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stick500
 July 31 2017 07:14AM  
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It's the winters that are the limiting factor on the blues range. We are at the upper end, but that doesn't stop them from taking a summer vacation trip if they want.


 
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 July 31 2017 11:08AM  
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It's the winters that are the limiting factor on the blues range. We are at the upper end, but that doesn't stop them from taking a summer vacation trip if they want.



They travel quite a ways up the mighty mo as there is nothing to stop them. That is why you hear of huge fish being caught on Iowa's western border of sizes that blues get 20,30, 40 50, 60 plus lbs. Every time that someone on the Mississippi above Keokuk says they catch one, it is a small fish (because I am saying it is a male channel cat. )

The keokuk dam is not your typical roller dam where fish are clear to swim through at any time. The only way that a fish could get upriver from there is by locking up. Possible, sure, probable, no.

Still waiting to write a $100 check to the first person that wants it.


 
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 July 31 2017 12:34PM  


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If I remember correctly from my college days in my fisheries class the only way to tell the difference for sure it to count the rays in the anal fin. I would have to get my book out though to remember the number that a blue cat and channel cat have. But you can't tell by color.


 
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 July 31 2017 04:45PM  
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It's the winters that are the limiting factor on the blues range. We are at the upper end, but that doesn't stop them from taking a summer vacation trip if they want.



They travel quite a ways up the mighty mo as there is nothing to stop them. That is why you hear of huge fish being caught on Iowa's western border of sizes that blues get 20,30, 40 50, 60 plus lbs. Every time that someone on the Mississippi above Keokuk says they catch one, it is a small fish (because I am saying it is a male channel cat. )

The keokuk dam is not your typical roller dam where fish are clear to swim through at any time. The only way that a fish could get upriver from there is by locking up. Possible, sure, probable, no.

Still waiting to write a $100 check to the first person that wants it.



Excactly^^^ I argue this EVERY YEAR around the quad cities that there are NO BLUE CATS up this far..... I just end up quit trying to educate em.... Sure there are Blue colored Channel cats but that's all they are... Male Channel cats usually Post spawn/Dog days of summer... Either way enjoy what your fishing for and I guess ignorance is bliss..... Big Grin


 
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 July 31 2017 08:56PM  
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Still waiting to write a $100 check to the first person that wants it.



When I catch mine over at Muscatine I want cash. Mr. Green


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 July 31 2017 09:45PM  
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FWIW. The S.D. Record was just shy of 100#, and came out of the Big Sioux near Sioux City.


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 August 01 2017 12:59PM  
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Still waiting to write a $100 check to the first person that wants it.



When I catch mine over at Muscatine I want cash. Mr. Green



No problem, but for you in pennies or ones.



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 August 01 2017 01:40PM  
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This was a previous post about blue cats in Keokuk. Has a pic of one as well.

http://www.iowasportsman.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=580121


 
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 August 01 2017 03:04PM  
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Is there any difference between a blue and a channel's meat? I know flatheads are typically a whiter flakier flesh.


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 August 01 2017 03:39PM  
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Is there any difference between a blue and a channel's meat? I know flatheads are typically a whiter flakier flesh.



My buddy goes to Cape Girardeau, Mo. every year fishing for blues and flatheads. He leaves the blues behind for the locals and takes the flatheads. He said they taste like channel cat.


 
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 September 21 2017 08:34PM  
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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.



Let the records show that no one has taken $100 from me yet and they have had 2 months to do it of prime catfish time. The offer continues.


 
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 September 22 2017 03:52PM  
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I have talked to Jeremiah the fisheries biologist @ the Cordova nuke plant. He is one of the Illinois state biologist. We talked to great lengths about this. In the 45+years they have done netting samples they have NEVER seen a blue above Keokuk.


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 September 22 2017 04:21PM  
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Challenge is over. You said the rest of the summer. It turned to fall this afternoon.


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 September 22 2017 04:34PM  
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Challenge is over. You said the rest of the summer. It turned to fall this afternoon.



Dang. So when i catch one thru the ice on the backwaters it won't count??


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 September 22 2017 07:48PM  
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I can't tell him how to spend his money. He might say it's good forever, I don't know.


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