Winter fishing

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by catfishing is fun, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. catfishing is fun

    catfishing is fun New Member

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    i was wondering what type of bait was best for winter fishing, i am going to go to the warmwater outlet of springfield lake, i have read that the catfish gather there and feed on dead and dying shad, so would dead shad be my best bet, mabye stinkbait, nightcrawler, or chicken livers????

    Thanks for the help
    Marshall
     
  2. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    i would try cut shad or a shad head. This works where i am and from reading other posts i would try it there.
     

  3. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    I agree about the shad although I'm fishless so far this year.
     
  4. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    yea I agree that use shad, and sometime I use chicken liver and nightcrawler for channel but someday it can lucky to catch them in winter. Blue are still hunting on shad in winter. I heard there's guys caught nice blue on shad... sometime flathead will grab that shad...
     
  5. spanishcatman

    spanishcatman New Member

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    Deadbaits never seem to work well for me in cold water. Neither do lives for that matter. I'm talking about water less than 9 degrees and I'm talking about water that has been that temperature for a while. Real winter in other words (at least in my rivers). Where I fish, the only bait that seems to work effectively and consistently in cold water are halibut pellets. Big ones! I think catbusster has mentioned them already. Put it this way - prior to using them, I restricted my winter fishing to carp, walleye and northerns.

    As always, just a lowly opinion! :smile2:
     
  6. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    When the water temp's drop go to smaller baits and smaller hooks. Stick with the shad or skip's if you can get them.
     
  7. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I am not sure, I have not caught a catfish in the winter yet. So I cant tell ya what baits they bite, maybe the same in the summer.
     
  8. fishnfool68

    fishnfool68 New Member

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    I've caught channels,not many big ones, on chicken livers in the winter,water temp around 40degrees,but its colder than that reight now.However I plan to go to a heated dock tomarrow and I'll report back.
     
  9. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Use Shad for sure, always try to avoid livers if you're after big fish.
     
  10. whiteelephant

    whiteelephant New Member

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  11. spanishcatman

    spanishcatman New Member

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    Just occurred to me! I mean 9 degrees celcius...
     
  12. dano40

    dano40 New Member

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    Definately shad this time of year.
     
  13. fishnfool68

    fishnfool68 New Member

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    Fishing was slow,water temp is still dropping due to thaw from ice storm.I caught 2 crappie,and no catfish.I only fished for about 2.5 hours.I fished with a 4inch crappie but got no bites.Witha snowstorm comming tomarrow may be a little while before I go fishing again:sad2: