Cold Weather Catfishing
Now That The Weather Is Getting Colder, My Favorite Summer Fishing Spots Aren't Producing. Can Anyone Give Me Some Tips On Catching Channels In The Late Fall & Winter Such As, Where To Fish,should I Be Fishing In The Deepest Water Now, What Bait Should Use, Should I Go In The Morning, During The Day,or At Night. Will Circle Hooks Work Since The Fish Aren't Hitting As Hard As In Summer ?
dont know where your fish'en but a few of us went out saterday only sent a couple houres the wind was so bad that we had to fish the shallow watter i was suprised when we actuly boated 4 eat'en size channels ,maybey the sun was warming the shallow watter and that brung em up after the bait fish?
- Big Sam
:grin-big: Guy's i been tearing them up down here in arkansas..In the shallow waters 2-3ft max...Using danny kings punch bait..Caught around 60 in 2days..
in the wind the biggest was 18 bs..but most were 3-7lbs.
- Charles Jackson III
The fish sould be biteing this time of year, since the water done cool off.
I usually catch a few channel cats all winter here in Ohio..I find the action to be hit and miss..The best times are during a winter warming trend, get a few days in the winter with sunshine and above normal temps and you should be able to catch a few...I fish in or near deep water..I remember a few years ago in January we had like 3 straight days of sun and 50 degree temps, I found the cats in a shallow water flat, adjacent to deep water..If I fish for winter cats and there is not a warming trend, I concentrate on deep water only, the deepest I can find...
- Royal (Royal_Phatkat)
I'll get a lot of flack for sayin this but Shallow water in the cold season is one of the best kept secrets out there for big cats...Guess i'd better leave it at that.lol.
Is it better in the day or night?
i don't know i usily go in the day cause its warmer for me maybey the fish think so to?
- Jim Helring
Phat,would it be that there are many clam and mussel beds in shallow water and them big ole cats only have to mosey up there and stuff themselves without bothering to chase those pesky"I dont really want to be eaten by you Mr Catfish baitfish"? Also of course the shallow water warms quickly on those warm winter days and since the wind is usually blowing the clam beds are stirred up and lots of free food is floating around loose.LOL
Originally Posted by tnkatman