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Fish: Freshwater Drum

Drum fishing

Post By: Ch00Chee      Posted: 5/21/2015 7:15:05 AM     Points: 62    
Anyone know where to catch some freshwater drums? Also what technique works the best for them?
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 5/21/2015 8:54:31 AM     Points: 184621    
Check the species page.

They will take conventional baits, such as you use for wiper/carp/catfish. They also will take jigs/lures/flies presented much like you'd fish for bass.

They are not plentiful close to the metro areas, but exist in most NE waters (along the Platte), and those waters down around John Martin. John Martin probably has the strongest population at this time.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 5/21/2015 8:55:11 AM     Points: 1813    
I believe the top bait for these is crayfish tails - their main food source. Was thinking about going to Prewitt Res to try for some in June.
 Reply by: 007      Posted: 5/21/2015 9:38:38 AM     Points: 68    
John Martin, pearl single tail grubs on 1/8th oz jighead, steep drops into 30 ft.
 Reply by: kottob      Posted: 5/21/2015 9:47:08 AM     Points: 288    
JM with worms on the bottom. Last summer we killed the carp and the drums out there
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 5/21/2015 9:55:07 AM     Points: 1813    
What does this fish taste like, just wondering. I've caught some before in Swanson Res in NE (unintentionally on bottom bouncers), but I threw them back, not knowing if they are any good. Didn't want to harvest and not eat.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 5/21/2015 10:26:21 AM     Points: 184621    
They eat well. Not as tasty as walleye, perch, or sunfish. As good or better than most catfish. And beat trout, hands down, any time.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/21/2015 10:46:47 AM     Points: 28184    
I was waiting for this--So you can't beat a drum?
 Reply by: ColoradoOutdoorsman      Posted: 5/21/2015 10:59:35 AM     Points: 1931    
I've caught drum in Minnesota on anything and everything. Everything from wax worms below a slip bobber, to spoons tipped with a minnow when I'm fishing walleyes and even on big 8-10 inch rapalas trolling for pike and muskie. In Minnesota they hit everything but never really tried for them here because they're scarce. You don't even have to try in Minnesota for them they just end up on the end of your line time after time. It's a really overlooked fish in my opinion wish they had more in Colorado. Wish we had Bowfins too but that's never gonna happen lol
 Reply by: culinarypunk      Posted: 5/21/2015 11:57:48 AM     Points: 84456    
 Reply by: tub      Posted: 5/21/2015 2:19:18 PM     Points: 105    
really choochee?? smdh