When is the best time of year to catch channel catfish and blue catfish?
I am really getting into catfishing on the weekends. The catfish at the lake I have been fishing are finishing up spawning. Is the best time to catch cats before or after the spawning season? Also, How good is catfishing during the winter? Thanks for your help,
My best fishing is in feb, march, sept, oct and nov. I seem to have better luck when its cold for bigger fish, IMO. It really depends on where you fish when the best times of year are they are a little different everywhere.
The all time best time to fish for channels and blues is when you can get away from the honey do list and get on the water, summer, fall, winter or spring. Now, catching, that may be a different story, though July is usually my best month for channels.
Last year was my first year seriously catfishing, and I had the best luck in late summer through fall, till it got too cold and made my knees and back hurt too much to go hiking out there to where I normally caught my most/best fish. Likely that this year when it gets coldagain I'll look into some warmer clothes and see if I can't make it work somehow, but I don't know how the catfishing will be where I'm moving to. I may end up becoming a trout fisherman more than a cat fisherman up there.
For me last year, I had a productive late July all the way into November. My last outing for last year was the weekend just prior to Thanksgiving, in which I landed nothing. For whatever reason, my start this year was the same last year.....sluggish first half of the year, then it turned on the second half. For some it's just the opposite. Hope this helps.