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Bear river cats
So is it just me or is the bear river in cache valley not really producing any catfish I have caught a ton of little ones but nothing over a pound and a half which is weird for me wondering if anybody else had good luck on the river
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Have you been checking the Utah Contest board? Looks like a few nice ones coming from there and the lower section in the BRBR, check out Ahi1953's 30" cat on the contest board.


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No where do i check thats at
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http://www.bigfishtackle.com/...gforum.cgi?forum=100


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I've caught dozens of channel cats up to 25" out of the bear river in cache county this summer. Not many under 18". Kinda wierd that you aren't getting into bigger ones.

What bait are you using? I'm using suckers for cut bait.

Mike
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Really weird i havent got any thing over 20in in aleast a month and half and i usely do pretty good on the the river when it is this low and there is no current i just cant seem to find them i use fresh carp meat usely caught that night i am going freaking crazy i fish out of a boat on the river with a 18 hp motor down by the Bridge where the boat ramp is so i mean i cover a lot of ground all the way up to the schreiber's in Smithfield down to benson and i cant find them with worms the magic bait from Walmart or fresh carp meat so i dont know what the heck i was doin really good in the spring but none of my spots are worth a hell right now
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Yes i found it
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Are you fishing at night at all? I've had my best luck after 9 pm this summer. I will admit that I haven't caught any over 25" this year...which is weird because I usually get some at least 29-31" by now if I'm trying for them a lot. They do seem a little smaller this year to some extent (for me anyway) but it could just be bad luck.

Try to the north of benson marina a couple miles. Down where clay slough dumps into the main channel is a great spot right now. Just position your boat on the transition from the channel to shallow water and fish mostly the shallow water side at night and you should get plenty of bigger ones. Like I said earlier, cut bait seems to work the best for larger fish and commercial bait and worms seem to just get mostly dinks.

Also, just upstream from the spot where clay slough dumps in for a couple hundred yards or so is really good right now if you position your boat in the current about 30 feet from the banks that are covered in reeds and cast to about 10 feet from the reeds. Also straight down current from the boat. You should be able to work up to 4 lines effectively in that zone and I'm sure you'll get into plenty.

I've noticed the bite is best from 9 pm to 3 am with some fair activity on either side of that time frame for about a half hour.

Hope this helps you out a little in your quest for some bigger ones.

Mike

PS....we did notice that the benson bridge was kicking out smaller ones than everywhere else we tried, but that could be from the pressure and people keeping everything they catch there.
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It's been a smaller year for me as well... Got one over 26 this year, when I usually find several 27's so I'm stuck in the small side, but I know others fishing the river that are finding nice fish... But in general I've been disappointed with the size this year, not much over 24"... Pattern is changing now so my shallow area doesn't hold the fish anymore, water temps are getting too hot, so I expect the channels should start to have more bigger fish in it now... Just wish I could get out and try it more... Good luck.. J
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I wonder why we aren't getting as many big ones this year Jeff? The numbers are still there, but its like they've dropped a couple inches or so in the average size.

It's situations like this that make me want to explore new areas on Cutler, but with my schedule nowadays I just don't have too much time to risk coming over and getting totally skunked, and most of my fishing trips are in the dark so exploring is riskier. I did take one trip down toward the dam and only caught three channel cats and a few bass, but the channel cats I caught down there were only 16-19 inches, so no monsters for me down there. I may just stick with my old spots and use bigger bait I guess, but that usually doesn't make any difference after my cut bait hits 2x2 inches in size.

Also, I'm not seeing anymore pressure on cutler or the bear river than I've seen in the past 15 years, so I don't think they are being over harvested. I usually only keep a few for dinner when I go out and turn the rest (and biggest) back, but I'm not sure how many others are keeping. When I talk to others at the ramp that have just finished they aren't keeping more than reasonable numbers either.

Mike
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Interesting observations. I see the same issues at UL. We have not had a 30 inch fish entered in the contest yet this year. Years past I have always had at least a couple of 30+ cats caught in May and June... nothing this year. Lots of cats, just no really big ones. I suspect the Russians are influencing the catch.Wink

I'm hoping the bigger cats will begin to put in an appearance as the spawn winds down and the water temps begin to cool. They should be feeding on baby carp and white bass now too. I think late August and Sept. will get the big cats on the prowl.

You guys shouldn't complain too much... at least you have a few 30 inchers entered. It ain't over yet... the best is yet to come.

Good luck up there.

BLK (Go South!!)
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Hey Mike,
I'm not sure what is going on this year with the cats, there was a big siltation load this spring since that big wash in Lewiston washed out and deposited in Benson, so it built a bunch of new sand bars and changed flow patterns a little... I expect the fish are there, but have moved somewhere different... From what I'm hearing, I think they may have run up river and are in the more remote reaches of the river... I really haven't fished much lately, so I'm not a lot of help for recent cat action on the pond, I think I will be hitting the river channel next time though.. My last trip to the shallows at night yielded two dink channel cats and a few yellowbellies... So I'm done with the shallows... Problem is once this transition takes place I've never found where to get back onto the bigger cats until later in the year at least. In September the cats get back to where I can find them, but the next month to six weeks is always tough for me... So I need to learn how to fish this period of the season... I know they are there, but I don't know where that is... Good luck... J
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Good heads up about the siltation in the river and reservoir. I'll take that into consideration on my next trip.

I'm still getting plenty in the shallows, but it's a late night bite only. The cats move in after dark the last few weeks and then it's game on. The deeper channels in the daytime have been best, but it's just too hot for me in the daytime this time of year, so I've gone nocturnal as well.

Mike
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Hey Mike howz the bugs out there at night? Shore fishing has been terrible. In fact I've even stayed home two nights because of bugs and lack of sleep. Think I'll try the boat next time. Later J
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fearfish wrote:
is the bear river in cache valley not really producing any catfish

it must be all the dog fish. since you know, cats and dogs are natural enemies





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As long as I fish with no light and use glow sticks on the end of my pole, the bugs have been a non-event and I haven't needed skeeter dope.

Mike
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Okay thanks Mike... I'm thinking the boat sounds better than shore fishing, I've been lightless and still ate alive... head nets and all this year... Thanks J
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Hey Lynn, while I see ya on here, got to ask...water level staying up out of LB ?
Still deep enough for my little boat? Thinking of another day trip down that way next Sunday, early.