Catfish migration question...river vs reservoir

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by rcbbracing, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. rcbbracing

    rcbbracing New Member

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    When a river fish lives within close distance to a reservoir and has access, do they move there in the winter since the water should be theoretically deeper? Does anyone have an opinion? When water temps drop and these fish are looking to winter, do they move upstream from the reservoir or downstream to the reservoir or do they just stay put and not rotate between the two?
     
  2. centexcop

    centexcop New Member

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    It is IMO Catfish migrate downriver (toward the lake) in the fall as the water cools to find suitable overwintering habitat, then move back upriver in the spring to feed and spawn. I believe that's why we find them in Deeper holes during periods of cooler weather.

    Now if they find a deep hole in the river, on the way to the lake, they might decide to take camp there.

    If I had of read this last night, I would have tried to talk to the fish while I was out there today.....:eek:oooh: