River ice out catfish

2/12/18 @ 2:23 PM
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svitreum
svitreum
USER since 8/29/06

OK. What is the earliest I could expect to catch channels after ice out on a small river and what bait would be best? I have tried for them in water that was 34 degrees and had only one bite in 4 hours. Is this just too early or am I using the wrong baits?


Jimmy

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2/15/18 @ 2:14 PM
Rvrrat
Rvrrat
USER since 9/1/17

As soon as you can get your boat in the water right know. These fish have been sitting in their wintering holes since Thanksgiving. The first day I went last year was Feb. 28th and the water temp. was 34 degrees. Caught 60 cat that day on one anchor.The bait I was using was G&S Cheesebait. The key to using it in that cold of water is to dilute it down with cooking oil or river water to get it to come off the dipworm. Also you have to remember your not drawing them up from a brushpile. You are putting it right in front of them. Red worms and cut shad also work but not as good as cheesebait.

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2/13/18 @ 3:45 AM
A5¢
A5¢
MEMBER since 6/15/09

 Cats have a migration that they follow each year. For the most part, not all, they move downstream to winter in deep slack water. When things warm up, they start to move back upstream looking for lunch and a place to make babies. When winter sets in, above the dam and in spring below the dam. This is a very simplified explanation, as there are many variables that are added to the equation. Feeder creeks, runoff, back waters and current all play into where all fish stay for any season. Thirty-four degrees is not too cold, but deep slack water will be place to start.

Where are you trying to fish?

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