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.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
wooduck26

The Ultimate FLATHEAD vacation?

Recommended Posts

Looking at your avatar...your in the right place. We got the best mudeye action a person could hope for all within a couple hours of the twin cities...and we got some (halfway ok) regs to help keep it that way.

Lets talk about some prime Blue Cat waters to check out! I'm already planning a return trip to the Potomac River near DC for next spring....gonna try and squeeze the James in too. A short 12 hour drive will put you on the Cumberland River in TN. ...been there done that ..great time! They all got flatheads too but why go to another party when you got your own right here...well you could go south and get a head start I guess. If I had to choose, I'd like to go play in the Colorado River near Blyth Ca. on the Arizona border...nice flathead fishing I hear.

I talk to flatbed truck drivers every day at work and I get a lot of stories from down south...Lots of water out there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Im just trying to find a place to fish outta town for a guys weekend. (long wekkend) for something different.

Looking for a get-a-way to catch a big flathead. You don't have to travel any where or spend a lot of money. Look at Pool 3 or the St Croix and set up on a nice campsite on an island or sandy shoreline. Pick a spot you can fish from shore late at night - probably just above or below a good wingdam if on Pool 3. I would have two rods in the water per person 24/7 - that is how you will catch a big flathead.

Pick your spot ahead of time and prepare it well. Tarp an eating area and haul in all the comforts so you are not roughing it. Cots for sleeping, chairs, coolers. No use roughing it - take a little time and set up cozy. Bring nightcrawlers and you can catch your own bait - Sheepshead, suckers. If it is swimming in the river the flats are eating it. It will solve the whole bait thing. Bring one of those wire fish baskets to keep bait alive.

I know several spots on the St Croix that this would put a big flat on your digital camera. I can't tell you about them though - you have to find them yourself - that is the last piece of the puzzle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If I'm travelling out of state to catfish, big Blue Cats are going to be on my radar.

Missouri River around Kansas City would be a great place to start IMO. Easy drive to get there as well. Dark30 has listed some other fantastic spots. The James River may be the hottest thing going for monster blue cats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm kicking around going to the Cumberland River in Tennessee. Big flats, channels, and blues. A good friend of mine just started grad school down that way and he's a big cat hound.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

While I was in TN last week I saw many places on the TN river and Cumberland river that looked good for cats.

I didn't bring a rod along but after seeing these locations, I wish I would have.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve, Ive done the Pool 3 thing, never fished the Criox for flats (just channels WAY up river).

MO, TN, The James river...them are some options...just somthing outta state, to change up the experience a bit!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thats on the list DTRO but gotta few before that gets to the top of the list. The cummberland river is an awsome system. I got the pleasure to fish it back in the late 80's with a guy that I was working with down there he asked me if I wanted to go fishing on my day off and of course I said yes so when he picked me up that next morning he asked what would you like to fish for and my response was catfish his mouth dropped to the floor. figured you for a bass fisherman he said. he had a bass boat all rigged up for bassin that day but we went cattin any way. we had a blast caught a lot of channels and a couple blues.nothing really big, didnt really fish for flats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

KS Elk City Reservoir would be my pick! Anywhere upstream on the Ohio is another close option.

Unless the dead of winter or going blue, not much reason for heading out of the state of MN grin

Sure you have a chance at a 80-100lb flathead down south, but even a few days on a guided trip, what are the chances? grin

Now blues are another story!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have to agree with many of the others. Living so close to the Minnesota River, I can't get excited about traveling far to fish for flatheads. Blues would be interesting. However, the Fishing Minnesota Sturgeon Excursion would be at the top of my list. Close enough that you could maybe afford another trip later in the year. Paddlefish would be another great option.

