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Pueblo Reservoir water level


  • thin wire hook for minnows
  • Gamakatsu 25 Pack Offset Worm Hook


My favorites

youtube Christopher Heller - bobber-stop knot

youtube Matt Reed’s Drop Shot Knot

youtube Mike D Drop Shot Knot

youtube Shaw Grigsby demonstrates the BEST knot for fluorocarbon line

youtube Seabass Outdoors - Best and strongest Fluorocarbon Knots

  • terminal knot
  • drop shot knot

youtube Bob McNally - Fluorocarbon To Braided Line Fishing Knot, Slick Connection

  • 10# braid to 25# flourocarbon
  • cut braid tag with scissors
  • cut flourocarbon tag with nail clippers
  • likes long leader to cut and retie multiple times
  • crazy glue on knot to make slick

Using braided lines and fluorocarbon or monofilament leaders is standard among many light-tackle anglers. The knots connecting these two lines are imperative to fishing success. Here’s angling authority Bob McNally’s lastest tweak on using a Double Uni-Knot and prevent fouling of the knot in rod guides during casting.

youtube Improved clinch knot

youtube Perfection Loop

fg knot

How to tie the FG Knot

How to Tie the FG Knot in Under 60 Seconds - Luke Simonds

Nanofil Knots

Berkley Nanofil Knot That Does Not Slip

NanoFil, The knots by Jan vd Bovenkamp

  • Albright Double
  • Unifilament knot
  • Double Palomar

Double Albright Knot for Joining Line/Leaders to New Berkley NanoFil

Bob McNally - Braid To Fluroucarbon Tiny Knot, Double Albright Knot

Tying Braid To Fluorocarbon using the Double Albright Knot With Aaron Martens

BCOSportFishingTV - How to tie a double albright knot

Angling Knots - Nanofil Albright Double Knot

Berkley Nanofil - Introduction by Mike Thrussell

Knot Wars - North American Fishing

youtube playlist Knot Wars - North American Fishing

flourocarbon knots

youtube Seabass Outdoors - Best and strongest Fluorocarbon Knots

Sebastion from AR lures

  • terminal knot
  • drop shot

youtube Shaw Grigsby demonstrates the BEST knot for fluorocarbon line

  • learned from Matt Reed

youtube Matt Reed’s Drop Shot Knot

youtube Best Fishing Knot for Braid and Fluorocarbon -Hat Cam Bass

  • Nice demonstration of tying uni knot

improved clinch knot

trilene knot

videofishingknots - youtube Trilene Knot

Palomar knot

Single Uni knot

  • bobber stop knot forum Tying a bobber stop nail knot without a tool

  • 30# dacron backing line for knot

back to back uni knot

improved Albright knot

Tying Braid To Fluorocarbon using the Double Albright Knot With Aaron Martens

Angling Knots - youtube Improved Albright Leader Knot

Snell knot

dropper loop

youtube dropper loop - netknots

double surgeons loop knot

videofishingknots - youtube Surgeon’s Loop

youtube Double Overhand Loop

youtube Perfection Loop

Top Videos Fishing

youtube Top 9 Fishing Knot



amazon Rapala Flat Rap 2.5 inch

Betts Tackle

drift anchor


Abu Garcia Cardinal S5 Spinning Reel

$30 at Amazon

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur c3 4600

Tackle Warehouse online

online store Tackle Warehouse online

Tackle Warehouse online Berkley Swimbaits

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur c3 4600
        C3-4600 	Right 	5.3:1 	9.2 	3SS + 1RB 	12/160 	$119.99

Rainbow Plastics - floats … Rainbow Plastics site

Floats Unlimited

Floats Unlimited site

Comal 3” cigar slip float

Spin casting adjustable slip float. Small diameter hole in eyelet eliminates need for slip bead.

  • Comal Tackle Cigar Slip Stick float
  • small diameter hole yellow eyelet -
  • 3” - Red/White -
  • 25/pkg $12

1.5 inch slip float

  • Item# SCHL150G-25
  • $9.50 / 25
  • Comal Cigar Slip Stick float -
  • small diameter hole yellow eyelet -
  • 1.5” -
  • Green -
  • 25/pkg

Spin casting adjustable slip float. Small diameter hole in eyelet eliminates need for slip bead.

0.75” peg float

  • Item# LB075RW-25
  • Comal Little Brother Float -
  • Slim - Non-Slotted -
  • 0.75” -
  • Red/White -
  • 25bag
  • $5.55 / 25

Comal’s super sensivite “Little Brother” peg float is perfect for perch, bream, and crappie. Also popular with fly fisherman and ice fishing.

Cigar Peg Float 1.5”

  • Item# C150Y-25
  • $7.00 / 25
  • Comal Tackle Peg Float -
  • No Slot -
  • 1.5” (slim) -
  • Yellow -
  • 25 per Bag

Comal Tackle Peg Float with dual purpose peg for fixed depth or slip fishing

Berkley Flicker Shad Fishing Bait

Tackle Warehouse

All Strike King at Tackle Warehouse

Soft Baits

Strike King Shadalicious Swimbait

Yum Soft Baits

Power Team Lures JP Hammer Shad 12pk

Power Team Lures Conviction Craw 6pk

Yamamoto 3” Fat Senko 10pk


Gamakatsu Aaron Martens TGW Drop Shot Hook 6pk

Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Red

Snaps / Swivels

Swivels, Snaps & Split Rings

Danielson Barrel Snap Swivels Brass

Jig Heads

VMC Ike Approved Rugby Jig

Danielson Painted Football Jig Heads 5pk

Z Man Finesse Shroomz Jig Head 5pk

Hard Lures

Rapala Original Floater


Bullet Weights Drop Shot Weights

Land Big Fish

Strike King products at Land Big Fish

Sportsmens’s Direct

Sportsmens’s Direct Top water lures

Boone Bait

Boone Bait site Main site page

Boone Bait site Black Duo-Lock Snaps

  • 06263 25 lb. 20 in pack

amzon $7.37 Boone Black Duo-Lock Snaps, 25-Pound

fizards scent putty

Fizards scent putty video

Lure Parts Online

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jannsnetcraft online Clevis for spinner blade

