Find nice shallow bays....thats where ive found them on the lakes so far this year......the shallower water warms faster....will also find channel cats stacked up there too.
Carpin is a ton of fun, almost any water will hold them and its a VERY untapped resource.
Can anyone name the species in Ohio that grow over 40 lbs.?? and can be found all over the state?
Flathead catfish: 76.5lbs. 58 5/8" , Clendening Lake ,Richard Affolter, New Philadelphia July 28, 1979
Common Carp: 50lbs. 40" ,Paint Creek ,Judson Holton, Chillicothe May 24, 1967
Buffalo Sucker: 46.01lbs. 42" ,Hoover Reservoir ,Tim Veit, Galena July 2, 1999
Musky: 55.13lbs. 50 1/4" ,Piedmont Lake, Joe D. Lykins, Piedmont April 12, 1972
Scott brings up a very good point. I live within 45 minutes of around 5-6 lakes that were never good for cattin (decent, not good) But always held a nice population of big carp. Now, I'm in a hotbed of lakes in my region. Hey, I fished for cats for one reason, the sport and fight of it. Carp are just as good in my book, the only diffrence is the bait smells better CATKING !!!
I have got two places in mind, one is a small city park lake here in town appx 5acres that they stock with Carp every year for a fishing derby, I think a 40-lber won it last year.Or the shallow end of lake logan..It is hard for me to get into this carpin because I dont feel right not fishing with Shad.LOL But I do smell better when I get home.