If you are including a family in the vacation, the James River or other Virginia blue catfish water would go to the top of the list. Lots of interesting history in that area. Winnipeg is another great family vacation destination, and the Lockport channels are definitely worth the trip for any catfish angler.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

if you want monster flatheads, kansas is the one and only place I go, they catch 80lb flatheads out of feeder creeks!!!but big blues are abundant everywhere, the ohio river, mississippi below alton dam, the tennessee river system, the cumberland in my opinion is way OVERRATED, I can catch way more 50-70lb blues in my backyard than they do down there, just more water and habitat. the mississippi is the top of the mountain for monster cats, just look at all of the state records for Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, and Arkansas, way more 100lb blues there than anywhere in the country, the james river will never touch it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dtro took the words right out of my mouth, or the keys right off of my fingers, however it makes sense.

Chase some giant Gar! I was in Texas a year and a half ago bass fishing for a week and I regret not trying for any other species, Gar being at the top of the list, catfish being second.

From what I've read, Lake Fork holds a decent catfish population, but I suppose finding them in a reservoir that big could be a hassle, a river situation would make their location much more predictable especially if that's what you're used to fishing.

I say just hop on I-35 and start driving South until you feel like pulling off and trying to find some water to throw a bait into. But also be sure to buy a license first.

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  



  • Posts

    • You are 100% correct... a guy has to be smart about it. There is nothing magic about inverters... its takes a lot of DC juice to make a little AC juice. On the flipside though, I have a 120vac 32" TV/DVD player that only draws 51 watts AC.... meaning that it should (hypothetically) only draw 4.25 amps DC. Even with a 15% draw added for the inefficiency of the inverter, I am still under 5 amp. Usually I will run the generator for a few hours between 10 am and 2 pm. Then it is off until 7 pm or so... Then I will fill it up and let it run through out the night. It will run about 9 hrs on eco, so by 4 am or so it is out of gas... but the batteries are topped off nice to run the routine again. The 4 hr run isn't necessary, but does offer some security. With a 5 and a 7 yr old fishing with me the majority of the time, the TV usually doesn't turn off during the day.
    • I believe the crawlers are not natural forage and using them as bait emulates large larvae.  
    • Like I stated earlier and others with more knowledge than anyone on here have as well..we should have waited...I also was unaware of the no trade clause which he was able to get without any less $$...pure stupidity...we'll know in 8/9 months how this pans out...it boot straps us from further improving the team with younger talent is my main issue. As far as a captain, lifelong wild...blah blah blah....if he is such a pillar, such a great player, such a leader of the team...where has he taken us? The playoff record speaks for itself....time to dump guys like Koivu at the soonest opportunity who have done all they can or at least decrease their pay in later years not increase them...they took us as far as they could...and we've already got vets like Parise, Suter, Spurgeon, Granlund, Coyle, Brodin locked in on long term deals; give one of them the C to carry us forward.  
    • Where ya going? Numbers are pretty bad this year... I would suggest looking at Edmunds or Faulk county if you haven't already locked in somewhere.
    • This is my first time hunting bear. Have two coming to the bait, both after dark, and the small one shows up at odd times in the early A.M. I was thinking a honey burn might tempt one or the other to come in during shooting time. The big guy comes in after the little one at night, but he hangs around for an hour. The smaller one comes back multiple time during the night. I have tried to come in before shooting time, but I have bumped him twice now.  
    • DC to AC converters work well on low AC current but takes a bit of DC battery current. Example a drip coffee maker uses 900 AC watts (7.5 amp) which draws 83 amps DC battery current. 15 AC amps draws 165 DC battery amps. (Based on 110 VAC & 12 VDC). Batteries die quickly converting to AC. https://www.batterystuff.com/kb/tools/ac-to-dc-amperage-conversion-run-through-an-inverter.html
    • Saturday I am going to be duck hunting and I always am excited for opening day!  I know I will get some shooting in but let's just hope the ducks are where I want them.
    • You know there are no guarantees that he signs here for less money. He certainly would have gotten more elsewhere after this season based on comparables. Who are the replacements for him? We have guys that may be a year or two removed from being a top 6 guy, but this buys us time. Worst case he slides down to 3rd or 4th line and one of our young guys still on an ELC elevates if his game drops. He could also be consistent with his last two seasons, a solid #2 center and allow the likes of Kunin and Ek to develop down the lineup.
    • Might find it in here...... https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/exhibits/butterfly-rainforest/id-guide/orange/  
  • Our Sponsors