How cold can it get in arizona before the fish stop

Discussion in 'LOCAL ARIZONA TALK' started by Brett Connery, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Brett Connery

    Brett Connery New Member

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    any one got some idea when the fishes stop bitin here/
     
  2. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Got to smell em out when they are not biting.... AZ doesn't have a temp prob..... just that the bait dies off or schools up somewhere?

    Welcome to the BOC.....
     

  3. gotabig1

    gotabig1 New Member

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    hay brett i have caught flatts all winter i know alot of guys only fish the peak season but thay can be caught all year
     
  4. Brett Connery

    Brett Connery New Member

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    thanks guys im gonna have ta get off my butt.
     
  5. pr1mo5

    pr1mo5 New Member

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    Depends once the water starts to cool I switch over to crappie, trout and bass again then when it starts to warm again I switch back. I fish year around for Bass but flatheads, crappie, and trout are seasonal unless you know where the flats are hiding!
     
  6. AzHeadHunter

    AzHeadHunter New Member

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    Think about it this way, when do you stop eating??? You eat when it's cold or hot. Flathead got to eat to live. You just have to use diffirent techniques but you can catch flats year round.
     
  7. martinman

    martinman New Member

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    From what I have understood, flathead catfish will remain active until the water temperature drops below 70 degrees. The waters that I have fished seem to carry this statement...fishing dies off when the temps drop.


    Channel cats will remain active depending on the environment. Northern Arizona channels will go dormant around the 1st of November and will gain activity in April or May depending on how soon it warms up.


    For the rest of Arizona, I would assume that catfishing would be active most of the year...except in places where the water temps drop significantly.


    Ryan
     
  8. ammo warrior

    ammo warrior Member

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    I don't know about there, but here they stop bitin every time I go to the water...err :embarassed:
     
  9. lonny

    lonny New Member

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    I catch flats all year long at rosie,the fall bite is the best.
     
  10. Apache Flats

    Apache Flats New Member

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    No doubt about it, FALL fishing is the BEST.
     
  11. Az Birddog

    Az Birddog New Member

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    Yea, it's good to know what baitfish are biting at certain times of the year.:big_smile:
     
  12. Brett Connery

    Brett Connery New Member

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    so u can catch same amout of fish in december than in july?
     
  13. catman13

    catman13 New Member

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    Where ever bait relies is where ull catchem and az good fishn year around even flatties
     
  14. tofish

    tofish New Member

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    i kinda disagree with majority here. i agree az is great fishing, but not yr round. at least for cats. i live in yuma and when water drops in temp for winter, cats get lockjaw except for few channels. if you're catching lots of channels in winter around yuma, take me and show me. i've got the boat. if flatheads, like some have hinted, again, show me. i want to learn this cause i find this hard to believe. didn't call BS now, just i and my friends here can't find them.
    gary
     
  15. martinman

    martinman New Member

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    Gary,


    I agree with you about being able to fish for flatties during the winter on the river or in the canals...but... if the temps in the lakes (Roosevelt or Pleasant) hold higher than 70 degrees, they are apt to remain active and feed. If the temps drop lower, they will go dormant.

    I remember fishing in Powell in March and doing really well on channel cats...but I was fishing in 40 feet of water and the temps were warmer down that far than they were on the surface.


    Ryan
     
  16. Overkil

    Overkil New Member

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    I think conventional wisdom supports Gary but we've had a lot of new members join this summer and if they're catching through the winter, then we'd love to hear about it...never too old to learn new tricks..:cool2:
     
  17. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    I fished the CO river and related waters through the winter last year, and had success on every trip..
    I also fished Roosevelt, I think every winter month, and caught fish,,Flatheads and channels..
    didn't really notice a big difference..due to the "off" months!!
     
  18. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    So Greg.... you want to hit up Yuma... or Squaw lake just before Xgiving... going to come down that way with my boat... might even come down after a stay at Mayflower or McIntyre for a night....

    Would like to get some other folks down to "Squaw". (on the California side)... good camping and the fishing is...... well what can I say....

    Tight lines... Bayrunner Ray
     
  19. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    Hey Ray,,,,,,,,That's kinda fun to say!!!:smile2:

    That has possibilities,, Not familiar w/ Squaw Lake, but, downriver from the usual is interesting to me..there's reports of unmolested Flats in that area..:wink:

    We'll have to get the pencil out, and see what the calendar says!!
     
  20. brianthelion02

    brianthelion02 New Member

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    I remember someone saying 100' deep wasnt uncommon to catch em out Rosey in the winter time!I know that water gets cold,usually snow all around Rosey throughout the winter!