Cold weather catfishing.

Discussion in 'LOCAL OHIO TALK' started by KatfishKyle, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. KatfishKyle

    KatfishKyle New Member

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    Just wondered who all fishes for cats all year and how is the fishing in really cold weather? I usually channel cat fish until the mid-end of Sept. But some have told me the flatheads bite pretty hard in the Oct/nov. months. I have never really targeted flats but am going to start. So any advice for cold weather catfishing will be very helpful. (Channels and Flatties)... BTW, I am a bank fisherman. Thanks, KatfishKyle.
     
  2. BassMassey

    BassMassey Well-Known Member

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    flatheads should be getting ready for their fall bite next month up there in ohio. I usually plan my vacation up to the muskingum around september and do pretty good. Looks like I'm not gonna make it this year. I guess I will shoot for spring and hope the rivers aren't flooded.......
     

  3. catchaser19

    catchaser19 New Member

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    up here in utah we have no flatties so i cant really comment on that but i hear that people way up in michigan are takin em in january. I myself had caught a few channels through the ice. usin a chunk of sucker on a jig head. hope this helped:cool2:
     
  4. slinky

    slinky New Member

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    i fish year round in ohio. the electric plants on the ohio river r a really good place in jan and feb. You can catch 100 in 5 hrs down there
     
  5. tbull

    tbull New Member

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    Winter is my favorite time to fish, but if your strictly a flathead guy dont bother. I flat out slay blues and channels all winter long, I probably caught more fish last winter than the previos 2 summers combined, that is just me though, I know some guys dont want anything to do with it. I know you can catch flatheads in the winter, but its close to impossible, we caught a couple small ones but thats it. Maybe Rollo or some other flathead guys can chime in on the flatheads they catch them better than me. But I cant wait for the temps to drop and be out on the river freezing my #$% off for sure...:roll_eyes:
     
  6. prostreetS10

    prostreetS10 New Member

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    Im with travis on this one winter has gave me the best catfishing i have ever done. dont get many flats but the blues and channels are on fire when it get real cold.
     
  7. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    Kyle I wrote a couple of threads last year pertaining to fall time flatheads, and wintering flats. I fish pretty much all year, but often take time away from the cats when the weather and river conditions make it impossible here. As the fall comes, and winter there will be some new threads I hope from me talking about the late seasonal movements. I usually do well in the cooler water, I hope this year is the same. rollo
     
  8. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    Heres one from the library I wrote..

    Fall time flathead catfish
    As the leaves turn and start falling, we all start thinking of other things besides fishing. Well, atleast some of us:wink:.lol. Fall can bring some of the best flathead action on the year. As outside temperatures drop, so does the water temperature. Baitfish will move from the shallow riffles to deeper water, with this, the flatheads will soon follow them. the first step to understanding the transition period... is understanding water temperatures. and movements. This is the main key!!! Unlike spring when we all wait for the water temps to break the mid 60's to get to 70-75 degree range, which has been proven for hot flathead action! We hear nothing much about action being good when it is still in the 50's to 60's sometimes in the fall..why is that? humnnn....?? Maybe they are semi-dormant due to cold water conditions after all winter!!! Takes them awhile to get going! In the fall they are slower to quit there summer habits! The second step is understanding areas well... I know I have talked scouting, scouting, scouting, seeing your water 12 months a year! This is where this comes back in!!!! Those who know their areas this well, and numerous stretches of river, probably have the upper hand when catching now! Especially late in the year. Not all deep holes are good wintering holes, which these flatheads look to find for the cool water months... I have fished many different holes late in the year. I believe well- defined deep holes for a section of river are good. Holding flats during the winter, and you can catch a few in them, but the holes I'm talking about are truely wintering holes!!! They hold numbers of flatheads. Some of these holes many not even be the deepest, baddest of them, but have certain characteristics that make them better. I could go into more detail, but why would i want to make it easy for you? lol Maybe you will just try, and freeze your butt off like I have!!:big_smile: Anyways, once you find these spots guard them like no other. I will say you can put a hurting on your area if you find them in wintering spots. If you hit it right it is not uncommon to catch large numbers of fish in a days time or night! The third and final step I would like to give is bait selection, if bait selection has ever been so important it is now!. I'm a true believer that if it is indigenous to the area, lively, size sometimes matters maybe.. lol.. but, gill, goldfish, chubs. etc. doesn't have much influence on whether they will eat it or not! I have caught 20-30 lb fish on small and big baits of a variety of species! However, as the water temps. change, so do their metabolisms.. I have found smaller baits work better, and even cuts! My preference when they start hole'in up is... creek chubs!! Just my opinion though!:wink: So, remember....don't quit cause you think they are done for the year, you have to go to catch 'em ! Figure out how they migrate and act in different water temps. Big difference between summer spots to the wintering spots sometimes!! Scout and fish many different areas and holes especially later in the year and try them slender baits late in the season... I could give more, but what fun would that be for you? After all, the most satisfying things in life are those that are discovered by ourselves!! goodluck.....rollo
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  9. hunted

    hunted New Member

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    fall is a great time of year for flats,as they will be fattening up for winter.
    and you can usually get ahold of them pretty easily in the day.i haven't personally fished for cats in the winter,i know in-fisherman did a show catching flats in the winter,but almost had to smack them in the nose with the bait.but blues and channels both love cold weather
     
  10. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    Well rollo you just about totally sum it up there! Can't wait for the cool weather an water temp!
     
  11. Ben Noll

    Ben Noll New Member

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    I do most of my catfishing at Dillon Dam near Zanesville,Ohio and will fish for channels clear up into NOv.and do real well.We catch larger fish it seems also.If weather is mild we will start for Crappies early in the day and then on the Channels.I do fish for Flatheads in the Muskingum but usually thru early Oct.By this time of year bowhunting kind of takes over.Good fishing and be safe.BN
     
  12. lebeaux

    lebeaux New Member

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    Flatheads become dormant in winter here in OH. Divers report being able to move them around without disturbing them and they collect silt while in a wintering hole. Not very active and a good wintering hole can be fished out in no time if found ( snagging ). I catch channel cats all year, even through the ice.
     
  13. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    We fish for catfish all year long here in Western Kentucky. In the spring, summer and fall, we fish for flathead catfish, with fall being some of the best action of the year. In the winter, we switch to bluecats and channels and catch them all through the winter. :wink:
     
  14. Catmanblues

    Catmanblues New Member

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    I've caught some pretty large flatheads on a jig while fishing for saugeyes in weather not fit for a bear! The cats seem to still be feeding on a slow moving jig pulled across the bottom of the lake. The time frame I am speaking of is early to middle of febuary. I like to go out when the wind is blowing an the snow is gusting up.