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Hey- So I was able to take my jon boat out with a friend last night to Burke Lake for some cat fishing. After a quick stop at the local Safeway for some chicken livers, hot dogs, water, and snacks we made our way to the boat launch. After dropping in around 10:00-10:30 we started heading towards our normal shore fishing waters. As we approached we could see other fishermen in the surrounding area. So we decided to explore other spots on the lake & see what happens. We set anchor at our first location for about 1.5 hours. we where roughly in 14-16 feet of water. Our usual set-up consist of two poles each one in deeper water like 15-25 feet and the other two towards the shallower water. With-in 45 minutes my buddy lands the first fish of the night an nice 2lb channel cat from the shallower water off a hot dog. Roughly 30 minutes later my line towards the shallows starts to see some action and I landed an nice 4-5lb channel cat on some chicken livers (photo below). Despite the fact that we both have caught nice fish we decided to move into a cove we eyed up in the past. It defiantly paid off. Twenty minutes after setting anchor in about 10-14 feet of water my buddy and I both land a 1.5-2 lb cat fish one off hot dogs the other off chicken liver. He goes on to catch two cats 1-2lbs while I hook up with another nice 5-6lb catfish off a chicken liver towards the end of the night.
My fish large one
Lager Catfish of the night
All fish where returned to the water FYI!!!
Last edited by SteveSquared (Jul-24-11 6:11PM)
You guys are hard core...well done!
Very fun. I used to catfish at night when I was younger. Now days, I am hard pressed to stay up til 10
l tend to drag the C-rig at night out there..l have never cat fished there.. The rez is where the bruisers are.
@ Jumping Jasper- It was perfect after these past hot summer days.
@ Flippin4it- C-rig? do you mind going more in depth on this? I am unfamiliar with this terminology... Cat fishing out there has defiantly been more lucrative than the bass fishing at Burke for me... :-( i havent fished directly on top of the rez area yet, but ive been with in a two hundred yards or so... I would like to catch more bass, wallie and musky out of burke but I believe my numbers have been limited due to the amount of fishing that takes place.
@pacemaker- Thanks man glad to see you made it out a few days this weekend!
Steve, Rob is referring to a Carolina Rig. He's talking about bass fishing.
I also echo his comment about Occoquan Reservoir, there are some monster cats in there.
right on guys... when i bass fish at burke i usually throw a spinner or jerk bait.. ill have to give it a shot next time i am out there!
Where is there a launch for the occoquan reservoir? i know about the one off 123 right before you cross the bridge.. if thats it i usually dont fish there at night since they close the park at dark... if you know of another location feel free to pass on the information.
right on. ive driven back there but its was getting close to dark so we didnt want to launch then be forced to leave within and hour. im going to have to check it out soon though! got any good holes youd like to share lol