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Freshwater Drum
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Science Name: Aplodinotus grunniens
Other Names: Drum fish, gaspergou, gou, sheepshead
Techniques: light tackle

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Edddieo | Posted: March 12, 2017

Looking to catch drum where can I try I live in oneonta

John  | Posted: June 17, 2014

Drum or Sheephead (called around here) are a fun fish to sport for in the northeast and are popular in the Albany,Ny area. I landed a 33" 22 pound drum in the Hudson River on a local favorite craw dad or crayfish. Sheephead are a lot of fun

kyotphil | Posted: September 23, 2013

I have recently become a "drum" fishing fan. I moved from AZ. to North Dakota, and live practically on the shore of Lake Oahe/Missouri river. I have fairly light tackle more for trout purpose, six pound test on both my reels. My afternoon out, just south of FT. Yates, very windy, sunny, fished with 1/8th oz. slip weight and #8 hook and nightcrawlers. In about ten minutes I had on a hard running channel cat. I keep real light drag so they can take it away and really get hooked. I kept the tension on him just enough, wore him out and brought in a nice 20"er. Next one same thing, only 14", then I hooked another 21". Great! Then I tried for one more, and had a whopper on, turned out to be a two foot Carp, my first ever! I turned him loose, not spurning, I believe in trying to eat all catch, but I knew I would'nt be able to carry them all back to car. I know this is a Drum story... So couple days later I get out fishing, this time a couple miles up river spot, close to sun down, after day of rains. Same rig & bait. Fist fish is a 14" channel cat, next fish is real good fighter, especially closer to shore, and I see its very silver, thought "hooray" its a walleye...well I get it in and I'm like "what the Heck it this?" Looks more like an ocean or bay fish I'd catch off San Diego. I put out again in same spot, and few minutes I bring in another. They were 13 inchers but real heavy, couple LBs. I decided they was a "white perch" and sure enough thats one of the common names, but with research on ND F&G site ID'ed as Drum. Since I have caught a couple more, But as yet not eaten any. Some say its excellent, some oily, fishy, ect. I eat fishy fish and sweet, including sardines on a cracker, anchovies on pizza, so I'm looking forward to trying my catch. Finally good fishing, can't wait to hook into a walleye and pike.

fisher E | Posted: June 23, 2011

One day me my dad and my brother were perch fishing off a pier near lorian it was cloudly and raining and earlier when we got our bait the bait shop had given us a gizzard shad with our shinners so I waz like what the heck and rigged it up for on the bottom.after about 2 minutes my pole almost broke in half from a huge fish we thought it was i big pike til we seen a enormouse freshwater drum come splashing up when it came to the surface my dad grabe the line to pull it up which snapped th line :( that fish was the biggest fish I ever seen or caught ecept for a dead carp that was like four foot.the drum was about three feet and about 25 ppound .

Jay | Posted: June 7, 2011

Over the Memorial Day weekend I threw a jointed lure in the Allegheny River just below the Kinzua Dam around 10:20pm while fishing for walleye. I had caught a few walleye upstream but decided to cast off a cement ledge just to the right of the boat launch before I left.

Suddenly I had what felt like a very large fish on the end of my line. My friend thought it was going to be a giant walleye, but when I reeled it in I had no clue what it was, and, being a new fisherman, that's to be expected, but my friend was just as perplexed. A man fishing near by saw the big fish come in and came over to help. He said it was a drum, a fish I'd never heard of, and that they shouldn't be this far up the Allegheny River.

He said they weren't good eating, and not knowing any regulations, I let it go. It measured 26" and was the biggest fish I've ever caught up to this point. I had no scale, and can't be sure, but the three of us agreed it was about 15 to 20 pounds.

I'm kicking myself for not taking it now that I know the PA state record is only 19lbs14oz. It may not have broken that, but it had to be very close. And what made the experience even cooler was that I pulled in a 25inch walleye about 10 minutes later on the same lure! As my friend said, I'll probably rarely ever have another fishing day that good. I've only been fishing since this spring and it was so exciting I was shaking from the adrenaline!

melvin | Posted: June 1, 2011

can you fish for the Freshwater Drum in LOUISIANA? Please answer soon.

cody adkins | Posted: April 11, 2009

use the tight line technique dont worry about them breaking your line in a fight they dont fight whatsoever

