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I fish only for channel cats here in Utah. My time is about done as water temps are about 44 degrees now but 2 weeks ago when they were still 50 we had to change a few things. We had to downsize our hook size and definitely the bait size. We still trolled for them but we had to decrease our spreed from 0.7 down to 0.3 mph. We went from being able to use an assortment of bait to using only fresh cut bait. Those are things that we had to do.
 

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I fished more upstate NY but cut panfish worked best for me in the fall. They seemed to hit the shrimp/crawlers less for me around this time of year. The fresher the better
THat's the info I was looking for. Fresh cut bait is always a staple, but I thought in the colder weather they might change. I guess I can leave the nightcrawlers at home.
 

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I fish only for channel cats here in Utah. My time is about done as water temps are about 44 degrees now but 2 weeks ago when they were still 50 we had to change a few things. We had to downsize our hook size and definitely the bait size. We still trolled for them but we had to decrease our spreed from 0.7 down to 0.3 mph. We went from being able to use an assortment of bait to using only fresh cut bait. Those are things that we had to do.
I'll try it and see if it works. Hopefully I'll get out before November.
 

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Ya never know. Bring some along. I was only targeting the bigger 10-20lb channels. If you're trying to catch fun fish in between or eaters I'd definitely keep a rod or two out with crawlers. Be sure o downsize your cut bait as well with the temps getting lower
THat's the info I was looking for. Fresh cut bait is always a staple, but I thought in the colder weather they might change. I guess I can leave the nightcrawlers at home.
 

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Red worms are a great cold water bait, They milk in the water really good. Plus cut shad is really good too.
 

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Ya never know. Bring some along. I was only targeting the bigger 10-20lb channels. If you're trying to catch fun fish in between or eaters I'd definitely keep a rod or two out with crawlers. Be sure o downsize your cut bait as well with the temps getting lower
What cut bait do you use. There are a ton of small cats 4". Do you use them or blue gill. Also, do you hook them in the tail, dorsal fin, or the mouth. I know there are advantages to each.
 
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