jannsnetcraft online Spinner Blades

jannsnetcraft online Gamakatsu Treble Hooks

jannsnetcraft online Bottom Bounce Wire Forms

mudhole online Spinner Blades

mudhole online Clevis to hold spinner blade

Cheap Sinkers

Cheap Sinkers Bank Sinkers

Cheap Sinkers Sinker Bumpers

Cheap Sinkers Sinker Slides

Bass Pro Shops

youtube Fish Weight Inline Fishing Weights

basspro shop Slip Egg Sinkers

basspro shop 4 hole plastic bobber stop

basspro shop Thill Pro Series Slip Bobber Floats - Unweighted

basspro shop Bass Pro Shops Bank Lead Sinkers

basspro shop Offshore Angler Disc Sinkers

basspro shop Team Catfish Sinker Slides

basspro shop Team Catfish SINKER BUMPERZ

basspro shop Team Catfish DOUBLE ACTION Catfish Circle Hooks


amazon Bullet Weights Bank Sinker, 5 Pound Box

amazon Bullet Weights Bank Fishing Sinker (32-Pack), 1/2-Ounce

amazon Liquid Mayhem atractant

amazon 5pcs Floating Popper Crankbait

Matzuo glass zander shad


Simply crank this bait down to the fish holding depth, pause, and watch it suspend and remain suspended until the tight, tantalizing wobble creates a vicious strike. The Shallow version suspends in 1 - 8 foot depths, while the Deep Diver can get down 10 to 20 feet. Excellent for use in larger lakes, deep weed lines and cover or simply deep trolling.

Rapala Shadow Rap jerkbait

Rapala Glass Shad Rap

Arkansas River Access

  • Swallows Rd.
  • Juniper Rd. below dame
  • Juniper Rd. off Hwy 96
  • Nature Center Rd. with Parking fee
  • Pueblo Blvd
  • W. 8th St.
  • Whitewater Play Park
  • S. Union Ave.
  • S. Main St.
  • Moffat St. path to Runyon Lake
  • S. La Crosse Ave.
  • Baxter Rd.
  • 36th Ln
  • Nyberg Rd
  • Avondale Blvd
  • Hwy 50
  • Martin Rd
  • S. Higgins Ave. (upstream fro Herfano River inlet)
  • Huckleberry Rd 1
  • Huckleberry Rd 2
  • 613
  • Hwy 50 by Chicosa Creek
  • 167 N. of Fowler
  • 207 N. of Manzanola
  • 71 N. of Rocky ford
  • John Martin Reservoir (Ft. Lyon. 1h 40m. 92 mi)

  • Lake Meredith. Sugar City 1h 2m. 57 mi


Pueblo has three species of black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted). Numbers of bass in Pueblo Reservoir are high.

Walleye, wiper

Pueblo has three species of catfish (channel, flat- head, and blue)

Pueblo Reservoir also contains fishable populations of black and white crappie, bluegill, yellow perch and rainbow trout.

Pueblo has three species of catfish (channel, flat- head, and blue). Numbers of catfish in Pueblo Reservoir have been fairly consistent in recent years and appeared to be made up of fairly large fish. A good number of catfish over 18” can be caught. Blue catfish, primarily discontinued from the stocking schedule due to poor sur- vival, were stocked in 2013 as extra fish were available. Blue catfish are rare, but the possi- bility of catching one and making a new state record is possible. Channel catfish have been more abundant than flathead catfish, but the number of flatheads has increased in recent years, which will make for another state re- cord possibility. The state record Flathead Catfish and Blue Catfish have both come from Pueblo Reservoir. In 2014, catch rates for catfish will likely be decent, especially if you target them. The quality of fish could be very high.

The 18” and over size group was larger than recent years but still relatively small. Gill- net samples do not do a good job of assessing the status of larger walleye in the reservoir. These larger fish are present in the reservoir in good numbers but are difficult to catch, especially when gizzard shad are numerous. Average catches of walleye in Pueblo Reser- voir yields around 3 to 7 legal fish per 100 fish caught. 2013 was a banner year for legal walleye, and 2014 should be very similar

The highest catch rates for walleye will usually occur from mid May to the end of June. At this time the fish will be located on the flats and points in shallow water and will be feeding heavily. Anglers looking for larger fish should use larger baits and move away from the large schools of small fish. Catch rates will be significantly lower, but quality of fish will be sig- nificantly higher

Wright & McGill River Thermometer

Fish Hawk Electronics Td Digital At-Depth Water Temperature Gauge


Since 1960, a history of developing and marketing innovative fish & game technology.

Vektor™ Fish & Game Forecasts’ roots go back to 1960 when John Uldrich and Robert Knutson, both avid hunters and fishermen from Little Falls, Minnesota, founded Vexilar Engineering Inc. Their first product in the fishing arena was the Deptherm™ - a unique and simple tool for finding depth and temperature. Still in production by Vexilar Inc., over a million of these units have been sold. In 1965 they acquired an electronic temperature sensing device from Honeywell Inc. which also served as a depth finder. No longer in production, it did put Vexilar into the electronics sector relating to fishing and opened the door to sonar equipment which they first imported from Japan.

Pioneering high-resolution, solid state fish location display technology.

By 1968 Uldrich and Knutson were designing and producing leading edge sonar equipment, pioneering the use of ‘sound’ in sonar, liquid crystal displays and light emitting diodes for display purposes (LEDs). They were the first to offer high resolution solid state displays (Video Sonar™) which are now the standard of the industry.

