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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    Quote Originally Posted by Waterdog View Post
    Hey Centerconsole, what bait do you use for cats in those 2 lakes. I'm thinking of making a run to Camanche later this year to target cats.

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    every year I catch my largest on Sardines and Mackerel but my friend uses chicken livers and hes gotten some big ones also i say those three are our favorite baits especially price wise we have also used clams with good results but i dont like dealing with opening them up.

    dont go catfishing anywhere without baitfish in my opinion

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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    Quote Originally Posted by fool4fish View Post
    If weather is not to windy tomorrow then i am going to head over to Beeks Bite and try for both Cats and Bass. Going to try inflated night-crawlers on bottom and chicken liver under a bobber for Cats. Will use night-crawlers under a bobber for Bass which seems to work pretty well as i have seem many Asian fisherman use this method for catching Bass and are very successful. (will probably work also for Cats) Will also use rubber worms. Generally its a little early for the cats but all this rain will probably draw them close to shore. The best time for the cats is when the carp start spawning which is still a little while away when the weather is warmer.
    Thank you for your kind response and good luck on your effort to catch something.

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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    Quote Originally Posted by Folsomtroller22 View Post
    Most of our outings at Folsom have been for trout and salmon with some bass targeting mixed in. Since the lake has been mixed up pretty well with all the rain and is as dirty as I've seen it in a long time I'm thinking perhaps some catfishing fun may be worthwhile right now and I'm thinking maybe around New York cove. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I know every inch of Folsom but have never tried to catch catfish there. I've marked some very large arches on the bottom in past years and have wondered if they just might be some very well fed catfish?
    If weather is not to windy tomorrow then i am going to head over to Beeks Bite and try for both Cats and Bass.
    Going to try inflated night-crawlers on bottom and chicken liver under a bobber for Cats. Will use night-crawlers under a bobber for Bass which seems to work pretty well as i have seem many Asian fisherman use this method for catching Bass and are very successful. (will probably work also for Cats) Will also use rubber worms.
    Generally its a little early for the cats but all this rain will probably draw them close to shore. The best time for the cats is when the carp start spawning which is still a little while away when the weather is warmer.

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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    Quote Originally Posted by fool4fish View Post
    I have fished both Camanche and Folsom and have done well at both for Channel Cats. I like using Jumbo minnows and Chicken liver at Folsom and have used inflated night-crawlers at Camanche. Both lakes kick out big cats, generally over 7-8 lbs. Have not been to either this year for cats. i wonder how well the fishing would be since all the rains? I have read that the rain brings lots of food into lake from shore and is a good time to fish for cats. I have not tried that but sounds reasonable.
    Most of our outings at Folsom have been for trout and salmon with some bass targeting mixed in. Since the lake has been mixed up pretty well with all the rain and is as dirty as I've seen it in a long time I'm thinking perhaps some catfishing fun may be worthwhile right now and I'm thinking maybe around New York cove. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I know every inch of Folsom but have never tried to catch catfish there. I've marked some very large arches on the bottom in past years and have wondered if they just might be some very well fed catfish?

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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    Crawdads are a really overlooked bait for catfish. For many of the places I have fished they are the major forage base.

    Live crawdads when available. It is pretty easy to toss out a trap and catch your own.

    Tails. Some peel them. I see no reason to do so as cats, bass, strippers, trout can all eat them in the shell.

    Artificials work well. River2Sea are stand up baits. They come in different sizes. I have used the smaller size for trout and the larger sizes for strippers as well as cats.

    The Gulp salt water shrimp baits also work well. I put in a couple to those rattle tubes from bass fishing and slowly twitch them across the bottom.

    I use punch baits and add crawdad scent. Some of these already come with a crawdad scent.

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    Melones has a derby every year just for catfish. Call the Glory Hole Sports up there and they will tell you what works. Better yet go to their website and sign up for their weekly report. They always say how the different species are biting throughout the year. I was drop shotting for spots and instead of using lead for the weight I used a River2sea crawdad as the weight. Was twitching it on the first cast and fought a 14.7 lbs cat for 12 min. I was using 4 lb test.

    Here is a video of it.

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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    Melones has a derby every year just for catfish. Call the Glory Hole Sports up there and they will tell you what works. Better yet go to their website and sign up for their weekly report. They always say how the different species are biting throughout the year. I was drop shotting for spots and instead of using lead for the weight I used a River2sea crawdad as the weight. Was twitching it on the first cast and fought a 14.7 lbs cat for 12 min. I was using 4 lb test.

    Here is a video of it.


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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    I have fished both Camanche and Folsom and have done well at both for Channel Cats. I like using Jumbo minnows and Chicken liver at Folsom and have used inflated night-crawlers at Camanche. Both lakes kick out big cats, generally over 7-8 lbs.
    Have not been to either this year for cats. i wonder how well the fishing would be since all the rains? I have read that the rain brings lots of food into lake from shore and is a good time to fish for cats. I have not tried that but sounds reasonable.

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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    Hey Centerconsole, what bait do you use for cats in those 2 lakes. I'm thinking of making a run to Camanche later this year to target cats.
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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    camanche and melones for sure in my opinion on some hot summer days/nights camanche is so wide open and good sized you cant trust not keeping an eye on your rod at all times and the fish are pretty clean out of these lakes... i will say tho sometimes camanche works in a weird way during the summer rather it be lunar or weather I don't know but it can be great one day and fall off a cliff the next... melones for me stays pretty good and consistent in most areas and doesn't have the same numbers as camanche but they do have some big fish out there.

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    Re: Best catfish lake in the motherload?

    I haven't targeted catfish at Camanche but have heard from others that it's a good lake for catfish.
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