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Lake Lookout Shoals

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Species

Catfish

Season

Winter (Current)
7 Fishing Reports
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Top Techniques Reported for Catfish + Winter

    Total Fishing Reports
    7
    Top Species Reported for Winter
    1. Largemouth Bass1 Report

    Lake Lookout Shoals Fishing Reports

    7 Reports on Lake Lookout Shoals

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    • Tin Ngou

      Gold Ambassador

      7/27/23

      • Species

        Catfish

      • Season

        Summer

      • Technique

        Live Bait Rigs

      • Structure

        Boulders

      • Water Temperature

        82°

      During the dead of summer, I went out to the river to see if I can even catch anything. Usually during this time of year, it’s so hot nothing really wants to eat. The best way to catch any fish during this time of year when it’s so hot is to use live bait. Today I used a cast net and caught some shad and use them as bait. I was free lining the live shad on my megabass orochii enforcer spinning rod with a vanford 4000. I had 20lb braid to 20lb mono leader. I was using a size 1 hook for free lining because the smaller hooks allows the bait to swim more freely. I casted the bait out into deepest areas that was atleast 10 ft deep and let the bait swim around until it got bit. I was able to get a couple big blue catfish using this method. This technique allows me to catch almost any species in the river. But this day, only catfish was biting the live bait.
    • Tin Ngou

      Gold Ambassador

      7/21/23

      • Species

        Catfish

      • Season

        Summer

      • Technique

        Live Bait Rigs

      • Structure

        Boulders

      • Water Temperature

        82°

      On a hot summer day, I decided to go out to the river where there is some moving water and bait running to fish. This particular part of the river I’m fishing is relatively shallow with some deep holes. I went out early in the morning and threw the cast net around to get some live shad to use. The shad I got was about 4-6 inches long. I would free line these shad out into those deep pockets for whatever bites. I was free lining these big shad on my st croix mojo bass spinning 7’1 MH with a shimano vanford 4000. I had 20ln braid with a 20lb mono leader for abrasion against rocks in the river. I was using a size 1 mosquito hook to hook these shad. I like using a smaller hook with this technique because the smaller hook allows the bait to swim more naturally. The deep hole I was fishing was about 10-20ft deep. In one of those holes, I was able to get a big flat head catfish to bite my free swimming shad. When it’s dead of summer, the best technique is to find moving cooler water and live bait.
    • Tin Ngou

      Gold Ambassador

      7/7/23

      • Species

        Catfish

      • Season

        Summer

      • Technique

        Live Bait Rigs

      • Structure

        Dam

      • Forage

        Alewife

      • Water Temperature

        80°

      Today I went to a dam in the dead of summer to try to catch some fish. With the dam not running and really hot summer day, I decided to use live bait. I was able to cast net some live alewife shad and use them as bait. Today I was just free lining these shad on my st croix mojo bass spinning 7’1 MH with my stradic 4000. On my stradic 4000, I had 20lb powerpro braid and 20 mono leader to help with abrasion against the rocks. I was throwing these shad on a 1/0 owner octopus hook to let it swim freely. If you throw a hook too big, it will weight down the bait and won’t swim naturally. I’ve caught a handful of big catfish just letting my shad free line. Because it’s dead of summer and no current, throwing live bait is one of the most effective techniques to catch any type of fish. Almost anything will eat a live bait, especially at dams.

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