They continued to research the impact of temperature on fish feeding and migration patterns and collaborated with the magazine called “Fishing World” for many years on this subject. Click here to see the current temperature chart.

As president of Vexilar Inc., Uldrich was inducted into the original Fishing Hall of Fame for his work on fish temperature correlations and his effort to use advanced technology in the development of fishing finding equipment. Vexilar, under Uldrich’s presidency, pioneered the use of existing sonar for recovery work by Law Enforcement officers and agencies.

Fish & Game Forecast Begins.

In 1973, Vexilar took on the project of marketing a Fish & Game Forecast service offered by DataSport, then of Minneapolis. When the two partners sold the company (Vexilar) in 1980, John Uldrich formed Vektor™ to continue the fish and game services under that name. The use of NOAA data took place at this time and continues to this day.

Vexilar is a Latin term meaning “a soldier on the leading edge” and “Vektor” was used in the forecast service because the NOAA formula relies exclusively on the use of the 37-constituent forces which drive our planetary system thus creating the tide predicting data. This is based on the mathematics of “Vector Analysis” – hence “Vektor”.

Fish Hawk TD

Vexilar Deptherm ll Water Temp Fish Finder

Vexilar 104 Deptherm

We at Vexilar have a long and proud history of innovation in fishing products. Lets take a look at who we are and where we came from. Vexilar has been in the marine business since 1960. We have always been a small company with good hard working employees. Our goal has simply been to offer the sportsman innovative and quality products at affordable prices.

Our first product was a small clear tube that, when lowered under the surface of the water, gave the depth that it was lowered to. It also gave the temperature of the water at that depth. The product was the model 104 Deptherm and it is still in our product line today, over 50+ years later. - See more at:

The fishing odds are on your side every time you go out with a Deptherm, model 104, for two simple but important reasons. It tells you quickly and accurately what temperatures are below your boat and it also tells you how deep these temperature ranges go. Thus, if you have the temperature chart, you quickly know whether you’re fishing in a spot where the fish are most apt to be. If your Deptherm shows the water too cold or too warm for the species you’re after, you can quickly move just as the fish do. You won’t be wasting the day in the wrong place.

Deptherm works like this: dropped on a line, growing pressure forces water into the tube as the instrument descends. The volume of water trapped in the tube serves as a depth measurement column and is read off the side of the tube calibrated in feet. The thermometer on the other side assures close temperature readings if the instrument is left down for 30 seconds.

General Application - Attach the Deptherm to line and let sink to bottom or any intermediate depth. Hold there for 30 seconds and return to surface. Read depth on the calibrated side at the top of the water column and temperature off the temperature plate. Invert instruments; press valve to release water. Shake until all water is out before using again.

Downrigger Application - Clip the Deptherm Model 104 to your downrigger ball for monitoring water temperature and depth at the downrigger. When raising the ball for re-rigging, check the temperature and depth. Temperature readings on the Deptherm will not change while ball is being raised due to a delayed reaction (1 to 2 minutes).

The Thermocline’s Effect on Fishing Article on using Vexilar Deptherm Marc Martyn - 8/18/2008

Species Preferred Temperature Chart Species

Degrees Fahrenheit Coho 52-54 Lake Trout 45-55 Rainbow Trout 60-70 Brown Trout 55-70 Brook Trout 55-65 Landlocked Salmon 45-55 Sockeye Salmon 60-70 Largemouth Bass 70-75 Smallmouth Bass 65-70 White Bass 65-75 Perch (White, Yellow) 55-70 Walleye Pike, Sauger 55-70 Northern Pike 50-70 Muskellunge 60-70 Chain Pickerel 50-70 Sunfish, Bluegill, Crappie 65-75 Channel Catfish 70-75

Sonar / Fish finder

Lowrance Elite-3X Fishfinder with 83/200 Transducer

Lowrance Transducer Kayak Scupper Mount. Mounted in drain hole.

Electric Fillet Knife

Academy Tournament Choice KnifeI finally settled on the Academy Tournament Choice Electric Fillet Knife.

There’s nothing special about it, it’s not as powerful as my beloved MT3, it won’t last for extended periods of time under heavy use (for a weekend angler you’ll get a lot of life out of it) and there’s really no “wow factor” at but in a slough of mediocre electric fillet knives it’s the best!

That’s not a knock on Academy. I love their store and they make good products. Judging from all of the products on the market, it’s hard to build an amazing product when it comes to electric fillet knives.

Here’s why I’m using the Academy Tournament Choice Electric Fillet Knife:

  • It’s cheap at a whopping $19.99 full price.
  • It works as well as all others on the market and significantly better than all of the other $20 to $30 options and it performs as well as the $50-$60 electric fillet knives on the market.
  • Academy stands behind any product with the Tournament Choice name on it (their store brand). I don’t abuse the fact that they do this but on occassion I’ll have a knife that only lasts a couple of days. I take it back and they make it right!
  • It accepts the Mister Twister Fillet Knife Blades. That’s important. Keep reading and I’ll explain why.

Mister Twister 9” Electric Fillet Knife Blades

Mister Twister Electric Knife BladesThe #1 requirement on my list for an electric fillet knife is that it must work with the Mister Twister 9” Electric Fillet Knife Blades.

Fillet knife blades have to be replaced often, and these are the best, and they’re the only replacement blades that are readily available.

The Mister Twister Electric Fillet Knife Blades are super sharp right out of the package but the main reason they work so well is they’re much more flexible than most electric fllet knife blades. The ability to slightly flex the blades while cleaning catfish is essential to the process I use.

Always make sure you have good sharp knife blades. Dull blades will make this process much more difficult and will reduce the life of your knife (and are dangerous as well). Fillet Knife (Not Electric)

Dexter Russell Fillet Knife

You need a good quality fillet knife. Not an electric model like previously mentioned, just a good old fashioned piece of sharpened steel that you’ll power with some elbow grease.

There’s a ton of fillet knives on the market of various quality.

