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I am posting this here because I figured it would get more eyes on it. I just pulled this from the catfish section: Channel catfish populations in lakes less than 700 acres usually have to be maintained through stocking due to a lack of natural reproduction.

I thought that channels cats spawned in rck crevises, logs, basically any type of hole. Am I wrong on this? I have read this in In-Fisherman books and magazines.
 

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Catch bait???
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They do spawn in smaller lakes, but it just isn't as prominant as larger lakes that hold better habitat. Fish hatcherys spawn them in Lakes as small as 1/4 acre, heck you could technically do it in an even smaller body of water. Predation and natural death as young though are probably the main reason smaller lakes are stocked.
 
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