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MN BassFisher
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:27 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
So one species of fish I have never caught is the Catfish. I have the desire to get out and try fishing for some but the only problem is I have no experience in doing so, nor does anyone that I know. I live in a Suburb right outside of the Twin Cities so I wondering if there were any good rivers or lakes nearby that I could head out to test my luck. I haven't really fished any rivers around here, so I was just curious if there is someone out there who has any experience fishing these around the metro. What would be my best bait of choice (shiners, worms, stink bait, etc)?? Thanks to anyone who tries to help me out in my quest to land a Catfish (Channel, Flathead, Blue, whatever!).





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:23 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
I'm not much of a catfisher but I tried and learned a lot last year.
your method will depend on what your trying to catch. Flathead cats or channel cats are the only ones I've tried for. Then rivers or lakes will make a difference.

My best luck was on island lake in shoreview fishing for channel cats.. Get a big pole and strong line. I use a river weight above a swivel then tie a couple feet of leader to the swivel and attach a circle hook.. I like the leader to be a smaller line than my main line so that if it breaks I still have my weight.
For bait, I've only had luck with cut bait.. Usually some stinky hunks of sucker or something. I've heard Flathead cats really like bullheads.

I know a lot of people fish minnesota river, mississippi, st. croix. I've caught a couple on Snake river as well.. Lakes that I've had a little luck on are peltier lake and island lake.




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:32 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
Carolina catfish rig made easy

This link will show you exactly how I set up.. He even uses the same weights. He has a 5 oz flat weight which is great for a river with current. A much smaller weight can be used for lakes or slower rivers. I don't usually use more than 3... I hope to learn more this summer because last year I had lots of fun cat fishing.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:55 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
Pier would be the one to ask about cats...



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:57 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
Awesome! Thanks a lot Logan, I live in White Bear Lake so both Peltier and Island are reasonably close, I assume you fished them from a boat? My boat is up at my cabin right now, but I will maybe try and fish with some waiters on when the water temp picks up a little bit!





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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:12 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
the set up explained above is the way to do it. In the summer we use a lot of creek chubs. cut in half work great for channel cats and blues. your bigger flat heads mainly feed on live pry so little bluegills or bullheads work great because they stay alive a lot longer on the hook than creek chubs. your stink bait works well in lake for channel cats because theres no current so your bait doesnt wash away so fast. your tackle can vary cause just like any fish the smaller the tackle(line, pole)you use the funner the fight. but when usin live bait you need a big enough weight to keep the bait from swimmin around. flat heads are mainly in the river systems not so much your lakes. the big cats live in brush piles, deep hole, current breaks. hope this helps any other ? just ask cats are bout the only big fish we have down here in iowa. for fun go to www.youtube.com and and search hand fishing catfish they catch the big ones. keep your lines tight
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:06 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
I live about 3 blocks from the 41 bridge in Chaska.I really should try fishing for those monsters but all I have is walleye rods.I don't know if they could handle those big weights and current.I know this area has some monster cats because I've seen them down at the Carver tournament.They are an excellent tasting fish also.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 03:15 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
on island lake you can catch nice channel cats from shore...


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 03:33 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
depending on the current 2 or three oz weight is plenty just enought to keep it on the bottom, i just use my northern pole medum to medum heavy with an round abu baitcaster, will handle those monster flatheads. but a good ol 202 zebco set up will handle you run of the mill cats. those big cats are nocturnal only feeding at night. so we use diddy poles. half in. pvc pipe about five foot long. stick it in the bank put a bluegill on it and leave it check it in the mourning. were allowed 5 per person here in iowa. its awsome you'll catch some monsters
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 03:51 PM 04/27/09 (CST)
Any of the Rivers around T.C metro hold the Cats, I mostly fished them in the MN river in chaska and carver, lots of nice fish, down
in Fort Snelling Park, where the rivers come together, Ford Dam,
Mini falls, I liked using cut bait, mainly Bullheads, I use a Circle
hook at least size 2 or larger, 1-4oz lead that I rig on a break away
line on a 3 way swivel, if your going to fish the bigger rivers I'd
have 20# min. openface reels are the way to go at night. they are fun
very powerful fish!!
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