In recent years the Bubbe Blade has been all the rage. I listened to the Bubba Blade hype for a couple of years and then one of my clients gave me one. I’m really glad I didn’t spend money on it, it’s dissapointing at best and certainly not a $50 fillet knife. I really like the handle but beyond that it’s a major letdown and I’d take a basic Dexter Russell Fillet Knife over it any day.

If you want an even better quality knife the Cutco Fisherman’s Solution has a huge following and I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about them. They have an almost cult-like following. I’ve simply never used one because it’s sort of a hassle to get them. Everytime I’ve seen them in person it’s been at a fair or event and I didn’t want to be the guy that walks around with a big knife all day.

How To Clean a Catfish In Fifteen Seconds, Step By Step

This process is for smaller catfish. I don’t keep bigger catfish, in fact I’ve recently changed my catch and release policy from ten pounds to five and always encourage others to put the big cats back.

The techniques not nearly as easy on a larger catfish between five and ten pounds and it’s also much harder on knives, especially the electric models.

Cleanning fish

  • youtube Fillet Crappie - Faster Than Most
  • youtube HOW TO FILLET A BASS

Lake Pueblo

The fishing has been steady for both walleye and bass. Both species can be caught on jerk baits with very long pauses when you’re retrieving the bait. Popular baits to use have been smith wick rogues and rapala shadow raps in shad colors.

Conditions for the week of May 12, 2015.

we encourage anglers to explore some of the numerous private websites that offer fishing condition reports.

Examples include:

The only species allowed to be taken and used for consumption or used as bait (either alive or dead) by fishing, seining, netting, trapping or dipping are minnows, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, carp, sunfish, gizzard shad, sculpin, white and longnose suckers, yellow perch and rainbow smelt. Statewide bag limits apply to sunfish, bluegill, hybrid bluegills and yellow perch. f.

The seining, netting, trapping and dipping of fish is prohibited statewide in all natural streams, springs, all waters in Adams, Arapahoe, Boul der, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Elbert, Jefferson and Park counties, and all public standing waters in Rio Grande, Sagua che, Conejos, Costilla, Alamosa, Mineral and Hinsdale counties in the Rio Grande drainage. This does not apply to fish handled or produced at commercially licensed aquaculture facilities. Chad Ferguson - Choose a Cast Net Chad Ferguson - Prepare a Cast Net

Bait Buster Superior Handmade Bait Cast Net: 3/8” Sq. Mesh $112.50 7 foot. 1.5 lb/ft $42.73 4 foot. 1 lb/ft

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Cannon Flash Downrigger Weights

The Kayak Accessories Installation Video Austin Kayak

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How To Fish The Weeds By Richard Sims

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Truthfully, I’d say the state record channel cat is swimming in Pueblo Mark…I don’t think very many people target them regularly there. It’s a big lake by Colorado standards with miles of shoreline, timber, bushes..tons of structure..a lot of it difficult to impossible to fish effectively. So many places for fish to hide.

The fish I filleted yesterday were all males. Not a bad average size for males. Strategically, I could see the problem with targeting big fish in a tourney at Pueblo. As close as the standings were, you get one over twenty one and it’s going in the live well. Your buddy gets another and you’re now just wanting to fill a limit. Shoot, two days of just legal limits with none over 21 could put you in the money.

Plenty of big fish in Pueblo..but the night bite is better for large fish it is in most lakes. Even with two to three million park visits a year..the place is deserted at night. Also, once the baby shad move out into the lake..I think the larger eyes suspend and roam the open water much like wipers..and just follow the balls of shad …eating whenever they please…not really relating to structure.

One hint for anyone looking to target large eyes or cats at Pueblo..Wait until the baby swallows get ready to fly. It all takes place over a time span of a week or so..Fish the cliffs under the nests …a lot of them don’t make a successful flight when they’re pushed out of the nest and the larger cats and eyes are there below the nests looking for an easy meal.

Old 03-31-2015, 06:06 PM hobiecat Stalking Fish Armed with a Jig and Sonar Posted on March 25, 2015 By Doctor Sonar Pro Staff Kirt Hedquist


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Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle

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Gary Yamamoto

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youtube Gary Yamamoto - Hookset Philosophy and Spinning setup

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  • flourocarbon leader 12,14,16,20 lb

youtube Rigging the Yamamoto Kut Tail Worm

youtube Gary Yamamoto’s New Swimming Jighead Video!


youtube Big Bass and Crappie on Gary Yamamoto Grub

Marlon Jones lineNDaWater

youtube Crappie Fishing Slip Bobber Rig Setup Part1

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  • barrel swivel
  • 4 lb leader line
  • 4 split shot weight

  • 2 Aberdeen hook

Tom Andreas

youtube Crappie Fishing Techniques

  • Great

Fish Outlaw

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William B Tedrick

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Darrin Isaacson

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  • 0:48
  • 3 way swivel
  • split shot weights
  • thill slip bobber with stop
  • 2:1 ratio on bobber position


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  • Kentucky rig
  • 2 oz bank sinker is appropriate for the current
  • 5/0 Gamakatsu octopus hook

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youtube Learning How To Drift Fish For Catfish

Catfish Edge

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youtube Snelling A Hook

  • front to back through hook eyelet
  • overhand knot - can be tied before
  • over and around 8 times
  • line back to front
  • pull snug

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  • using clip on foam float

Steve Douglas The Catfish Dude

Santee Cooper Rig to Catch Big Catfish

Inexpensive Fish Finder that works for Catfishing

Lowrance Elite-7 and Elite-5 Chirp

Steve Douglas Blog - How to Catch Catfish

Catching Catfish using a Kentucky Rig

details on how to select the right bait for catfish


Channel catfish are one of the most well know to the masses and is the most common sought after catfish by catfish anglers. The channel catfish in habitats a large portion of the U.S. They live from the northern states all the way into the southern states, And from the East coast to the West Coast with the exception of only a few areas. The channel catfish color can vary in color, depending on the water conditions it in habits, but most will start out with bluish gray with almost silver sides with small black dots. The color will change as it matures. Some larger channel catfish will be mistaken for a blue catfish however the anal fin on the channel catfish is much shorter than the blue catfish, and the tail has a deep fork in it.


