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Lake: Echo Canyon Reservoir
Fish: Channel Catfish

Catfishing

Post By: luckhappens      Posted: 7/8/2013 9:38:01 AM     Points: 378    
Saw some toads cruising during the morning while on the boat so thought we would try our luck. First time ever catfishing, and never thought it would be at Echo... Caught using chicken livers on a treble. Largest was 23" and all were chunks. Nearly every fish had white chunks of fat pulled out when gutting, never seen this before...Made for one great 4th of July dinner.
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 7/8/2013 9:58:49 AM     Points: 3931    
I have never seen white chunks of fat. Probly semen sacs.
 Reply by: Fisherguyd      Posted: 7/8/2013 10:01:39 AM     Points: 37    
Nice cats! I heard there was a fish kill there, obviously it didn't effect the catfishing. Good job!
 Reply by: luckhappens      Posted: 7/8/2013 10:11:55 AM     Points: 378    
Lewdog,

I am admittedly ignorant as to what the white was, especially being my only catfish outing. My observation was based off of the large bellies on all, no eggs present in any, and the knowledge that catfish are difficult to catch during spawn (even more so males)-- which was not the case in this 2hour outing. That aside, the sacs very well could be what is referred to as MILT, I would agree. Looking back the water temps were optimal for such..

In regards to the fish kill, it certainly did not impact the lakes overabundant population of dink lmb and other panfish. However, I did observe this LMB... Sad to see.
 Reply by: Fisherguyd      Posted: 7/8/2013 10:19:47 AM     Points: 37    
Yes, I hate seeing dead bass in a lake, especially when that is where the state record came from
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 7/8/2013 11:40:51 AM     Points: 59148    
The white is just fat. Nice catch Congrats