If i had to pick only ONE id say Sept. most years produces most of my biggest fish..and biggest numbers consistantly.
Oct. is also a great month.
I prefer the fall bite over the spring bite, just because seems most yrs anymore the darn floods ruin the good fishing.
Yea buddy Catch & Release is the only way to fly for me..i release everything BUT bait!
I caught several nice fish over 30# in Oct. Funny how the sizes jumped. In Aug they were running in the teens, Sept caught several in the 20's and then Oct busted alot of fish in the 30's. Landed 3 over 30 in one day. Caught this flathead on the 17th at 31 lb 4 oz then another one 4 days later that weighed 4 oz more !
Of course Nov. 10th I caught my fish of a lifetime too. I think Nov. would've produced some larger fish, but the river conditions worked against us. Also I lost a few nice ones in Oct. so I guess I'd say that was the best month this year......Jim
I would like to add that I think July, with the spawn is the worst month of any of the spring , summer and fall monthes....Heck I could probably catch more Channels in January than I can in July......Hey Scott remember last june-29 at Pike Island???? Man was it hot, and NOT a very good time
but i did have fun anyway.
Was great to meet up with you & Rhonda, plus Catking, CW & Mr. Seevers. Just wish it was a little cooler..then we might have caught something?
Yea june & july for me is other species time like wadin for smallies and catching carp during the evenings. With the majority of the cats spawning then its not a god fishing time for me.
Usually a typical season for me is Jan-march is cold water smallies, then april starts pre-spawn smallies & whitebass, plus the channel cats start to run to the dams. I fish for them 3 until mid-may then try to get some flatheads from then til they go on the spawn in june-july..i then start my carp fishing and smallie wadin , til the flatheads stop spawning ...then its night fishing for flatheads, morning wadin for smallies. in sept. i go full out on flatheads til they shut off in oct. also daytime fishing for everything else(whitebass, hybrids, ect.) then in Nov. i go back to smallies til Dec.
All that depends on weather and water levels through out the season.
I sent it to In-Fisherman (click) go to Region 1 & Bluecatfish , also have one there from a few years ago, Region 1 -stripers, it's actually a 14# 2 oz Hybrid Striper- that's their error, I gave then the correct info .....
For channels cats, early March or when ever ice out happens. I caught several nice fish last year around that time. This year will be even better!!!!!
For flatties, all summer through September is pretty good.
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