Winter Catfishing?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by CJ21, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I have been thinking about doing some fall and winter catfishing at my local lakes, this year I am wondering is a good idea?
     
  2. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    thats a great idea less fishing pressure and less pleasure boaters. Fish eat year round so I like to fish year round.
     

  3. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    CJ, fall is one of my favorite times to chase those bigger cats.....if your after Blues and Channel Cats, they can be caught all winter long! So heck yes get out there after them and you will see what makes the Blue Cats my preferred Cat.

    The best times of the year as far as I am concerned is April-May and then mid Sept through Mid November.
     
  4. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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    One of the most productive times of the years is fall/winter. One reason is because during that period the shad go through a period called "shad kill", atleast thats what people in our area call it. A large percentage of shad die during the time(starting in fall). The dieing shad fall to the bottom and eventually if not eatin drift into the channels. If you can get some shad for bait, drift fish them over the channels.

    My 2nd and 3rd biggest fish were caught December and January of last year. I would fish winter over any other time of the year.
     
  5. Crackr

    Crackr New Member

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    With all this depressing heat here in the Midwest, I am anxious to do some winter cattin'.
     
  6. suddawg

    suddawg New Member

    A lot of folks hit up the Mighty Mo up here in Nebraska during the winter. I've seen some big blues pulled in during that time. So fishing in the winter in Montgomery, Alabama shouldn't be unproductive. Speaking of which when I was stationed at Maxwell AFB, i didn't even consider them having a winter:tounge_out: Of course I'm a midwestern country boy. :smile2:

    Good luck

    SudDawg
     
  7. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    CJ does Alabama even have a winter LOL, its too stinking cold here in Ohio
     
  8. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    If the water temp dosent go below freezing, and i wouldnt think that it does in Bama, i would give it a try. Here in the northeast the colder the water the more dormant the catfish become. They usually stack up in deep holes, and wait for food to come to them.
     
  9. Gringoloco

    Gringoloco Member

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    It all depends on the water temps normal lakes and rivers will be too cold. But if you find a lake that is heated by a power plant than the water will normally be in the 60's all winter long.
     
  10. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    The best blue fishing is in the winter by far. when you locate where the fish are you will find a bunch of fish schooled up. look for fish around structure and drop offs.
     
  11. PeZ

    PeZ New Member

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    I allways have the best luck when its cold out i would go for it
     
  12. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    hey man my favorite time of year is winter for channel catfish if you find any generating stations coal or nucleur you will find fish I fish a coal generating plant in December to April and catch many big catfish with ice chunks floating on the surfac. If you have one of these places that I mentioned near you check it out By generating station I mean power plant
     
  13. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    LoL we dont have no winter. guys thanks for the help.
     
  14. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    I have had caught more channel cats in the winter but for me the best time of the year is Oct Nov
     
  15. RiverKing

    RiverKing Active Member

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    I say go for it, Some of my biggest fish have been caught in the winter...It is great fishing
     
  16. Fishnhuntforever

    Fishnhuntforever New Member

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    Winter produces some great fish I would say! Winter what is that? Is that the period between fall and spring? We don't have a harsh winter so year round it is!