I am new back at this site and happy to be here. I have fished the kankakee on and off for the past 10 years. Almost always just fishing the shorlines and boat docks for smallies. Nothing serious, just wanted to relax and catch some bass every once in while.
But things have changed recently. I injured my leg not to long ago, So i've got alot of free time on my hands recently, and want to use it to try and catch some decent flatheads or any other decent catfish. I've been researching on the internet alot about them, and have picked up the line, leaders, hooks, swivels and sinkers i need for a carolina rig. That would be for the size of fish in the area I'm fishing.
My uncle lives off of cottage road in wilmington on the river across from to big islands there, sort of just east of the powerlines. Last saturday night. I went to his dock and caught 6-7 sunfish and used them for bait. I know a big tree is under water there near his dock in about 7 feet deep of water. I let the sunfish sit right on top of that tree and caught a 5lb. channel cat. Two hours later a really small flathead about 2-3lbs. It could not even fit the sunfish in it's mouth, and that was it for the evening because my unle was blasting techno music all night.
That's all I know about catching catfish specifically flatheads on the river there. One 2-3 pounder.
Does anyone fish in that area for catfish specifically around the islands or in the main channel where it gets to like 10'- 12' deep. Just wondering if fishing off the dock is a good spot or if there are better spots deeper or around the islands.
and Have a Cool Day!