Channel catfish are the know scavengers of the three species and is continuously being caught by anglers on a large array of offerings. From hotdogs to soap. But here are the top bait choices that will help to increase your chances for a more successful trip. Night crawlers and worms, cut/live bait (minnows, suckers, chubs, shiners, goldfish, shad, skipjack herring, bluegills) catalpa worms, grasshoppers, frogs, crayfish, raw shrimp, and blood/stink baits.

Size of the bait will depend on the size of channel catfish you are targeting.

1 to 4 lbers. Use the smaller baits, 2-3 inch Minnows, worms and night crawlers, quarter size cut bait, raw shrimp, chicken livers and blood/stink baits.

5 lbs. and larger. Use the larger bait choices, live whole or cut shad, bluegills/heads, chubs/cut, suckers/cut, pretty much all of the above. The larger mature channel catfish will take a larger bait, the more natural baits listed, will increase your chances of landing a bigger channel catfish.

3 Key knots

“No Snag” Catfish Rig: The Dragon Tail Catfish Rig

  • Rig invented by Larry Muse
  • reclaim shot 25# bag birdshot $40
  • 12-14 inch 1/2 OD air tubing
  • glue Orange wire nuts to cap tubes
  • snap swivel on eye screw
  • eye screw into wire nut
  • super glue over eye screw
  • stores in rig wrap
  • balloons - golf ball size - 4” from hook - float bait
  • long version will drag through timber
  • multi ball swivel helps with twisting

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HuntnAndFishn Colorado

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Tungsten jigs like the Northland Tackle Tungsten Fireball teamed up with three pound Bionic Flourocarbon is a solid combination. Another sometimes overlooked presentation for deep panfish are small spoons like the Forage Minnow. On tough bites, the Forage Minnow with a hanging treble hook can sometimes work better than the small horizontal jigs often associated with the finesse required to catch fish that are off. Reason being is that with a tough bite, the fish will suck and spit more and sometimes bump the wrong end of a jig.

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When walleyes are the quarry before, during, and just after the spawn, much of the time a jig will be good, and that jig will be even better when tipped with a minnow. A three inch minnow is about right this time of year. In some lakes fathead minnows will work, but there are lots of places where a shiner minnow will be far more productive. Do some homework to find out if the walleyes in the body of water you’ll be fishing have a baitfish preference.

A jig with a short-shanked hook will be better in the spring. Put the hook in the minnow’s mouth and out the back of the minnow’s head. Some anglers hook the minnow through the lips, and that works, but usually nowhere near as well. First of all, if you’re casting or working around vegetation and you’re snapping the jig, lip-hooked minnows get ripped off very easily. Hook the minnow in the mouth and out the hard part of their head and they’ll stay on much better.

Just as important though, when you hook the minnow on a short-shanked hook in the mouth and out the back of the head, it’s a much smaller presentation, and in the cold water of spring, that smaller presentation will catch more fish most of the time.

Next consideration: Lure speed. Slower moving lures will usually be better, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to fish slowly, and that might not make much sense. Here’s what I mean.

Most fish in the spring want a slower moving bait, but it can take a long time to work an area if you’re moving the bait slowly. What has worked well for me is to start with, for walleyes for instance, an eighth ounce stand-up Fire-Ball jig. This jig has the short-shanked hook and stands up at rest so the fish can see the minnow wiggling. I work each retrieve pretty slow, but I don’t fish an area thoroughly until the fish are located. Once I catch one, I slow down and work the area hard. Often, a switch to a sixteenth ounce round-head Fire-Ball will get the fish to bite even better.

The same thing is true if you’re fishing for crappies with a slip-bobber set-up. Work the bait slowly, but the area quickly until you find the fish, then slow down and really strain the location.

When employing a slow presentation, a light, invisible line is preferred. Sunline is becoming very popular among anglers who want the best. If walleyes are your interest, six pound test Super FC Sniper is an outstanding fluorocarbon that is as invisible and sensitive as it gets. If you prefer monofilament, Super Natural in six pound test for walleyes and four pound test for crappies will excel. article Big Water Panfish by Ted Pilgrim

Especially in sprawling freshwater environs, sunfish and crappies tend to be homebodies, haunting relatively confined zones throughout the calendar year. No matter how big, deep or intimidating a water body, most contain prime shallow habitat used by panfish: boat harbors, marinas and other manmade backwater locales, plus natural bays, coves and creek inlets. Beginning in spring, nothing could be simpler than laying out a lake map and red X’ing vast portions of water in the main lake, particularly the stuff deeper than about 10 feet. Usually, what you’re left with is 5-percent of the lake’s area—the good stuff near shore that always holds panfish.

Searching for Sunfish

spring crappie Best known for his success in bigwater bass tournaments, Joe Balog is also a confirmed panfish sneak, hunting shallow habitats from ice-out in March all the way through summer. A resident of Michigan’s Lake St. Clair—which lies between lakes Erie and Huron and encompasses 430 square miles—Balog loves chasing springtime pumpkinseeds. An intriguing, exotically beautiful member of the sunfish clan, ‘seeds, says Balog, are a bigtime mussel eater that spawn on hard bottom, often near mussel beds. “Pumpkinseeds possess unique grinders in their throat that give them the ability to dine effortlessly on zebra mussels, crayfish and other invertebrates,” he says. “What’s neat is that on a lake like St. Clair, you’ve got real confined shallow bays that possess both hard-bottom and pondweed (cabbage). So I can take a giant lake and quickly narrow it down to just a few dozen acres—spots easily discerned on a LakeMaster digital map. The fish will often linger in these zones, spring through summer.

