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Jerry Hancock's lake Lavon 55lb. blue cat

Jerry Hancock's lake Lavon 55lb. blue cat

If you like fishing for catfish, you should like Lake Lavon.  Blue and Channel cats are caught in numbers year round in the lake.  While flathead catfish may be a little harder to find, they are out there, and they can be caught also.  Bait of choice for fishing blues and channels is fresh shad.  Commercial baits, such as punch baits and stink baits, will also be productive in catching large numbers of catfish.  If you grew up thinking catfish were only found in the deep realms of the lake, like many people did, many times of the year, you’ll be wrong.  Catfish are surprisingly shallow many times of the year, often in water less than 8 feet deep.  As with many species of fish, structure often times is the key to finding catfish.  Look for points, grass, brush or heavily timber areas and more than likely, catfish will be there.  In the winter, good places to look are under trees with roosting birds that make Lavon their winter home.  This means timbered areas around Brockdale Park and off of US 380 around Caddo and Twin Groves Park will be good areas to fish.  Areas around Highland Park and Bratonia are other good areas to try this winter.  If it is a trophy catfish you are after, Winter proves to be the most productive time of the year for large fish to be caught.  Start off in early Winter drifting deeper parts of the lake such as the main lake or deep points with fresh shad or cut bait.  The point North of Little Ridge Park by the abandoned boat ramp lays claim to two Lavon record catfish.  In late Winter, target shallow areas such as areas around Higland Park where another one of Lavon's former record catfish (picture top right) was caught.  With spring bringing slightly warmer temperatures, drift fishing continues to be a popular way to catch large numbers of fish.   Look for points, levees and old creek channels and target those areas for drift fishing and you may be surprised how many fish you’ll catch.  The point off of Brockdale Park , Ticky Creek Park and Little Ridge Park are hot areas for spring time drift fishing.  The old levee (now submerged) that runs from just south of US 380 to just north of Lakeland Park is another area to try drift fishing for catfish.  As June brings hotter temperatures, shallow water catfishing and deeper drift fishing will continue straight through the heat of summer.  As with many times of the year, the more structure the better, and areas around north of Highland Park and north of US 380 prove to be productive areas during the summer season.  As fall approaches, catfish will go back to a pattern similar to spring, so try drifting around points, levees and old creek channels again in search of fish.