Yeah FishinKats, but he doesn't need to drive clear to Barr Lake to catch them. There's gotta be plenty of Channel Cats in the reservoirs around loveland, not to mention the reputation that UNION RESERVOIR has for some nice ones well over 10 pounds. That would be my recommendation for 5th reel.
5th, set up a "Carolina Rig". You know, 1/2 oz Goose Egg Singer sliding freely up and down your main line, which ends in either a swivel (I use #5 barrel swivels) or a steel leader. . then use about 2 feet - 3 feet of leader, ending in a 4/0 or 5/0, or 6/0 CIRCLE HOOK. Size depends on whether you target small or large fish. I use 6/0 Sure Set Circles.
Catfish eat anything if you are targetting channel cats or blue cats the stinkier the better. They make a number of catfish stink baits you can buy online or at batishops or walmart or what not. Liver, shrimp, blood bait, crawdads, worms, minnows, cutbait, even heard of people using hotdogs and KFC to target them.
Flathead Catfish are more of a preditory type fish they prefer live bait best caught with bluegills or shad.
Time of day is pretty important when catfishing you can catch them at midday but you have better chances at low light periods sundown +3 or 4 hours or 3 or 4 hours before sun up.
I've heard and read that circle hooks work great for those types of baits and fish,, From what I remember, they are to be used with a slow steady hookset,, ( reel down on them and pull steady like but not a jerk type hookset) and the hook will imbedd in the corner of the mouth. This be a true statement?
Funny Union was mentioned for cats...i know there are some big ones in there, but heck if i can catch them..and believe me, ive tried at least 20 or 30 times...and not one fish as of yet. i have better luck at Barr...not a whole lot of fish, but some big ones if you hit it right. other than that all ive caught around north denver/boulder/longmont have been alot of little ones, or none at all...nothing that i would label as "good" catfishing.
I have talked to a lot of peple and I always hear the same thing " I caught a few catfish but nothing big " or " I caught one catfish and it was huge". Does Colorado have any great catfishing? and if so where?
I think up here in the denver metro area big cats are not as common as in the warmer regions...shorter growing season, limited food sources, ect ect. ive seen some decent ones, but definately not in any great numbers, and not of the same caliber as the ones ive seen farther south or in the eastern or southern states...a 20 lb channel cat is kinda rare around here, in NC, georgia, and SC where i use to fish for them it was only a little above average...so if theres any GREAT catfishing in coloradoid like to hear about it so i can get in on the action....
the one big factor in catching big cats is bait fish
we really dont get into them unless they lose the bait fish
2 yr ago we got into the cats real good up here at thurston but thats because the lake was going dry and well the big fish didnt have as much to eat so we had some real good fishing
if you new what you were doing we would go out there and watch people fish all day and not catch anything
then we would let them leave and well start catching fish
the fish are there just need to know where and what to target them with
and as far as me im still having trouble catching cats in
j-martin some times i can get into them and some other times well i cant catch a cold
but i keep trying and am always listening to people talk about where and when and what kinda bait they use
so if you hear of any good tips or of any good places to go im all ears and always willing to learn how to catch them kats
5W...up by you I have heard good things about Lonetree...I havent fished for cats but supposedly there are good ones in there...Aurora down here...there is a guy by the name of Clarence that has Aurora's number...I know he has caught several pushing 20 pounds...
Bbig cats are everywhere. I cannot think of a reservoir where they aren't . Chatfield for example, Cherry Creek. When people say there aren't any there, they haven't exploited the entire environment. There are catfish so big they break lines with regularity.
The difficulty is that fishermen try a ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL mentality. That is, they use gear and bait for little eating size cats and wonder why they don't catch the monsters with that stuff. Then, if they fish for monsters without the proper bait and gear, or choose a poor location, they think there are no monsters there.
You can apply the same logic to about any fish species. You can catch small trout of 12" and under all day; but that isn't using the same technique that will land a trout of 5 pounds and up, necessarily. I believe the adage applies, that you get what you AIM for.
Colorado has some good catfish fishing. I have caught a decent amount of cats over 10 pounds, all out of the Colorado River near Grand Junction. I have hooked fish into the 30 pound range here.
Highline lake has good fishing for cats that average 3 - 7 pounds, with some in the 10 - 20 pound range. Mcphee also has good fishing for catfish around the inlets.
Cherry Creek and Chatfield have some big cats around the inlets. But the best bet is the Colorado River below Grand Junction. It isn't the Red River of the North for size of channel cats, but it has some of the better fishing for bigger channels in the West for sure.
The thing I like about catfishing is that even if nothing bites, you can still chill on the shore all night talkin' with your buds until everyone dozes off..THEN A DAMN RANGER GIVES YOU A $50 UNATTENDED POLE TICKET BECAUSE YOU FELL ASLEEP!!! That was at Chatfield. I fished a fair amount at Chatfield in the small ponds, but the best I did last summer was a carp on a crawler. The ranger told me big cats come out of the small ponds at Chatfield and an 18 pounder was caught early in the summer. The Plum Creek area where yoiu hike a bit is supposed to be geat, and there were always a ton of people fishing it last summer. I hope to do a little better this summer. As far as bait I have heard livers, crawlers, and shrimp. In good old Tejas we used to throw chunks of suasage on the hook and wait. I'll be posting catfish reports when the weather warms up a little bit.