“Some of my favorite spring fishing occurs on warm, mostly calm days when you can get out and sunglass the water while cruising around with the Minn Kota. Because the fish often bunch into little areas like a 6-foot by 6-foot patch of cabbage, it’s real easy to miss ‘em. So it’s probably some of the most weather-dependent fishing I do all year. Certainly, you can get out on cloudy or windy days, and search. But then, it’s a matter of using my Humminbird side imaging to canvas these flats and look for both weed patches and small pods of panfish on screen. Once they begin spawning, I can even spot the beds right on my Onix unit, which is a huge advantage.”

On his favorite warm spring days, Balog relishes pitching small 1/32-ounce tube jigs and Beetle Spins into pockets in the vegetation, or along subtle transitions, such as a 3 to 5 foot break where mussels and crayfish often cluster together between the weeds and hard bottom, right on that little edge. The Beetle Spin, Balog says, shines as a search tool.

Once fish reveal themselves, working them over with tiny plastics, such as a Custom Jigs & Spins Finesse Plastic or Wedgee—either on a light jig or beneath a slip float—yields fast action. Balog wields an ultralight 6-foot Daiwa Presso rod with 4-pound test mono for most of his ‘seed fishing. Likewise, St. Croix’s Panfish Series rods have also proven themselves as “new classic” sunfish sticks.

Wolfpacks of Perch

While sunfish and crappies are comfortable hanging around relatively small home ranges, yellow perch often range much further, season-to-season. Balog finds small pods of big perch, some upwards of 14 inches, roving through shallow bulrushes and pencil reeds, rooted on hard bottom flats. The move usually occurs in postspawn—from late May into June—on many inland lakes, including St. Clair. A similar pattern also occurs in late summer into early fall, when perch return to shallow bulrush flats.

Bass anglers frequently collide with big perch while throwing spinnerbaits, as well as plastic worms. “These fish are super aggressive,” says Balog. “Finding them is the biggest obstacle, but by fishing fast with Beetle Spins, small plastics or even cranks, the fish actually tend to find you pretty quick. Once or so each spring, you get one of those days when the system clicks on all cylinders, and you connect with beautiful pound-plus panfish of all three species. Big water. Big fish. A ton of fun.” article Dropshot Panfish by Ted Pilgrim

The Best Rig You’ve Never Fished?

By Ted Pilgrim with Brian “Bro” Brosdahl

Amazing that such a versatile rig— this prefect presenter of soft plastics and livebait— would be so little employed by panfish fans. In reality, a dropshot rig can be as productive as a bobber and bait, or even a tiny jig. It’s even possible that the dropshot is the most versatile rig of all, providing instant depth control; fishes heavy without impairing or impeding the presentation; shines in shallow and deep water; and activates softbaits like no other presentation.

Despite the rig’s “advanced” connotation, the dropshot couldn’t be simpler. Think split-shot rig in reverse. As a softbait delivery method, the dropshot excels for bass. So it’s no surprise that small baits twitched and wiggled in new and tantalizing ways hold equal appeal for crappies, sunfish and big perch. If you can cast, you’re in. If you can tie a Palomar knot, you can master a dropshot rig.

Dropshot Baits

dropshot panfishTons of small softbaits now give panfish angler’s an arsenal of sweet options. Yet, while shapes like twister tail grubs excel on a jig, a dropshot activates straight tail worms, minnows and other subtle shapes. Moreover, many classic softbait shapes traditionally threaded onto 1/8 to 1/64-ounce jigheads spring to new life when pinned to a plain hook above a sinker.

Consider the Custom Jigs & Spins Wedgee, a lively microbait “twitcher” that marries perfectly with a dropshot. Impaled onto a #10 or #12 short-shank hook above a dropshot sinker, the Wedgee and other wispy sliver-tail baits can be almost magic for palm-stretching pans. Deployed with a ¼- to 3/8-ounce weight, these tiny morsels move with spellbinding action. Other microbaits like Custom Jigs & Spins Finesse Plastics and Noodel and Northland Tackle’s Impulse Bro Bloodworm perform truly captivating dropshot dances.

Anything with nice soft appendages and a fine quivering tail is a potentially perfect dropshot enticement. So long as you can nose hook it on a #6 to a #12 fine-wire hook, such as an Eagle Claw L2B, nearly any miniature morsel can be made to tempt bites, including livebait.

“Any time I need to put a bait at an exact level and keep it in the fish’s face,” contends guide and panfish pioneer Brian “Bro” Brosdahl, “a dropshot is priceless. Not only can I cast a dropshot and simply twitch it in place, I can also drag the rig, swim it, troll it or even work it vertically beneath the boat or a hole in the ice.”

As with any presentation, of course, limitations exist. Shallow dense cover areas, such as thick vegetation or brush are largely off limits. Fish suspended higher than three feet above bottom are also better served with other approaches. But even this situation has exceptions. When crappies or sunfish suspend in treetops or sparse brush deep enough to fish vertically beneath your boat, a dropshot can be the perfect presentation.

Rigging the Drop

Based on countless cover, depth and other conditions, a well-armed dropshot can be built with an array of possible componentry. “To detect bites,” says Bro, “I use a 4- to 8-pound test braided mainline, joining it to an 18- to 36-inch section of mono or fluorocarbon, using back-to-back Uni knots or an Improved Albright knot.” Often, when hunting fish within a foot of bottom, Bro says, an 18-inch length of 4- to 6- pound test mono is perfect.

The most critical aspect of the dropshot is tying the Palomar knot so the hookpoint faces up. Bro interjects that an exception to the standard dropshot rig often becomes necessary with light biting fish. “Big bluegills often mouth a softbait like humans taste red hot food. So it’s sometimes best to rig with a short dropper, or pair of droppers jutting from the mainline, as opposed to pinning the bait to the line with a Palomar.” Beyond the obvious advantage of allowing fish to more easily flush a bait entirely into its craw—thanks to the semi-slack dropper line—Bro also extols the ‘flutter factor.’

