Tyler & Jason Howick report. During the past week we have been fishing pre-spawn channel catfish in Lake Erie tributaries. Water temperatures were around 67-70 F, before the recent cold front and rains, which resulted in catching some good numbers of larger fish. Big male channel catfish were staging in and around spawning sites aggressively striking baits placed near them. Using slip floats and chunks of fresh cut-bait we covered a lot of water using this explosive presentation. Hooking big channel cats near heavy wood cover on slip floats requires heavier line to pull bigger fish from timber. We fish 20-30 lb braided line on spinning reels with 7-8 ft medium to medium-heavy action rods. This fishing will continue to improve with consistently warmer weather as more fish continue to move up to spawn.
Tyler and Jason Howick