Catfish - Can they be caught consistantly thru the ice?

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by Dnedster, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Dnedster

    Dnedster New Member

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    I have seen cats caught through the ice but my ? is can they be caught consistantly ? The ice is on here in WI and I have a lake that has a ton of cats in it 12-22" they would be yummy from the cold water. Any info is apreciated. thakx NED
     
  2. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    If they is biteing , I dont see why not they cant be caught consistantly!
     

  3. Ravensmavsfan

    Ravensmavsfan New Member

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    I use mostly dead (fresh) bait during the winter. Unless you live far up north i would wait for the air temp to get to at least into the 40's.
     
  4. Chuckb

    Chuckb New Member

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    Yes channel cats can be caught through the ice just as easily as bluegill. Use smaller baits than you would at other times of the year and you have to find them they don't roam much in the winter.
     
  5. Ohio_River_Rat

    Ohio_River_Rat New Member

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    what are some bait that would work?
     
  6. Gone fishin 4 kittys

    Gone fishin 4 kittys New Member

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    Dnedster,


    What kind of bait were you using. I think I might try to catch some cats thru the ice over the Christmas Break.


    Do you guys use tip ups?

    What kinds techniques do you guys use?


    :0a31:

    Thanks!!
     
  7. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    Why would you wait for the air temp to get into the 40's? Last I checked fish don't care what the air temp is. That and the water there in will never be below 32 degrees. Sense that's what temp water freezes at.
     
  8. Chuckb

    Chuckb New Member

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    I think you will have the best luck on small pieces of cut up minnows. I have caught them on mealworms also. I never was into using tipups, just a small icefishing setup with 2-4# test line and a tiny ice jig fished from a few inches to a couple feet off bottom.
     
  9. Gone fishin 4 kittys

    Gone fishin 4 kittys New Member

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    I was thinking about using some kinda minnows. I was wondering what would happen if I let a shiner go into the cold water. The Cats might not be that active enough to care about a shiner. Especially the channel I'm gonna target.
     
  10. ASASIN

    ASASIN New Member

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    Haven't ever tried it, but chumming just may work wonders for you. Just a thought. God bless.
     
  11. Ravensmavsfan

    Ravensmavsfan New Member

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    I use fresh chicken livers and cutbait during the winter.