havent ever fished in winter for cats ! went to truman lake in missouri. fished jugs for about 6 hours in the daytime, cut carp for bait. caught 6 . 2 channels about 3lbs each, 2 blues about the same size, and 2 blues about 10lbs each.. they were in about 7ft of water at the edge of tree stumps. i do believe i might try that again !!!!