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      Catfish

      Headed to the tailrace this weekend. Looking to target some cats, wondering if anyone knows a good spot to try with this high water? We’ll be staying at the Downstream campground so anywhere near there would be best. Also be fishing from shore no boat.

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      Right off the wall of the lower tailrace parking lot by the launch. It's called the honey hole. A piece of night crawler on an 8 inch snell on the bottom with a 1/2 oz or larger no roll sinker will catch you more catfish than you can eat. It is RARE to catch a catfish over 4 lbs down there, so don't expect much for size. You should also have a fair shot at some walleyes as well as carp, suckers, sheephead, and other various fish to include the odd trout. Good luck and have fun.

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      Question? Are catfish hard to clean or is it the same way you clean Walleye?

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      Similar to walleye, but stay above the rib cage and gut cavity. No bones, just fillet off the skin and trim off all the dark meat.

      The best bait is a half smelt on a circle hook with a flat or pyramid weight a foot or two above it.

      Fish off the blocks at the boat ramp, around the wingwalls, or off shore down stream in any slower or slack water.

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      How is the current right by the boat ramp area?

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      It's moving, you'll need weights designed for current.

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      Wingwalls are best for cats, but you'll need to make or buy a pier net/basket.

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      Can a guy shore fish the spillway or do they have it blocked off. That place was insane with cats the last time they ran it.

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      Dean, you can drive into the day use area by the spillway. I see people shore fishing there all the time even with the gates open.

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      was 30+ boats in it sunday morning

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      Went to Medora on Saturday morning. I bet there was 40 to 50 in there at 8:30 am.

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