Big blue catfish biting at Powerton

May 20, 2010 at 09:00 PM

Big fish are biting well at Powerton Lake, which produced an unprecedented number of 50-pound blue catfish in the past week.

Dewey Banks started the run last Tuesday with a 55-pounder caught on Asian carp. Next came Kurt Mooore of Pekin with a 47.5-pounder on Saturday. On Wednesday Ernie Lang of Galva boated a 50-pounder while fishing dipbait.

“That was a beautiful fish. I’ve never seen a 50 come out of there before and now I’ve seen four of them right around 50 this year,” said Jason Grider of Riverside Bait and Tackle in Pekin. Grider says fish have been caught all over the lake, which saw its first blue cat stocking in the fall of 1999.

“They really love Asian carp, it seems like that’s what they are eating,” Grider said.

While blue cats are surging, Grider weighed only three large flatheads from Powerton this spring — well below normal.