winter time channel catfish in lakes?????

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by catfish1083, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. catfish1083

    catfish1083 New Member

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    looking for some tips for catching channel cats in the winter time on lakes?
     
  2. mintaka

    mintaka Well-Known Member

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    From personal experience , they seem to bite rather sluggishly. Although when you do catch one , it'll be big. My advice to you is to be patient and keep moving!! Good Luck!!
     

  3. stoney53

    stoney53 Well-Known Member

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    i agree with mason and give secret 7 a try...never let me down
     
  4. smoothkip25

    smoothkip25 New Member

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    I agree with these guys. I also down size my baits and try fishing deeper holes. They are more sluggish at times and alot of pick ups and drops. I recently switch to circle hooks for late season channel cats and have really increased my catches with the circles.
     
  5. Branj796

    Branj796 Member

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    Totally agree. Fish deep, smaller baits, and be patient. But if they arent there then you have to keep moving. If you can find them shallow which is hard to do then they are doing one thing eating. Just keep moving until you find active fish. We have been catching them in the deepest part of the lake drifting real slow. Never tried it in the middle of winter though. Always catch them anchored near the hot water discharge when it is really cold. My best advice would be to look for schools of bait around creek channels. Everything else is trial and error. Good luck.
     
  6. 187um

    187um New Member

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    i fish the lakes around here in winter. and just a couple of things i have learned is what everyone is sayin-->smaller hooks(circle) and smaller baits..the one thing i would add is atleast for me nothing compares to shad guts in the winter have had days where i couldnt even smoke a cig. and they will move deeper unless feeding. good luck
     
  7. big cat matt

    big cat matt Member

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    Shad guts on winter channels is the only way to go.
    After the ice is off and the shad kill,they go crazy.Pretty fast action but they dont hit hard.
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2009
  8. rcbbracing

    rcbbracing New Member

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    I have never agreed more with a quote on here. I also switched to circle hooks for colder water channel cats and had almost a 100% hookup rate. In the past i have always ran khale hooks but seems in colder water the channel cats get bored and give up. So i downsized baits...i generally ran one or two wee lil shad per circle hook and tight lined...worked great for me..great advice kip!