plumb creek is the far east side of the res, past the marina. when the lake is up there is little acessable shoreline, so you will need to bushwack. I think it's still early for cats there, have heard 60 degrees is when they become more active. good luck and post any trips you make-
Okay. In the interest of goodwill to man, etc., I'll share some of my secrets. The place to fish is the Platte River, directly below the Chatfield dam. I've used 3 techniques with success: 1) A wad of cube steak between golfball and billard ball in size, fished in the still water to the sides of the tail races. The larger size will keep the crawfish from dragging your bait into the rocks. 2) Stand on the tail races and cast a whole night crawler (use a worm threader) below a single split shot upstream into the tunnel and let it drift downstream. This will produce Walleye, trout and suckers as well. 3) Fish from the platform directly over the tunnel. Rig a single heavy (1oz or heavier) weight with a snelled hook about a foot above the weight. Use the crawler/worm threader rig and drop it right below the white water. This is also good for Walleye, trout and suckers.
I've never used stink bait, so I don't know if that works, but there are a lot of cats in there getting fat on crawfish and dead stuff churned up in the tunnel. I've seen guys catching all types of fish on live minnows, too.
NOTE: Anytime you catch a fish with any size from the tail races, you'll have to walk the fish down to the end, then back around to the still water. It helps to have a buddy to help land the fish. Once you get there, you'll see what I'm talking about. My brother in law caught a 18" walleye there once and just hoisted it 30' straight out of the water, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Well crap, i wasn't gona tell him about the spilway! oh-well, cats out (thats punny). ok, seen a a 20 lb cat come out on a big monnow below a bobber. Cought a few small ones w/ the crawler float tecnique. Place gets crowded so be ready for crossed-lines & stuff. Should be starting to pick up out there...
I think I know the area you guys are talking about--which way is the water running...towards the lake or away? What's the spillway? Cats for me have been pretty good in the Kingfisher area--ever seen the Blair Witch Project? It's damn scary walking through the woods in the middle of the night but it's worth it. Will post past pictures.
Plum Creek inlet very good after or during a rain, Night crawlers and water dogs, if you dont keep it off the bottom the crawfish will chew it up. Crawfish tail also works well, all that stink bait and other dough baits are not very effective. I would also echo the advise about the outlet, I have seen some HUGE cats taken out of there 10 - 20lb. Thats all I got, good luck.
I fished Plum Creek allot last year. I tried Minnows, Stink Baits, Shrimp, Chicken Livers and Crawlers. The only thing that worked was Crawlers. I'm going to keep trying the other stuff but it may be as simple as worms.
I had luck with Chicken Livers in the ponds behind the main lake.
how do you rig your lines for catfish? Did you catch bigger fish on Water Dogs?
Honestly it has been a couple of years since I went for the cats out there but blowing up the worms to keep them of the bottom it was right after a rain and we caught quite a few(in MAY). Nothing over say 5lb but good eatting size (I took three home to eat) we also put some anise oil on the worms....my friends idea, that seemed to help. I went out another time (late August) w/ Water dogs (I am by no means a seasoned catfisherman) it took me a while to get use to the takes you really have to let them take it, I started out setting the hook way to soon. Anyway we would hook the water dogs Mouth or Tail w/ a 4/0 hook, no weight, if you can keep them alive they will keep themselfs away from the crawdads. We only caught two fish both 8lb+. However if I had mastered the hook set after take, should have had 3 or 4. W/ Shad in the late now I am curious how Shad sides would do? Good Luck!