• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

ducksnbucks

Early season cats on the chain

Recommended Posts

ducksnbucks

Hey cat guys and gals,

It has been a few years but I have done a fair amount of fishing for cats on the chain in late July and August but have never gone out for them in this "early season" and was looking for some pointers if anyone is willing to give some. My daughters are wanting go fishing so I thought I would bring them out this weekend for some catch and release cats but am not sure if I should look for some faster moving current areas or shallow bays or downed trees? I don't need any hot spots, just some general info if anyone is willing to give it.

Thanks in advance and have a good weekend!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick G

Down trees in the river sections will almost always get my attention first.  Slip bobber with leeches or a chunk of crawler.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Horseshoe_Don

they are biting in horseshoe in 5-to 12 feet of water.    Just use a bobber and any bait.    Set the bobber at 3 to 5 feet.  Use a bobber that tips and wait for the bobber to completely tip and then set the hook.  That simple.   They are everywhere and at sun down they are on the surface and i see hundreds off my dock.

 

Don

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jigginjim

what cat are you getting? I was thinking could be fun to find some eater size.

14-18 inch is what i thinking of as eater cats.  or 10 to 14 inch bullheads.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ducksnbucks

Thanks guys for the info. I think we will head out tomorrow and give it a shot. Will report what we find, thanks again! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Horseshoe_Don
21 hours ago, jigginjim said:

what cat are you getting? I was thinking could be fun to find some eater size.

14-18 inch is what i thinking of as eater cats.  or 10 to 14 inch bullheads.

 

All sizes.  no bullheads in the chain.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rick G
49 minutes ago, Horseshoe_Don said:

All sizes.  no bullheads in the chain.

Not as easy to find bullheads in the chain as it was in the 80s-90s.... but you will still get a few here and there. The cats took care of most of the bullies over the yrs?

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ducksnbucks

Thanks guys for the info. Had a great time with the girls yesterday afternoon. We caught bluegills up to 9", crappies to 11", saw a lot of nice bass, and as we wanted, caught some nice cats. All fish were between 19 and 24", extremely fat fish and lots of fun to catch. The girls were thrilled at the action and all fish were released to be caught another day. Bluegills were not creating beds yet but the crappies were starting to. Thanks again and have a good one!

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Kelly Fradenburgh
      I believe the hog hunting farm is called Ridge Hunting Preserve, it is east of Little Falls the phone number is 320-745-2337 I know people who have hunted up there in the past and had a good time. They said the hogs were running wild in a 20 or 40 acre fenced area but it is not usually easy to get one but there is a high success rate if you have the time to work the area. I am going to confirm the location/name and will probably hunt there this year. Russian Boar are supposed to be pretty tasty and there are meat processors near by to drop the hog off at.
    • ifishwalleye
      I went out after the wind died down. Caught 23 with a mix of eyes and saugers.  12 to 15”   With no slots. Fished 12 to 27’. 
    • BIGFISH.JZ
      This is off a Ranger with a PRO XS OPTI from opener that wouldn't run. Cost of repairs =$500!!
    • delcecchi
      For Vermilion, the Lowrance lake insight data is identical to Lakemaster, 3 foot contours.
    • delcecchi
      Maybe you should check the various sites that sell mapping stuff?   What is the Lowrance offering?   Is there a different Navionics choice?
    • Bucketcastle
      You're correct trumy.  I just posted this on that page.  Thank you.
    • Bucketcastle
      Hi everyone, I will be heading to Echo Lake, in the superior national Forest, the middle of June.  Never been there, but the small amount I found on this site says it's a good fishing lake.  Does anyone have past experience on this lake?  I'm targeting walleye mostly, but Pike and crappie are always on my menu.  Are there any lure colors that have worked well for you?  I'm mostly a live bait fisherman.  Any presentations that worked well?  Any advice will be greatly appreciated with this lake, and I will report back how it went/what worked.  Thank you everyone.
    • trumy
      The echo I'm thinking of is by crane lake that's where I would post my questions 
    • mulefarm
      Any action out there today?
    • Borch
      May want to post this in the BWCA, Duluth.... regional forum.  You may get more responses there as that's the area the lake is in.   Goid Luck!