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The Hatch Effect

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A question for all you river rats out there… Was fishing cats on the Croix last Sat. night when an enormous swarm of mayflies appeared (around 9:30PM) for about 45 minutes. My partner and I caught a typical number of fish up until about midnight. However, we only managed to scrape up a couple of bites the rest of the night. Even the bite at daybreak was terrible. I know bug hatches are a normal occurrence on the river, but I was wondering how they influence fishing. Is it worth fishing after a large hatch? If not, how long until the bite resumes?

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I've noticed the bite seem to slow down after a hatch myself. With all that protien to be had so easily, most fish take advantage. But the fish flie's don't last long after the main hatches and neither do the effects. I've been in hatches before where you have to cover your face to keep from breathing them in. Quite a sight. Actually I think the fish turn on more during the hatch, but are more specific, sticking to the flies. With so much bait out there how do you compete??
My opinion. I may be wrong.
Good Fishing

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Guess I should have just put a hundred or so on the hook... Gob'em 'n lob'em!! grin.gif

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I've got a few places where I believe the mayflies hatch from, and in this same area we tagged limits when other spots were much colder...including 2 25'ers! I've got to believe those bugs draw in the perch and from there it's find the bait fish find the game...also live well had scarfed up perch in it for three trips straight, where normally it's minnows...

Gill, how's this cat season been for ya?

Turk

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Only started for them a couple weeks ago (more action than other fish during the “dog-days”). Concentrating on snag-ridden holes and secondary channels when good current exists. Catching several 3-6 lb channels (and as many reptiles) typically, but I am looking for something bigger…like a 50 lb flathead. I suppose the St. Croix isn’t known for big channel cats, but the flatheads are there, right? BTW, does the DNR allow the use of cast nets on the Croix? Regulations read of dip nets, traps and seines but nothing on the throwing nets. Large suckers are too expensive at the bait shop. Plus, a guy’s lucky if a third of them survive the night.

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