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Hey guys I was wondering if any flatheads have started up lately. I just got back from wyoming for guard for the last 2.5 weeks. I want to give them a try tomorrow night.

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The fish are biting. With the high water, I would recommend anywhere the fish can get a break from the strong current.

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Just came back from my first ever flathead fishing last night, we used suckers, as no bullheads were available.

Generally used around 6 ounces, and that held in the slack water, but we experimented, and if you went past the break even 8 got swept down. Used mainly live, and some cut bait. NO HITS! We had one on the cut bait in the morning, and one other rod had some nibbles just hard enough to mess with the clicker, but nothing on the hookset. No flatheads, and we tried everywhere from below Shakopee to a ways down past Cedar, and fished every side creek/channel we found. In 12-18fow. Is this the correct approach you guys are taking, and we just had some bad luck? I enjoyed it, and I'd love to tangle with some kitties, just want to know if I should change anything!

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I fished a back pool last night from 6-10 with one crazy run that just about took all my line but no fish. Anyone else having luck???? I used suckers by the way

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The last two nights I had the best fishing of my catfish career. We boated 17 flatheads weighing approx 350#. Largest being 52#. Yes, by the looks of the fish they are starting to spawn.

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Harvey, not looking for specific spots, but do you mind sharing the generals of what locations/depths/presentations you found worked? We were out on Sunday night with nothing, so I'm just wondering if we were fishing it wrong.

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I will say we were using bullheads and fishing slack water. Every day now with the water dropping the location of these fish will vary. They also seem to be starting to spawn and this also will slow the bite down. I would try a spot with shallow and deep water and also work some brush piles and creeks.

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How deep is the water around those brushpiles? We found some trees hanging into the water over what looked to be a 12-18 foot hole, but got no hits there.

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TMF, dont expect fish on every outing, you may read excelent reports on here daily, but these guys put there time in and have had many fishless nights. Myself included. I am presently on a two hand count of consecutive fishless nights!

To give you some basic info, and this is just my opinion from my experience on the water. I find cats are lazy during the day, if you want to catch them during the day, you need to fish where they rest, deep holes, and brush piles, snags, back waters, in places they dont exert much energy. If the food is thrown to their mouth, they may just eat it! They like to feed at night, prowl like a cat wink , in their feeding times look for bait fish, you will find baitfish in creek mouths, points of sandbars, and in general shallower waters. Bait placement is also key, at certain times fish will cruise the ledge of a 20 ft drop, other times they will swim up in that 4 foot water. Those are some basic rules, you follow that and you should catch fish, although I havent in a couple weeks!

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Hey guys i was just wondering how the catfish bite by Granite Falls is? is the water real high? thinking about going up there sat.

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    • JBMasterAngler
      Water is really low. It’s definitely doable, but there will be a lot of spots you’ll have to get out and pull. Fallen trees in low water might be your biggest obstacle. Should be plenty of smallies to catch. They’ll be concentrated in any deep pools you come across.
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