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I was wondering where to find big cats in a river. The river i am talking about is the Menominee River in the Upper Peninsula, although i doubt anyone here has fished it. Nobody fishes it for cats, but there are some huge flatheads in the river. Most of the river is channeled out to allow ore ships in and out, and the bottom is mostly flat, until you get up the river, where there is maybe a half mile before you get to where the water is too difficult to take a boat up. There are several bridges, a basin carved out for ships to turn around in, a couple islands, and a couple of marinas carved out of the banks. The most productive spots for walleye and bass seem to be the mouth into Green Bay, and way up river where the channel ends and the bottom turns real rocky. There is also a hydroelectric dam, accessible only by foot, where everybody fishes during sturgeon season. Again, I would ask around up there, but no one really ever fishes for catfish, merely tying into them accidentally while walleye fishing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Are there any water discharges at all in the river? Sewer pipes? Discharge from the power plant?

I would also suggest rip-rap & rocky areas where they transition to other bottom compositions.

Flatheads follow the food. Wherever baitfish collect, you can guarantee a flat will be around somewhere.

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