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catfish in cold weather?

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Sooo i know its a lake and the fish will always be there but do catfish tend to bite more or less in the late fall and winter months (pretty much cold weather). I havnt fished for catfish since i was little and randomly tonight a grabbed some hotdogs and pulled out 2 fish in a matter of 30 minutes. Was this just random luck or are they easier to catch in the cold?
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You should have decent luck if the weather hovers around 50 for the next couple weeks. You can still catch plenty of cats in cold weather but not as many. You might want to switch to cutbait in the colder months as well my best coldwater cat bait the past couple of years has been steaked eel chunks left overs from the striper runs of fall I save them all and freeze the ones that dont find the stripers mouth. Plus if you have rivers or streams by you that have an American shad run I strongly suggest to use them as cut bait in my opinion the best catfish bait there is when available. Hope this helps. Also warm water discharges will keep catfish aggresive throughout the winter months as well
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I haven't fished for them through the ice (why would I???). However (seeing that you're here in MA) I can tell you that I've caught them at every time of the year whenever there was open water. I just fish at night. Mostly I catch what I call bullhead (I'm an 'implant' here in MA ) while you call the same fish horned pout. I've also caught some smallish silvery catfish with the same general form as a channel cat...but I'm not sure what these are called. The ones I catch are always less than a foot long.
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Originally Posted by albacized
I haven't fished for them through the ice (why would I???). However (seeing that you're here in MA) I can tell you that I've caught them at every time of the year whenever there was open water. I just fish at night. Mostly I catch what I call bullhead (I'm an 'implant' here in MA ) while you call the same fish horned pout. I've also caught some smallish silvery catfish with the same general form as a channel cat...but I'm not sure what these are called. The ones I catch are always less than a foot long.
thems called white catfish. The northeast is loaded with them.They get bigger than bullheads but dont get quite as big as channels. But they are more willing than most catfish to feed through the daylight hours.
post #5 of 7
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thanks for the info guys. i was very curious cuz i live on webster lake and i randomly figured i would give it a try. the 2 i caught were around a foot long. im not to sure how big they get but a friend of mine said he caught one around 5 pounds . im not to sure how big that is in catchfish standards . well i guess its something new ill give it a shot a few more times.

thanks

-brian
post #6 of 7
I've never caught horned pout through the ice, but one year I walked out on the first 2 inches of new black ice and saw horned pout swimming around under it. They were right up near the surface.
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Yea i dont plan fishing for them threw the ice . Just for the next few weeks when im boored.. pike have been biting hard too so the are fun for the daytime
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