“Once the sinker hits bottom,” he says, “a short 3- to 8- inch dropper gives your bait a nice fluttering effect—more movement—as the dropper and bait slowly descend to catch up. I also like that a dropper gives baits a little extra whipping action when you move the rod-tip.”

Situational Droppin’

“Best rig there is for fishing just inches above low growing grass or small rocks, keeping a bait clean and at eye-level with the fish,” Bro asserts. “With a ¼-ounce sinker and 4-pound test, I can even get down to 20 feet of water fast, and fish with finesse and precision.

“In flooded trees and bushes, I’ll position my boat directly above a school of fish, and slide the rig down to a certain level—tops of the trees or mere inches above the level of fish I’m marking on the Humminbird. With Spot-Lock engaged on my iPilot, I’ll hover directly above and simply shake the rod tip to activate the bait’s tiny tail. The control you have with this presentation is unbelievable.”

For casting to shallow spring panfish, a dropshot can be powerful medicine. “Fish that have just moved up onto shallow flats aren’t real active yet. I use a 7-foot St. Croix Panfish Series rod to pitch a compact dropshot rig past the fish and slowly work it into position. Once there, give the rod-tip periodic nervous shakes, so the sinker stays put, but the bait’s little tail quivers like a defenseless invertebrate, inches above bottom.

“A dropshot is absolutely beautiful for putting a bait at the fish’s eye level—right where they’ve got no choice but to eat it.” article Keep It Simple For More Fish by Bob Jensen

Fishing is different things to different people. Some folks like to consider every aspect of why a fish was caught on a certain bait, was in a particular location at that time, and why that fish decided to bite just then. That’s great. Curious anglers catch lots of fish and often are the leaders in fishing education.

summer bassOther anglers just want to go fishing. They don’t want to analyze why they caught a fish, they just want to catch’em. That’s great too. If these folks were a little more interested in why they’re catching fish the way they’re catching them, they would probably catch more fish, but again, fishing is different things to different people.

Sometimes a simple approach to fishing is the most productive. I’ve been reminded of that fact several times this summer. Just recently, in the heat of the summer, a simple presentation was responsible for an outstanding walleye catch.

We were on a large Midwest lake known for walleyes. It could have been one of hundreds of bodies of water. The walleyes were on rock humps in depths from nine to thirteen feet. We chose to employ a very simple rig. After anchoring just upwind and to the side of the hump, we tied a hook to our line and crimped a medium sized splitshot onto the line above the hook about eighteen inches. We added a leech to the hook, cast to the hump, and reeled back in slowly, giving the rig lots of stops along the way. Every five or ten minutes we’d catch a nice walleye. Pretty simple stuff. We did add one twist to the rig. The hook had to be a Northland Super-Glo Attractor Hook in either orange or chartreuse. That’s as fancy as we got, and we caught lots of fish.

We noticed other boats working similar humps close to us. They were backtrolling and front trolling with crankbaits and spinners and all sorts of other rigs. They weren’t catching much though. That’s probably because their baits were in and out of the fish zone all the time. Our baits, due to our anchored position, were always in the fish zone, and that makes it much more likely that you’re going to get bit.

Simple doesn’t mean primitive. We relied on the sonar in our boat to find the best spots. Without sonar, we wouldn’t have been nearly as successful. In fact, we probably wouldn’t have found the spots that we fished. Still, you don’t need sonar with all the gadgets to find the fish. There are lots of times when all the new technology built into modern sonar units will help you catch more fish, but it’s up to the individual angler how far they want to go with technology.

And, there are times when, if you want to catch more and bigger fish, you will need more than a hook and a splitshot. That’s the fun part of fishing: You can make it whatever you want it to be. Sometimes I like simple, sometimes I like the more high-tech stuff. As long as you’re enjoying your time on the water, you’re fishing the right way.

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Three-way rigs once were considered a simplistic alternative to more refined slip-sinker rigs. But past misconceptions regarding their limited adaptability and use have been washed away on a tide of productivity. They catch walleyes in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs; along structure and across open basins; and now more than ever before, at different depths. Livebait, plastics, crankbaits, floating jigheads, spinners, flutter spoons, and combinations thereof follow the three-way lead. Take advantage of this versatile rigging system, or you’re missing fish. best catfish bait options

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Drop shot rigs have been used years by anglers seeking a variety of fish species. I have found it to be a very useful technique for bluegill fishing, especially when they retreat to the depths in the summer and winter months. It allows for maximal control for a presentation that is typically slower moving or completely still.

The classic drop shot rig is a hook or jig tied onto the line with a Palmor knot that has a long tag end remaining. A video of the Palmor knot can be found at the bottom of the page should you need a refresher or have never used this knot before. A weight is then attached to this tag end at the depth past the bait that you wish it to suspend from the bottom. Let the line down until you feel the weight encounter the bottom. Keep the lure there or impart action by jigging or swimming it around that location.

The bait or lure used with this presentation is almost endless. Simple hooks with soft plastic bodies, hand ties flies, live baits, something from the Gulp Alive line, and so on. Change the lure offering, color and presentation until you dial in the bite and start loading your bucket with bluegill the size of your head. But pay close attention to your line as bluegill will sometimes strike while moving up which is only indicated by a slack line. Best Line to Use for Bluegill Fishing How to Fillet a Bluegill

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A relatively simple and efficient way to fillet a standard fish. No scaling, gutting or cutting off the head. Boneless, skinless fillets are the end result, and a nearly meatless carcass. It takes some practice to get good at this technique, but it’s worth it once you do. You have to modify the procedure for walleye and catfish because they have a different head shape. See my other videos to use this method on largemouth bass and catfish.

