Big Channel Cats
Around Cincinnati a big Channel catfish is 6 pounds.I believed the real big channel cats were caught in Southern waters.Then about 15 years ago I was shown photos of huge Channel cats caught by my brotherís co-workers.These guys went north to Canada for those monster size channel cats.
The location for this best Channel catfishing action is Lockport, Manitoba! There is small dam there on the Red River of the North that blocks the movement of the Channel cats, and the bait fish they feed on.The dam pins the bait fish from escaping the hungry schooled up Channel cats.
Many of the T.V. videos of big channel cats being caught on rod & reel are shot at that area.It is theBEST CHANNEL CATFISHING area in all of North America in mine and many other folks that have fished there over the years.Channel cats 15 pounds and over are common.20 pound plus cats are also there in good numbers.Be sure to have a large supply of hooks and flat sinkers for there are lots of snags that cause some frustrations.The current there is very strong so fighting a big catfish is a real battle to get it into the boat or shore.You can hook these brutes from the bank as well as boat as many of the local fishermen do.
Two big fishing rule in Manitobato keep the catfishing for such big cats preserved for the future are catch & release and barb less hooks.You can weigh and take a photo of the catfish then it should be returned to the river as quickly as possible.You can not put it on a stringer and run it back to the dock to have a friend take a picture for you.This is one of the main reasons it is hard to hold a catfish tournament in Manitoba. You had to decide if you wanted to a fish to be weighed and counted as soon as you got it into the boat.If you decided not to weigh it then it had to be put back in the river.Then there the chance that might be the only one big fish you hook that day.The barb less hooks is not a problem at all for the catfish hit so hard they can not throw the hook, but it is easier to remove once you have it in the boat or on the bank.
For a CHANNEL CATFISHING trip of a lifetime LOCKPORT MANITOBA is the place to go!
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