If you spend much time fishing for Catfish you probably know about the spawn. Catching catfish during the spawn can be very difficult at times. For that reason I don’t even fish for Catfish during the spawn but one is the best times to catch Flathead Catfish is right after the spawn. Everyone knows fresh live bait is best but right after the spawn they can easily be caught on cut bait as well. During this trip we used live bait as always but every fish we caught was on cut bait. To add to that it wasn’t even fresh cut bait. This was one year old freezer burnt fish. In my experience you only have a couple of weeks after the spawn to catch a lot of Flatheads on cut bait. After that live bait is more effective until the fall bite kicks in when Flatheads start feeding up for winter.