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bigbirchguy
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:50 AM 03/15/09 (CST)
Hello fellow fisherman. I am hoping there are some flathead catfishermen out there that can help me get my feet wet so to speak on how and where to start trying to catch some big flatheads.

I have a small cabin on Big Birch Lake, in Todd county. All my experience is fishing inland, lake type waters, usually within the Osakis watershed. However, I recently moved to Southern MN, near the town of St. James. There are many river in this area, and I wanted to try my hand at the flatheads. I have seen many pictures of monster cats taken out of the Minnesota River, and as a kid I used to fish it once in a while off the bank in Mankato. Caught a lot of carp, sheepshead, and a few channel cats, but no flatheads. So, I am going to list a few questions, and I hope someone will perhaps help me get started.

1) Reasonable areas for me to fish the Minnesota are between New Ulm and perhaps Redwood Falls. Does anybody have an opinion of this area? Would you reccommend starting at creek inlets? Or should I look for obstructions like pilings, trees in the water? Can you catch them in the main channel anywere on the river? How about inside bends on the main channel?

2) Has anybody fished smaller bodies of water? I have the Des Moines, the Blue Earth, Wantanwan, and Cottenwood Rivers in the area. These rivers are navigable by small boat, like a canoe or jon-boat in some areas. Should I just stick to the bigger water, assuming that the big water holds the big fish?

3) Any tips on gear? I have tons of walley and panfish gear, but nothing that I would assume you could land a 30lb cat from a flowing river with (within reason anyway). I am looking for rod size/weight, types of line (should I stick to mono so I can break it off without damaging equipment), types/size of hooks (the goal is to catch a 30+ lb fish).

4)Bait: I knew a gal that used to fish the LeSuer area. She used small bullheads with their spine-fins clipped. Any opinion of this? Not sure if this is even legal. It would be handy though due since there is no shortage of bullheads in the lakes around here and they are tough fish.

Well, thanks guys. I don't expect you to give up your honey-holes, but I have a feeling that not many people fish in the area that I am looking at. Please let me know what you think here or at private e-mail.
isaacson
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:38 PM 03/15/09 (CST)
hey bigbirchguy i have fish cats in redwood in the minnesota river we used small bullheads about 2-4 inch long if you go down by club 101 there is a launch there and we just go and find a hole and fish there,or there a spot called the gold mine that is very good also


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