Big Cats In The Kansas River Bend

I live by a Kansas river bend,I regularly catch 5-10 pd. flatheads there.The biggest ive caught there was a 32 pounder…..Are there usually quite a few Big cats in one area,Or do they like there space from the other big cats?

Actually, the really big channel catfish really do tend to be in certain areas, and once you have found one, the chances are you will find more somewhere nearby. This has more to do with the fact that conditions in a certain area are the preferred habitat to house these monster flathead catfish than the fact that they just like to hang out with other monster cat boasting about their size. Generally, channel catfish are somewhat territorial and can be aggressive predators, but they will be present in large lakes and rivers in the areas where the channels have some current over sharp drop offs or depressions in the river bed, especially where there are rocky bottoms. Another prime area is areas where there are depressions in a deep rocky ledge, sort of like underwater caves where they can nestle back out of the way and wait for prey to happen along. Another prime location is in areas there is deep water found just below a dam. The reason for this is simple…these fish want to be where they can get dinner! If the dam tears up fish coming through, they can nab dead or dying fish or chunks of bigger fish with a minimum of effort. Similarly, they congregate in areas where there is a strong current over depressions so that they can nab prey as the current carries it over them. Concentrate on the areas I mentioned, use bait proportional to the size fish you hope to catch (big bait catches big fish) and you will most likely find the big flathead you seek.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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