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bigr

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Get ready on Resi's
« on: Mar 03, 2021, 06:07 AM »
With open water this time of year the crappie and catfishing will get good. The corp is dumping water fast and levels are quickly returning to winter pool and never did get real dirty. I love the catfish bite this time of year because the water color or level doesn't make much difference. I use a pc of cut bait but I think any bait that's meant for cats will work. Bottom fish the flats near drops but again I haven't seen many places I couldn't get a bite. A couple locations I fish on the Sally is the lost bridge west camp area in pirates cove and at the beach. Both easy walks good parking. Take a third pole and cast a jigging bobber for the crappie while you wait on mr whiskers. On the miss the red bridge area and just about any portion of that area could be good. I plan on soaking some cut bait Friday. Those cats are good eating this time of year. I've found that if you really clean the meat up by trimming, removing anything that might make them alittle strong(red meat,yellow meat) they make for what may be the best fish of the year.   

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #1 on: Mar 03, 2021, 09:37 AM »
Do you have better success fishing for the catfish in the afternoons as it warms up?

bigr

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 03, 2021, 12:21 PM »
Not much difference but I would say yes,

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #3 on: Mar 04, 2021, 06:29 AM »
Do you have better success fishing for the catfish in the afternoons as it warms up?

channel cats are up in shallows now.  you can catch them up in creeks and backends of bays as soon as ice clears.  and yes a warm sunny day will really fire them up in the afternoon this time of year.  ill tell ya they are spooky though.  they pick up a bait and feel any resistance and they drop it!  i took to laying coiled line on the shore/boat seat instead of tightlining as usual. that way i see them tackling line and can hit them before tight. if your in current you can use a willow stick stuck in mud by reel and loop line over it.  that will give a hair trigger to a bit of slack line. im never in much current searching this time of year though.  unless a creek is flowing current in the bay/river. fresh cut seems to work best for me this time of year.  chubs being#1 choice.

sucker season coming too.  that can be some of the best fun of the year at the rite creek.  they sure eat good too.  i wouldnt make a habit of it though from most our rivers/reservoirs.

flatheads will wake good up around 50-60* water temps.  those are the real quality eaters. imo  not even a comparison between flats and channels.  flathead meat is like cod!!!!  and the belly meat is like a chicken breast.  i eat everyone under 6-7pounds i catch. they are that good.  trouble is you dont catch many under 10pounds.  they eat hard and grow fast.  most people dont even know they are swimming out in front of them.  they dont hit stinky rotten stuff like channel cats do.  live baits or freshly killed cut is what you want to use.
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bigr

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #4 on: Mar 04, 2021, 08:43 AM »
I agree on the flatheads. I would trade a walleye in a second for a flathead and yes the right eating size is the challenge.

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #5 on: Mar 05, 2021, 09:38 AM »
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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #6 on: Mar 07, 2021, 07:01 PM »
Fished missy today for first time this year. Kept 22 and threw back probably 30 or more. Water was muddy and the fish were shallow up near the banks. I fished closer to the dam and was the only person there but i heard red bridge area was good as well.

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« Reply #7 on: Mar 08, 2021, 05:23 AM »
I fished the 550 area also yesterday and did well. Thru out a couple cat poles while jigging and caught a couple with several bites. Should only get better as week goes on. Water was a very good color up in that area. Cut bait for the cats.

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #8 on: Mar 10, 2021, 08:51 AM »
Catfishing is picking up about anywhere you want to cast a line. Had trouble fishing two poles yesterday evening. Cut bait is what I used. Probable better stuff out there but it's free and easy. Take a casting pole for the crappie while waiting for a cat bite. I couldn't use it yesterday but that's how I get my cut bait. If a fresh dead shad drift to shore use it they are the best. Crappie bite has been pretty good this week from watching and talking to others around me. Lets hope we don't get a lot of rain. Both Sally and Missy are back to winter pool and water is clearing nicely, cats don't care but crappie is better as clarity improves. Cooler weather shouldn't effect the bite much now. If we continue to get warmer weather the crappie will start moving upstream into the river soon along with white bass. That's when it gets real good and also very easy.

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #9 on: Mar 10, 2021, 08:55 AM »
Not sure of the exact dates the Corp starts holding water back to bring levels back to summer pool but that likely will begin by 1st of april and summer pool made by 15th of May. A slow rise is always best that's why I always hope for dry weather for the next month or so. 

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #10 on: Mar 11, 2021, 02:15 AM »
thats great your catching bunches of fish!  be sure to post pics of all these cats your catching for everyone to enjoy. 
some fishermen tell lies,  this one doesnt need to

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #11 on: Mar 11, 2021, 05:43 AM »
Wish I could but I don't know how. I've tried in the past and it's beyond my skills. What I'm doing now is as far as it goes for me.

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #12 on: Mar 16, 2021, 07:20 AM »
o i c.  i think everyone just drags the pic from desk top and drops in the post.  thats the way i do it.  im not a real computer geek either. lol  it used to be a pain when you had to use host site and post links andstuff.

 funny how it got easier then people started not posting pics from fear of spot burns from lowlife lurkers. lol  use old cameras, nothing but sky in background, and dont post lake names solves that problem though. 
some fishermen tell lies,  this one doesnt need to

techja

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #13 on: Mar 18, 2021, 09:49 AM »
Does anyone have an idea on how long the crappie bite will last at missy? Will the water temps or lake levels determine  the bite? I saw a small white car with “fish on” written on the back window at Redbridge parking area, was this someone from this forum? Do members ever get together to fish?

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Re: Get ready on Resi's
« Reply #14 on: Mar 18, 2021, 11:13 AM »
Best bite of the year is just beginning, rain or shine. You'll need to be mobile and follow migration of fish. With this rain the red bridge area will be done for a while but locations closer to the dam or further upstream in river will produce fish. Water color depending on depth and area your fishing won't make much difference. I see your from Marion. If water goes real high you won't have to travel far. Normally this time of year the majority of the fish move up stream and sometimes as far as the Dam in Marion. I love the chase up and down river finding those small remote slack areas holding fish. Great exercise and usually have the spots to myself until water levels change and fish move to new locations. Also in just a few weeks the white bass will start their run up river and they are a blast to catch and are decent table fare when clean proper. The bite will last til sometime late may early June. If your in to cats right now is I believe the easiest and best time for them. Cut bait on bottom and hold on. 

 



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