Jack ive caught just about 10 flatheads so far this year, nothing over 12 lbs.
Normally the flatheads on our favorite river turn on in mid May(normal temp. years).....i say if we can hold air temps. in the 70's for a week the bigger fish will start to move .
thats a big "IF". Actually from the weather report I just say the lowet high temp for next week was 69, but looks like rain, which is a riverfishermans worst enemy.
But now heres somethign thats strange. The best time I ever had 'Channell catting was in MArch of 2002 after the massive amounts of snow & ice melted. The river (GMR) was way way way way way past flood level, but man I slayed the channels in the floodwater, but if its anything less than flood water, like just reg high levels I cant get squat!
I've not had much luck on the Ohio in the spring anymore, seems like it's in the fall here.
Good thing is there are small ones caught everytime the last few times out, so maybe when it warms up some more I'll try a night bite. Haven't been using live bait yet either. Should be real soon to see a few.
I will be hitting the river friday and saturday night, I think we will hear of a few bigger ones this weekend, hopefully one by me.............but I have had more luck towards the end of may and first week of june on the river for flatheads. But like Mrfish said October is best around here.
You are a little South of me but I usually don't start getting 40+ flatheads till the 3rd week of May. That doesn't mean I won't be trying
Last year I got the 1st one over 40 on June 25.
In 2002 I got my first one over 40 on June 20 in the rain.
In 1999 I got a 43 on May 16 but Don got a 44 May 13. In 1999 I also got 4 over 50 the last week of May so it must have been a lot warmer.
Anyway I am ready as soon as the flatheads are Months of planning and anticipation will be put into action starting this weekend
I know there are good numbers of birds in Clermont county, but to start seeing them hit by cars surprises me! My buddy in western PA says they get hit over there a lot, bust out windsheilds, etc. but I haven't heard of that in OH.
Maybe you need to show me where they are this thick so I can get mine and get onto the fishin fulltime! Actually, my brother and I are heading to Ripley tomorrow morning -- they are REAL THICK in those parts -- so that should be the ticket for at least one of us....
They are really thick in Ripley, my dad lived there for years. I've seen huge flocks (?) of them around here. Anywhere's from 15-30 birds together......Bullheads don't count smallie.......... DA KING !!!