cat fish throughthe ice

Discussion in 'LOCAL INDIANA TALK' started by butch fulk, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. butch fulk

    butch fulk New Member

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    sence the no talks on the mich site going come down here . how do you do cat fish when ice fiching and what kinda bait do you ues thanks for any info
     
  2. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    welcome to the boc mi. brother!

    i dont target cats on ice but have poked a few. this one came from a pond early this year on a shiner. if you are going to target them i would suggest starting with ponds to gain confidence. deepest water in the pond is what i understand is a good starting location. maybe dr pepper can give you some cold water channel info. dont know about the ice part but its still very cold down there in his ponds.



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  3. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    WOW TIM you mean catfish bite in the winter!!! :smile2::smile2: some guys will never buy it:wink: i bet that was a surprise!!
     
  4. rairdog

    rairdog New Member

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    I have caught them while deadsticking for gills on bee moth. They are usually in slight depressions on flats. They also seems to hang out together as I've caught 2 or so from the same hole and then nothing in the perimeter holes. I figure you about have to drop it in front of their nose as the aren't moving much.
     
  5. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    :smile2:Funny this thread popped up today! I was just out chippin' ice for the last couple hours, I WAS trying for flatheads with no luck at all... even though I know right exactly where they're at, I used only two baits, and fish right over top of them with a minnow tipped jig head and with a worm. I did catch 1 channel and 1 little blue like that (minnow), and about a dozen crappies before I got bored and cold.
    I'm still playing around with the wintering flathead thing a bit here at my pond before I head out to a couple pre selected hole at the river here. Though I've got my doubts about wintering flatheads right now, I promised myself I'd give it some serious effort this winter.
    Channels shouldnt be too much a challenge... especially in a small lake or big pond. Like Tim said, find the deepest spot. I've never drilled holes to fish for anything though.
     
  6. tackleholic

    tackleholic New Member

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    Wait until after Christmas & go to MN. They use icehouses for fishing &
    drive their cars across the Lake!:wink:
     
  7. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    lol, um - no thanks!
     
  8. kyleco55

    kyleco55 Well-Known Member

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    oh come on wheres your sence of adventure?? you posted all the information about hypothermia, you should be in the clear now!
     
  9. tackleholic

    tackleholic New Member

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    I can't help about bait for catfish in winter let alone icefish, but someone told me near Duluth MN that they make icehouses approximently 8'x8'sq. A 2'x4' frame is my guess to help against the wind. They use portable heaters to keep warm while wearing t-shirts. They also claim that the ice is so thick that they drive their cars across the lake at a certain time of the year of course.:crazy:
     
  10. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    we have drove on the ice up here in the past David. bring that lil truck up here and go for a spin(pun untended)lol
     
  11. tackleholic

    tackleholic New Member

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    If I remember right in 1977 or 1978, the Ohio River froze up & people were walking on the River. The only trouble was that KY had to pass a law making it illegal to walk on the ice/water because people were falling in since the ice was too thin. I think that the parking lot at the local Walmart is a whole lot safer!:big_smile:
     
  12. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    No idea!! very interesting read however, thanks for posting