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Question by jrod817. Uploaded on May 23, 2010
I found this answer (and much more) at Aquatic Community:
In the wild Channel catfish spawn during the spring and early summer when the water temperature is raising. They spawn in a nest built by the male. The nest can be anything from a cave that he has cleared out to a crater he has dug in the bottom. The Channel catfish spawn in the nest and the male then guard the egg and fry to keep them save from other predators. A single spawning can result in over 20 000 eggs which hatch after about 10 days. The fry leave their fathers protection after about a week.
Their website is at: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/catfish/channel.php
Did you know Channel Catfish can live up to 40 years and grow up to 58 lbs. Phew! BIG!
As far as bait goes...I was told the stinkier the better by some very experienced Channel Cat fisherman in our northwest area of WA State. They said they have used rotten meat. Reminds me of crabbing.
We had to giggle though, as the hubby got lucky and caught a nice sized channel cat while trolling with a pinky-sized perch plug on 6 lb. line. Got it in the boat!
Typically they spawn in the late spring. April and May where I live in GA. The actual spawning cats don't feed very much and loose consideral weight and muscle quality. The fed like a bear once the spawn is over but it takes a while for them to recover. there will be many other non-spawning fihs available at this time. I find fishing with fresh cut baits, worms and crawfih to be the best during the late spring early summer period.
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