Yes, I know this video shows two left sides being filleted. None of the right sides I filmed turned out because my shoulder was in the way. The point was to show a second side being done because it is a little different, not being supported by the meat on the other side.

If you want to leave the skin on, scale the fish first, then cut through the tail on the fourth cut.

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by Alan Clemons.

Before Mark Davis became a professional bass angler, he was a successful fishing guide in Arkansas. And long before that, he was a diehard fan of fishing for bluegills.

in spring, when he’s on the tournament trail, he’s thinking about catching them in summer, when it’s hot and sultry and they’re in deep water.

“It’s an underutilized fish and a lot of fun to catch, not to mention that they’re pretty good to eat as well,” Davis says.

Later, however, as the temperature rises, they move deeper.

That’s where Davis works his magic with his drop-shot rig and electronic sonar unit. He primarily fishes near his home on Lake Ouachita, a deep, clear reservoir, and he says his deep tactics work on other highland lakes as well.

King-Size Beds

“They spawn a lot deeper than people think they do,” Davis says. “Divers have told me they see them on huge beds with 50, 60, 100 fish on one giant bed as deep as 18 to 20 feet on points.

“I use my sonar just like I do when I’m bass fishing. Bluegills show up like little round balls rather than hooks. When you take a hard look at your screen and realize what you’re looking at, they’re pretty easy to find.” Ouachita has deep hydrilla and milfoil, and Davis begins there. If the lake level is high, he says, he’ll start trolling on the inside edge of the grass on a long point while watching his sonar screen. When he marks the bluegill balls, he’ll toss out a floating buoy and drop the live cricket. His simple rig consists of a ¼-ounce drop-shot sinker with a cricket hook about 12 feet above the weight. Crappie stake beds, brush piles, rocks, or stumps on long points, or standing timber in open water, are a bonus, Davis says. Bass anglers who plant brush piles unwittingly feed his addiction to summer bluegills. Bass and bluegills are in the sunfish family, so the two species inhabit similar territories.

“It’s as simple as it gets,” he says. “Even in shallow water, I’ll mark them with a buoy and back off, then cast and drag that rig through the beds. That same rig works in 4 to 12 feet of water. Drag it slowly. You won’t hang up and the cricket stays clean.” Master Fishing for Bluegills Offshore by Jason Sealockwired2fish

Fishing for panfish like bluegills, red ear sunfish, perch, and even crappie is enjoyable and plentiful, at least it is for most folks that pursue them in the spring. But folks often quit fishing for them after they leave the shallows and move to their offshore haunts in early summer through the next spring. But fishing for bluegills offshore can be as good or even better than fishing for them shallow.

Taylor begins his search after the spawn on hard clean bottoms on high spots, rises and humps on the edges of creek and river channels. The bluegills and big red ear sunfish will move out of spawning areas and look for places to regroup and forage.

On a TVA impoundment like Kentucky Lake, shell beds offer big panfish a great habitat to forage on muscles and snails on said shell beds.

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“Marker buoys are super key! Ridiculously key, dude,” said Iaconelli, in a tone that hinted this discussion about four-dollar hunks of floating florescent plastic wasn’t going to be a yawner.

“It’s the best, most important, inexpensive, piece of equipment you can own as a bass angler. I learned as a kid fishing from a jon boat that there’s always a sweet spot on the lake bottom, and a $4 marker buoy is the greatest tool there is to help with what I call ‘narrowing the window’ down to that sweet spot.

“Let’s say you’re faced with fishing a huge 60,000 acre reservoir during this time of year. It’s hot. It’s summer. You know you’re looking for humps and ledges near deep water. Finding that one magical hump that’s half the size of a hockey rink amid 60,000 acres of water is a serious task in ‘narrowing the window’. But once you narrow it down to the hump or ledge, then you’ve got to find the sweet spot on the hump or ledge.”

Iaconelli defines the sweet spot as anything on the structure that’s different than the surrounding substrate, such as a single large boulder, a stump or perhaps a patch of rock or gravel on an otherwise soft muddy or sandy bottom.

“Once I’ve located the hump with my electronics, I drop the first buoy simply as a marker to identify its basic location. Then it’s time to start searching with rod and reel,” he said. “I cast a Carolina rig, a football jig or a DT16 crankbait to get a precise feel for the bottom. I’m looking for that one little patch of something different that not even the best electronics in the world can detect because it literally has to be ‘felt’ by the angler.

“Once I feel something different, or catch a fish, I immediately drop a second marker buoy right in front of my trolling motor – sometimes I actually toss out the buoy while I’m fighting the fish. That second buoy becomes my point of reference as to where I need to position and hold my boat. I don’t want my second buoy to land on top of the sweet spot, or the school of fish, but simply to provide a reference point for where my boat should be setting for each cast that follows. Even if you drop a waypoint, only that marker buoy can offer a precise visual reference to know exactly where each cast needs to land.

“Marker buoys are reference points. That’s their job. And they’re not just for deep water or clear water. I use them nearly everyday that I’m on the water, including rivers, shallow water and muddy water. As a kid I rarely fished a lake that was deeper than 10-feet. So I learned to drop a marker buoy on a creek bed depression that might have only changed 10-inches in depth – but sure enough, that’s where the fish would be hanging – right there on that little 10-inch drop.”

Iaconelli admits that even after he’s dropped the second marker buoy and tagged it with a waypoint, his work is not done.

“Once I get off the water at the end of the day, a lot of times I make written notes on a lake map, or in a note book. For example, I might mark that waypoint No. 251 contains a large boulder where the bottom drops from 9 to 11 feet on the southwest corner of the hump.

“That’s why marker buoys are so critical. They are the most precise means we have to mark a sweet spot. And trust me if I find one boulder that’s half the size of my Tundra’s hood in the middle of Clear Lake, California – I want to know exactly where to find it when we go back there five years later.”

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