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Focus on Spawn Hangouts for Channel Cats

Many anglers decide to stop fishing for channel catfish during the spawn. That's a big mistake.

Focus on Spawn Hangouts for Channel Cats

Channel catfish need cavities for spawning, which is why they are often found near riprap and crevices in woody debris this time of year. (Shutterstock image)

My dad was my fishing mentor, a bib-overall-wearing, catfish-catching fanatic. But he was old-school. He’d swear that the fish just wouldn’t bite until the water warmed up and the catfish had finished spawning. They quit eating when they’re spawning, he’d say, and it was a waste of time even trying.

Then, one early-June evening, the local river called my name. Water levels were good, the air was sweet and I just wanted to be on the riverbank with water softly swirling at my feet. I hit all our familiar summertime hot spots—all the snags and...

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