Billy Bearfoot | Posted: July 30, 2008

I catch all my drum on floating diving 1/8oz crankbaits. I fish mostly over rock flats in water from seven ft. up to six inches. I find that drum are just like saltwater redfish in their feeding habits even tailing just like reds. The only difference is they feed mostly over and around rocks and they are a lot spookier in nature.

the largest I've gotten so far is up to twelve pounds but I have seen twenty pound fish. Some people say that drum don't run but I have found that the smaller ten pounders run like redfish. I know that I'm glad that they are abundent and cooperative where I live. Without them I couldn't have the two hundred pound days that I do. Billy Bearfoot

snag'em pete | Posted: February 24, 2008

my wife and i do alot of saltwater fishing,and we always catch drum on shrimp or fresh water we catch them on worm!that is because they are know to feed on the spaghetti worm at times in saltwater.which is why most fisherman normally do not keep big drum because of the old rumer that drum carry worms.that is not always true about drum and the spaghetti worm is not harmful to humans.this fish is also know to taste fishy so it is best to fillet and prepare it.also never leave them in the water to long;gut them out and put them on ice.

[email protected] | Posted: July 30, 2007

I always catch them when i am fishing for other kinds of fish. its usually from 12 to 20 feet of water with a gravel bottom where i catch them. use a large leech or maybe 2 on a jig to catch them.

Fish Happy | Posted: June 23, 2007

I live in Michigan and fish on the Saginaw Bay where Walleye is king. While tasty, I have had much more fun and satisfaction from the "garbage" fish known as the sheepshead (freshwater drum). Today I caught a 29", 15 pounder that was much bigger and fought better than any walleye. We used basic walleye tackle: Night Crawlers, crawler rigs, and inline 1 lb weights to troll along the bottom. We also were using planer boards, but I beleive that this was a choice not a necessity. Good luck!

dillon chapin | Posted: June 4, 2007

i have been fishing for many year ,and i fish in a little farm pond rite down my house and i catch 30 pound drums all on one bait and thats crawdads

Greene Farmer | Posted: May 30, 2007

Cray fish in the Ky river Nothing works better.

Angler | Posted: September 20, 2006

Be aware that drum has sharp scales which can cut your fingers. I learned this the hard way;) I have caught a few fishing on the bottom with a worm. If there is a current, fish right behind some rock where the water is calmer.

Rob Davis | Posted: July 15, 2006

Live shad on a bottom rig. Works best in early morning or late evening when fish are feeding.

dennis | Posted: October 9, 2005

cray fish worms spinners pube jigs

Paul Heinl | Posted: June 15, 2002

My name is Paul Heinl, I live in Alabama. I enjoy sport fishing as much as anyone. My favorite fish to catch are the black bass, stripped bass and catfish. Living in northern Alabama I regularly travel to the T.V.A. Guntersville dam to fish. Stripped bass, black bass and catfish are caught there year round. But, one of the most widely caught, not talked about fish, is the drum. I have heard alot of people there complain about catching these fish. I have heard people say that they aren't good for anything, but I say that isn't true. It is true that the fish doesn't "run" like other sport fish, but it is guaranteed that this fish will put your reel and rod to the test. I have regularly caught drums in excess of thirty pounds. If you're like me, there's nothing like landing a huge fish! Granted, they don't "run" when hooked, but they do put up a great fight. I haven't tried the fish for food as of yet, but I have read several receipes for them on the net. On a recent trip to the Guntersville, a friend and I noticed that we weren't catching anything but drum. At first we were disappointed, but then it occured to us that we were actually having a great time! Alot of the drums we caught were in excess of thirty pounds, and put up a great fight. To catch these fish we have had luck with two types of tackle. The first is live bait, which can be found in good supply, if the turbines are on. The live bait that we use is shad minnows, which will be found along the walls of the dam, when the turbines are on. I suggest 25 pound test line with two 1 ounce egg sinkers and a swivel with a leader and a single hook, number 2 in size usually will do. Just cast into the swift moving water and let the bait settle to the bottom and drift down stream. The trick to catching these fish is to get your bait on the bottom. You can fish for them either from a boat or off of the wall next to the dam. The other bait that we use is a jiggin' spoon. It's just your basic spoon bait with a single treble hook, this bait is used when the turbines are off. To use this bait, you need to be in a boat. The best way to fish this bait is to get up close to the dam and let it sink to the bottom. Once on the bottom, just jerk the bait off the bottom and let it sink back down. You shouldn't have any problem landing a big one in just a few tries. Well that's about it, good luck and happy fishing. [email protected]