Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
flatheadhunter87

So when

15 posts in this topic

How much longer til the cats start to spawn and does the bite change much after they spawn?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A lot of it is water temp dependent.

The shallow water makes for more competition and limits spawning areas.

It's probably going to be one of those staggered spawn deals and I think the bite will be noticably better mid-summer this year compared to the past few years.

Not much basis for that theory, more of a gut feeling.

Having said that I bet we start seeing some beat up fish in a couple of weeks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The bite is already pretty good and if it gets better i cant imagine what it is going to be like.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With the topic of spawn.....Someo of you guys hopefully can answer this..........How do your techniques change after the spawn? Choice of bait?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have to agree with Darren and I bet the bite stays good a little into July this year, unless the weather gets hot real fast. Yeah, that's going to happen. :|

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My guess would be early July if conditions stay the way they are.

At least around my stretch.

As far as technique...same as always just expect to enjoy being out on the river more than catching fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

and that is different compared to now how?

grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

and that is different compared to now how?

grin

So true. laugh

I keep telling myself I am just saving up my fish for league.

I think I catch...I think I catch ~ The lil cat league fisherman that could.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With the topic of spawn.....Someo of you guys hopefully can answer this..........How do your techniques change after the spawn? Choice of bait?

Here is my post spawn technique - Fish more and longer and catch less but don't stop fishing. The BIG ONES are yet to be seen. You have to be fishing to catch fish so never give up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with Steve on not giving up. I got skunked like 12 times in a row last year after the spawn. Those are personal flathead skunks, mind you. There were some channel cats and sheepshead and even my first softshell turtles in there, so depending on your definition of skunk, I might be exaggerating.

No matter how slow it gets for flatheads, there are still fish out there, so keep putting in the time and they'll bite. If nothing else you might catch a turtle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I mostly find that I just have to work harder to catch fish. More time on the water and always searching out new spots. It seems like the feeding windows can be shorter to, and at some odd times.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think that catching flats rightafter the spawn to me is kinda like bass (sorry for the four letter word) on the beds if you target the areas were they have spawned and throw a bullie in there I think they will slam to protect their bed. but thats just my thoughts remember I think like a catfish.

I think that the spawn will be in about 2 weeks if the weather cooperates. now does anyone no if the water temp for some reason delays will some of the female cats abort,absorb,disguard, there eggs. This happens with other fish just a thought to consider

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I mostly find that I just have to work harder to catch fish. More time on the water and always searching out new spots. It seems like the feeding windows can be shorter to, and at some odd times.

Amen. Maybe with all the lines we got in the water we can report when we 1st start seeing beaten fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • IDK, I am kinda liking this show more and more. Its much better than the first season. Yeah, Madison has her quirks, but there are some interesting characters and this whole conflict with the indigenous people now is intriguing.
    • DOILIES. Those thing on yer man-cave table tops. So that's a pic of DOLLY, huh? Smurf 's ol' gal friend....or yers?       
    • The first piece that Golden State might be losing is Andre Iguadala. Would love to see the wolves grab him.
    •   Sure anytime. But, it kind of sounded above you were over Dollies?  Or was that Dolly's?  
    • With all the moist and cool weather, the slugs are having a feast on our garden plants.  My wife asked me to look over some plants that the insects were destroying.  Upon inspection, this is what we found - slugs.  The vegetables treated with slug bait were fine.  It was the flowers, asters, marigolds, pole beans, etc. that were untreated and weakened by some hail were experiencing a slow death.  Check this photo out of the slugs.  These were white like extra large maggots.  They are all treated and coming back strong.
    • WOWZER what a beast!!!!!!!!!!! that DNR  biologist, Mero, i had a talk with him he did the creel survey on our little lake up in itasca county, odd that he would comment about mille lacs since he was out of the grand rapids DNR  office!!!!!! good guy though!!!!!!
    • Crud. I knew that would come back on me. I'll haveta head up to leeches and borrow some of his table doilies. 
    • http://www.startribune.com/monster-muskie-found-on-mille-lacs-exceeds-state-record/431203243/
    • And that's the key...it takes a guy or two to step back from the max deal and take a pay cut to keep this type of talent together. In the NFL, the Patriots are a dynasty because Tom Brady is smart enough to take far less than he'd command on the open mark to stay put with a great coach and build weapons around him...he values rings (aka, his legacy) more than a few more dollars. If GS can do that, they will be relevant for a very long time.
    • nope it didnt!!!!!!!!!
  • Our Sponsors