Question about catfish and cold fronts

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by catman529, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    I was just wondering if the cats bite before, during or after a cold front with lots of rain. I know they bite when the water rises but what if it was a cold front?

    thanks
     
  2. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Cats will go on a feeding frenzy and feed before and during the front. After the front passes the bite wil drop off. I will generally give it one full day after the front has passed before I fish. The only exception to this is if there was enough rain to get the feeder creeks runnig then the fish will be feeding on what is being stirred up and washed in.
     

  3. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Ditto what 777 said. Fishing the day before a front is usually great. Catfish, as well as other fish, seem to like things to be steady for a while. There's no pattern when the front hits I've been able to determing. I do love big rains, though. They get up in the creeks and shallows feeding on bait fish and other stuff.
     
  4. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    The cold front effect is more limited on a river than in a pond or lake. The moving water seems to negate the sour mood lake fish show.
     
  5. rcneman

    rcneman New Member

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    i have to agree...i guess....it would seem that in a river the flow of the current has the greatest effect on the bite.

    cyas
    rc
     
  6. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Last time I fished the Missouri after a cold front, I got skunked. That may not be the norm, but I couldn't draw a strike anywhere.
     
  7. borntocatfish

    borntocatfish New Member

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    thats a good question I didnt know now im going fishing
     
  8. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    I have always had better luck before the front:big_smile:
     
  9. catman37

    catman37 New Member

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    totally agree w/777 they bite best before and during the cold front,but after that front passes you'll be lucky to get any bites.
     
  10. mch4fishing

    mch4fishing New Member

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    Here in Conroe the Cats get nice and hungry waitin for the cold front and seem to keep on till it blows over.
    Then rest for awile and slow down some. Big rains are fun as Gadzooks stated and as far as I have seen here in Texas big rains at tributairys produce fish well.
    Hope this helps. Good Luck and Tight Lines:smile2:
     
  11. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    And not many places have as big of rains as we get in Southeast Texas, a 13 incher, followed by 7 inches a week later has filled the reservoirs back up.
     
  12. mch4fishing

    mch4fishing New Member

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    Thank God for Texas Rain:lol:
     
  13. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    My experience during a cold front has been bad unless it was raining. I am talking basically from a lake perspective on this. I have my slowest fishing in cold fronts without the rain. The bite becomes more finicky. Sometimes i have a fish on and did not know until I reeled in my line. They seem to become more sluggish and just turn off IMO.

    Now before the front in changing weather I had good trips. Also afterwards in warmer water temps.