Cold Weather Catfishing

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by tnkatman, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    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 ?
     
  2. THE FISH WHISPER'ER

    THE FISH WHISPER'ER New Member

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    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?
     

  3. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    :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.
     
  4. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    The fish sould be biteing this time of year, since the water done cool off.
     
  5. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    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...
     
  6. Mr Phatkat

    Mr Phatkat New Member

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    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.
     
  7. Bank Catter

    Bank Catter New Member

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    Mr. Phatkat:

    Is it better in the day or night?

    Thanks!
     
  8. THE FISH WHISPER'ER

    THE FISH WHISPER'ER New Member

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    i don't know i usily go in the day cause its warmer for me maybey the fish think so to?
     
  9. jim

    jim New Member

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    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
     
  10. katfishy25

    katfishy25 New Member

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    Morning!!!!!! :D
     
  11. katfishy25

    katfishy25 New Member

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    Night!!!!!!!! :)
     
  12. on_the_fly

    on_the_fly New Member

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    i only cat during the day time. from my resurch cats feed more during daylight hours verses night.the first few hours of daylight seem to be the best for me an all others i know even the few pay lake buddies.i live here on rough river lake in ky. its a flood control lake so we have winter an summer pool. i only cat fish it in winter pool. the spot i like to fish is 6 to 8 feet an about 100 yards from 20 foot water. these cats are coming up shallow for shad crappies an blue gills that stay in the rocks an there is also a run off. so every time it rains this is the spot where fresh warmer water runs in, witch will keep the bait fish there. just my 2 cents take it for what its worth to ya for different things work for different people.
     
  13. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

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    I have to agree with the shallow water statement for channels! I have read over and over that the channels go deep in the winter, but consistantly I have caught channels in 4 feet of water and 5 to 20 feet from shore in oct and nov. In fact that is where I catch them in the summer too!
     
  14. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    Dude where you been? Its been a while. Welcome back.
     
  15. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

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    :) Thanks Bluehunter!
     
  16. capt.kirk

    capt.kirk Guest

    I know what your probably going to think about this,since i live in florida,
    but we to have some cool to cold times,the water has cooled off quite a
    bit,and this past tuesday STUMP BUMPER,HUSHPUPPY and myself along
    with my fishing partner {wife} went to TURKEY CREEK LAKE in edward madard
    park.we had 25 mph + winds and it was cold 56degrees,to my body thats
    cold,we still managed to catch and realese 7 pretty nice channel cats while
    bouncing around in the wind.i prefer to catfish at night in the rain if possible,
    there is something about fishing in the rain in my blood,that makes me want
    to do a rain dance. this TURKEY CREEK LAKE IS 770 acres of prime water,
    and is ranked in the top 10 catfish lakes in florida.
    KIRK MATTHEWS
    NEW PORT RICHEY FL.
    kirk@microd.com
     
  17. Ravensmavsfan

    Ravensmavsfan New Member

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    I would wait for 40 degree weather and stay towards dead fresh baits. Also i fish during the day to the early night.
     
  18. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    if you get a warm rain for a couple days them channels will be feedin in the flooded areas just like summer. after a couple cold days the water temp will be back to where it was before. doesnt take long to cool back off. otherwise find the deepest water you can, and watch the baromater, if its falling or above 30.15 forget it. it afects them all year but especially this time of year