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bgreen82

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bgreen82

hey, my fm 1 year anniversary is tomorrow, and im just as excited about open water this year as last. anyways, i was tinkering with the lake finder on the dnr site and it says there are some channel cats in como, but they have been doing a lot of stocking. the last survey was in '01 so i was wondering if someone could let me know how healthy the population is?

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JBMasterAngler

I don't think the population of anything in that lake is healthy. If you wanna fish for cats in lakes I think you'd do better on island lake or peltier. They've stocked them in keller/phalen as well but I don't know how they're doing.

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Maximum12

bgreen, I fished Como for the last several years & have never hooked into a cat. I never targeted them, but I would be very surprised if there's a fishable population in the lake.

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joeyquicksand*

Last summer i was targeting cats using chicken liver, and didn't get a bite or anything. A couple local hoodlums said they "ain't never caught no cats", but whatever...

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nofishfisherman

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A couple local hoodlums said they "ain't never caught no cats", but whatever...


Thats a double negative, which means the negatives cancel each other out so the lake must be loaded with cats.

Actually the only thing i have ever seen come out of como are sunfish the size of potato chips.

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Zaraspooks

Tried ice fishing the lake a couple years ago and caught 2. Both were pretty small. Not sure I'd waste my time targeting "cats" in Como.

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Scott M

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A couple local hoodlums said they "ain't never caught no cats", but whatever...


Thats a double negative, which means the negatives cancel each other out so the lake must be loaded with cats.


Wouldn't that be a triple negative? (ain't, never, no) I guess ain't "ain't a word and I ain't gonna use it."

I've gotten plenty of bullheads in Como, no cats though. Maybe that was the justification for stocking, to eat up all those little bullheads and provide a unique fishery. It'll be interesting to read the next lake survey report. They've stocked it with plenty of fish (yearlings, adults, and fingerlings from 2000-2003), so hopefully it took.

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fisherman-andy

The cats don't do well in any of the stocked metro lakes. Ive tried losta of times & with such little luck have given up. Your likely end up with a bullhead.

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Katman

We got this guy last year at Phalen around the shallow creeks. They're in there...but its a hit or miss. I would not doubt it that there are a few nice ones in there. With this guy...I've seen only 2 channels from Phalen. Como can't be too different. grin.gif

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We got this guy last year at Phalen around the shallow creeks. They're in there...but its a hit or miss. I would not doubt it that there are a few nice ones in there. With this guy...I've seen only 2 channels from Phalen. Como can't be too different.
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Hmmm breaded deep fried Catfish fingers...

Phalen is a part of chain of lakes that include Round, Keller, Spoon, & Gervais. It is possible you can catch Catfish in either waters. But the catch success rate is low or almost non existent for most average anglers.

I would try those lakes instead of Como. Just my 2 cents.

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Katman

hahaha...this guy was actually released. This was my old place right off clarence. It was about 50 yards or so from phalen. We ran home to get the camera so we took him for a ride in a water filled bucket. He was hiding in about 3 feet of water. Yeah..you don't see too many cats from there. But when you do...they're a good size! The only other I've seen was pretty big. A few of my friends claimed and have pictures of other nice cats from Keller, Phalen, and Gervias. I would not doubt Como. Unless the lake is hot and shallow.

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SupaMan

I read somewhere once a few years ago that Phalen never had natural channel and flathead catfish in them.. However, some of the local neighbors must have released them into the lake.

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Katman

Hmm...could be true. Some ppl just love to plant their own fishes into these metro waters. I've never seen a flat from Phalen, but I've heard of white bass. I was posting last year on here and someone told me he viewed a few schools of white bass on his underwater cam from his boat. Nothing in catching quantity, but enough for a group or so. You don't really know what you'll get from the metro lakes!

I remember back in California, there was a story on the news about an arrowana in a metro lake. There was a big fishing frenzie for the monster too. I also remember catching some big Oscars from another metro pond in California. Crazy fun!

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dilleyo

I remember seeing something on the news I think last year about some species of pirhanna in a metro lake. That'd be fun trying to take that off your line without pliers!

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doggfish

I saw a kid catch a 14" walleye on a spinnerbait from the pavilion dock last year right around opener.

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