Do blue catfish bite year round?

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by 18lbflathead, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. 18lbflathead

    18lbflathead New Member

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    Do blue catfish bite all year round?thank you for your post.:confused2:
     
  2. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    Blues and Channel Cats both bite year round.:wink:
     

  3. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    thats been my experience
     
  4. Clovis

    Clovis New Member

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    the bite from blues seems to get better as the water temps drop. Or atleast that is what I have gathered.
     
  5. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Oh yes!
    They will bite year round and especially in the winter...W
     
  6. frymire

    frymire New Member

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    blues especially bite better in the winter.. most guides i have fish with, don't get serious till it gets cold.. nov. dec. jan. febr. ist the best for
    for trophy blues.. channels slow down in cold weather, but they do bite..

    my biggest blues come in the winter.. hint hint use fresh cut shad, don't put it on ice, put it in a baggie then on ice, if u have to.. the bait doesn't have to be a big piece.. alot of guides fillet shad and use small pieces.

    set the hook, blues don't pick up bait with their hands....
     
  7. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    In a word Yes. channels also
     
  8. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    Agree with what was said. Blues bite year round especially in the winter months. Majority of my big blues came during the winter.
     
  9. superman

    superman New Member

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    blues bite year round well exept for today spent 8 or 9 hours on the water with only a handfull of bites ( no fish ) my biggest blues are usually caught in late nov. early dec.
     
  10. tomnt369

    tomnt369 New Member

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    They pretty much bite year round. We've always been able to get fish out of the river, but the temps don't change extremely down here as in other parts of the country.

    The winters have been really mild the past few years which has helped the catch.
     
  11. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    If blues are biteing this time of year, I think I will try for some.
     
  12. Lngbo

    Lngbo New Member

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    The way I look at it is that fish eat every day, we just have to figure out what they are hungry for on the colder days. You get on the river in one of those holes that are 20 or 30 feet deep, it is cold down there all the time.
     
  13. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    I have caught alot of catfish in the winter They stack up better than summer :lol:
     
  14. Coyote1

    Coyote1 New Member

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    Dear New Brother Ricky;
    Yep! They sure do!! You may have to fish a bit deeper/slower for them but some of the best Blue fishing is in the winter months, especially if you have a boat!
    I am a "creature" of heat and light myself. My Raven likes the colder weather herself but that is her Scottish Bard genes working.
    But, I have a Good Friend in the western half of Tennessee that has invited us to go fishing for "Big" Blues in Jan/Feb of 2007 and since he has a boat I am going to dress WARMLY, and the wife; Raven and I are going to make a weekend of it! :smile2:
    I can honestly tell you that I would NOT go if I did not believe that I had better than 50/50 odds of catching a BIG one!!
    One of our other Brothers; Deerhunter, also has some cold weather experience out on the Ohio River and I'm sure if you ask he will gladly share his hints and experience with you.:wink:
    Hopes this helps.
    Fraternally Yours,
    Coyote1
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  15. FishBrew

    FishBrew New Member

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    In Texas, if could only fish for blues six months out of the year, it would be Nov. - April. Once you locate them (on a good blues lake/river), running out of bait is not exactly rare. Blues feed year around in these parts and as had been said, they tend to stack up in winter. Also the big boys seemed to be caught more often when it is cooler. This past weekend, on the lake I fish, conditions were bascially perfect, cool morning (low 40's - high 30's), 10 - 15 mph wind. Three different fishing buddy's caught their personal best (biggest being 55 lbs) plus couple other folks caught two in the 30 - 40 lbs class. Eaters were caught by the boat loads. A bank fisherman caught 28 keepers between daylight and noon.
     
  16. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    They feed everyday of the year. But you do have to find them. And fish where they are at to get a bite.
    Good luck.
    Pete
     
  17. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    The bluecat is different from other catfish in that he stores little fat in his body. The blue must eat year around to survive, and he will eat just about anything that swims. The only hard and fast rule concerning what the bluecat will eat is that it must fit in his mouth.
     
  18. bhunt

    bhunt New Member

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    winter time fishing means big blue cats.
     
  19. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat New Member

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    Oh ya I can't wait, it is getting colder and the fishin is already gettin better.
     
  20. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    Blues bite year round just find them and present them some bait. Biggers ones seem to get caught when it really starts gettting cold.