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kenhump
 July 15 2017 12:12PM (Read 5729 times)  
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I remember a thread long ago, that blue car didn't just didn't exist in the Missouri River in the Iowa stretch. This is from the DNR fishing report this week.
"Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Flathead Catfish - Good: Use rod and reel and trotlines with live bait off the tips of wing dikes and rock structures. Evening or after dark is best. Blue Catfish - Good: Use fresh cut bait fished off the bottom in or near the current. Channel Catfish - Good: Use worms, chicken livers, cutb ait and dip baits near wing dams, brush piles and along the rock revetment. " DNR fishing report 13 July 2017.


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 July 15 2017 10:11PM  
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Who said something crazy like that?

The first part, I mean. Blue cats run up the Big Sioux


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 July 16 2017 09:12AM  
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No kidding. I catch them just as frequently as Channels and Flatties out of the big Muddy. You can find them in any tributary until the first point of resistance in the interior rivers (Big Sioux, Little Sioux, Boyer and the Nish).


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 July 18 2017 11:56AM  
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how far do they run up the Mighty Miss?

I don't think we have them here in Dubuque, although they have some monster Blues on display at the River Museum


 
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 July 18 2017 01:40PM  
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how far do they run up the Mighty Miss?

I don't think we have them here in Dubuque, although they have some monster Blues on display at the River Museum



From my understanding, Blues are almost non-existent on the Mississippi in Iowa. Supposedly, the population really starts to drop off above St. Louis.


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 July 19 2017 02:58AM  
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how far do they run up the Mighty Miss?

I don't think we have them here in Dubuque, although they have some monster Blues on display at the River Museum



From my understanding, Blues are almost non-existent on the Mississippi in Iowa. Supposedly, the population really starts to drop off above St. Louis.



They are definitely in Iowa on the Mississippi river. There was a catfish tourney in Canton, MO in June where the big fish was a 40# blue. Several others in the 10-25# range.


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 July 21 2017 10:53AM  


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Definitely Blues in a local trib to the Miss. near me. Watched one get cleaned last weekend.


 
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 July 21 2017 12:47PM  


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Nonexistent - not quite. But they are obviously caught much less frequently. I have caught quite a few in Lee County out of the Mississippi, even a few out of the Skunk close to where it dumps in. Awesome fish though!


 
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 July 21 2017 02:00PM  
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Nonexistent - not quite. But they are obviously caught much less frequently. I have caught quite a few in Lee County out of the Mississippi, even a few out of the Skunk close to where it dumps in. Awesome fish though!



I have a challenge for you if you want to take me up on it. From now to the rest of the summer you have to fish in that pool above keokuk, hawknation. The next time you catch a blue out of that pool, from keokup upriver to Burlington, get it verified by D.N.R. and I will give you $100. If you fail by Oct 1, then you have to give me $10 (just to keep it an honest bet). If you contact anyone to get a fish verified in that time and it is a male channel cat, then you owe me $1,000.00. Sounds like an easy $100 for you. I would love to lose, I've got an extra bill.


 
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 July 21 2017 02:32PM  


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Nonexistent - not quite. But they are obviously caught much less frequently. I have caught quite a few in Lee County out of the Mississippi, even a few out of the Skunk close to where it dumps in. Awesome fish though!



I have a challenge for you if you want to take me up on it. From now to the rest of the summer you have to fish in that pool above keokuk, hawknation. The next time you catch a blue out of that pool, from keokup upriver to Burlington, get it verified by D.N.R. and I will give you $100. If you fail by Oct 1, then you have to give me $10 (just to keep it an honest bet). If you contact anyone to get a fish verified in that time and it is a male channel cat, then you owe me $1,000.00. Sounds like an easy $100 for you. I would love to lose, I've got an extra bill.




I would love to take you up on that offer, however I moved to the Des Moines area in 2015 and don't get to fish back home much. I miss the fishing back home, up here just does not compare. Last summer I visited some friends and on my one and only day on the river I caught a blue (along with about 2 dozen channel cats). I plan to go back down sometime this August. I'm not much of a gambling man, but if I do catch another I will be sure to post it for you all to see I'm not full of s*** haha.


 
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 July 21 2017 05:53PM  
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I know what you mean oldstylelght. After spawn those channels can get as Blue as can be. But I'm not a betting man.


 
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 July 22 2017 10:23PM  
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You know, I throw this bet out to anyone fishing above Keokuk this entire year. I wanna give someone $100. Or collect mine. Just add your name to the list right here....


 
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 July 23 2017 01:30PM  
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They are in pool 20 in good numbers. No reason to think they are not in 19. If I fished it anymore I'd take the bet just for giggles. When we ran lines at Montrose we would get one every now and then. Channels are more prevalent in pool 19, but in 20 I'd speculate there are just as many blues as flats based on tourney results.


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 July 23 2017 09:05PM  
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They are in pool 20 in good numbers. No reason to think they are not in 19. If I fished it anymore I'd take the bet just for giggles. When we ran lines at Montrose we would get one every now and then. Channels are more prevalent in pool 19, but in 20 I'd speculate there are just as many blues as flats based on tourney results.



I really don't think so. I will go even farther and offer $100 to even a commercial fisherman above Keokuk that catches a documented blue this summer. I am a man of my words.... someone take my money. It would be really cool to see.


 
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 July 24 2017 01:29PM  
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They are in pool 20 in good numbers. No reason to think they are not in 19. If I fished it anymore I'd take the bet just for giggles. When we ran lines at Montrose we would get one every now and then. Channels are more prevalent in pool 19, but in 20 I'd speculate there are just as many blues as flats based on tourney results.



I really don't think so. I will go even farther and offer $100 to even a commercial fisherman above Keokuk that catches a documented blue this summer. I am a man of my words.... someone take my money. It would be really cool to see.



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 July 24 2017 01:41PM  
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I was skeptical until I saw picture but my friend caught a blue in the Miss by Fort Madison area. I thought he was identifying it wrong but it definitely was a blue. Caught a few weeks ago wasn't big maybe 6-7lbs but they are in there


 
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 July 24 2017 01:54PM  
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Speak up if you are in. Just remember you owe me $1,000 if your fish is mis-identified as a male channel. Gotta be honest. I am.


 
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 July 24 2017 05:12PM  
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I got no horse in this race, but to those of you interested, below is a link on how to tell the difference between a blue and channel cat, and color is not conclusive. You need a steady hand and probably a magnifying glass to count the rays in the bottom fin.

https://www.google.com/search?q=blue+catfish+identification&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS752US752&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjNlfnR96LVAhXmwFQKHVkoB9cQsAQIZg&biw=1280&bih=894


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 July 24 2017 08:42PM  
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I got no horse in this race, but to those of you interested, below is a link on how to tell the difference between a blue and channel cat, and color is not conclusive. You need a steady hand and probably a magnifying glass to count the rays in the bottom fin.

https://www.google.com/search?q=blue+catfish+identification&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS752US752&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjNlfnR96LVAhXmwFQKHVkoB9cQsAQIZg&biw=1280&bih=894



And the overall shape does provide a clue. Squared off or not. Have fun and catch a biggun..

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 July 24 2017 08:55PM  
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I think if da fish can swim he can go bout anywhere he wants in der waters.


 
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