing - 05/08/21 01:28 AM

I’ve often wondered this myself about some rivers. I used to fish the Neches many years ago below Lake Palestine and on down to Hiway 84. Never caught a blue that I can remember. Flatheads and channels, but no blues. In the river below Lake Livingston there are plenty of blues though, big ones too.
Posted By: Brian C.

Re: River Catfishing - 05/08/21 01:56 AM

Same here. Channels and an occasional flat head but always at night. We used to deer hunt on the neches and camped there. My dad's friend would stay up every night and pulled some good ones.
Posted By: 🍀El Gato Azul🍀

Re: River Catfishing - 05/08/21 03:55 AM

Blues move up in there when the water is rising and there is current. As long as there is current they will keep moving and will travel many miles upstream until something impedes them. They will follow sandbass and crappie up into the creeks and rivers during their spawning runs. Blues like to get up in those prime breeding areas and will stay in the deep holes all summer and ride the fall rains back down into the main lake. Blues definitely go up the creeks and rivers heavily at times.
Posted By: steveiam

Re: River Catfishing - 05/08/21 04:07 AM

I can only speak about the upper Brazos below possum kingdom, but I have caught Blues there from March to late October while on kayak trips.
I’ve had channels, blues and a flathead all on one stringer at the same time-
So I don’t know when they get there, but I always assumed they stay there.
Posted By: Brian C.

Re: River Catfishing - 05/08/21 04:50 AM

Makes sense El Gato. I'm gonna have to hit some holes this week and see what happens. Thanks gents!
Posted By: G Love

Re: River Catfishing - 05/10/21 02:02 PM

Yes. Some are better than others. Just have to go fish it to see. The river between PK and Gbury is better now than I've seen it in a long, long time. But it still doesn't compare to the Red River system.
Posted By: Treadlightly2

Re: River Catfishing - 05/13/21 12:49 PM

Originally Posted by G Love
Yes. Some are better than others. Just have to go fish it to see. The river between PK and Grandbury is better now than I've seen it in a long, long time. But it still doesn't compare to the Red River system.

I wonder if a bank fisherman could do any good at Tin Top? Think I'll hit Lake Benbrook for some shad and take them to Tin Top and see what happens.
Posted By: G Love

Re: River Catfishing - 05/13/21 03:57 PM

Originally Posted by Treadlightly2
Originally Posted by G Love
Yes. Some are better than others. Just have to go fish it to see. The river between PK and Grandbury is better now than I've seen it in a long, long time. But it still doesn't compare to the Red River system.

I wonder if a bank fisherman could do any good at Tin Top? Think I'll hit Lake Benbrook for some shad and take them to Tin Top and see what happens.


There's always a punchers chance. A dude caught a 50 at that RV park a few weeks ago.
Posted By: Ledeez

Re: River Catfishing - 05/13/21 04:14 PM

Originally Posted by 🌊El Gato Azul🌊
Blues move up in there when the water is rising and there is current. As long as there is current they will keep moving and will travel many miles upstream until something impedes them. They will follow sandbass and crappie up into the creeks and rivers during their spawning runs. Blues like to get up in those prime breeding areas and will stay in the deep holes all summer and ride the fall rains back down into the main lake. Blues definitely go up the creeks and rivers heavily at times.

Bingo! More flow the better thumb
Posted By: TRH (formerly xpress00)

Re: River Catfishing - 05/13/21 05:35 PM

Yes, they do. I'm not sure where you are, but I would think most rivers in north, central, and east TX should have some flow to them right now.
Posted By: uncle_bagster

Re: River Catfishing - 05/13/21 09:42 PM

Originally Posted by Ledeez
Originally Posted by 🌊El Gato Azul🌊
Blues move up in there when the water is rising and there is current. As long as there is current they will keep moving and will travel many miles upstream until something impedes them. They will follow sandbass and crappie up into the creeks and rivers during their spawning runs. Blues like to get up in those prime breeding areas and will stay in the deep holes all summer and ride the fall rains back down into the main lake. Blues definitely go up the creeks and rivers heavily at times.

Bingo! More flow the better thumb


This has been my experience. They also tend to stop biting once the stream starts dropping.
Posted By: Brian C.

Re: River Catfishing - 05/13/21 11:05 PM

Well hit up the Red yesterday and caught some blues bit nothing special. All 5 and under. Everyone we ran into was catching some small ones but nothing else. After El Mono in the 90s I promised I would never cry about rain again, so let it come.
Posted By: z289sec

Re: River Catfishing - 05/14/21 12:34 AM

Originally Posted by Treadlightly2
Originally Posted by G Love
Yes. Some are better than others. Just have to go fish it to see. The river between PK and Grandbury is better now than I've seen it in a long, long time. But it still doesn't compare to the Red River system.

I wonder if a bank fisherman could do any good at Tin Top? Think I'll hit Lake Benbrook for some shad and take them to Tin Top and see what happens.



I have caught some big Channels (4-6 lbs) there off the dock, and some decent stripers.
Posted By: Ledeez

Re: River Catfishing - 05/14/21 12:41 AM

Originally Posted by uncle_bagster
Originally Posted by Ledeez
Originally Posted by 🌊El Gato Azul🌊
Blues move up in there when the water is rising and there is current. As long as there is current they will keep moving and will travel many miles upstream until something impedes them. They will follow sandbass and crappie up into the creeks and rivers during their spawning runs. Blues like to get up in those prime breeding areas and will stay in the deep holes all summer and ride the fall rains back down into the main lake. Blues definitely go up the creeks and rivers heavily at times.

Bingo! More flow the better thumb


This has been my experience. They also tend to stop biting once the stream starts dropping.

Yep
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