Ice fishing for catfish

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2/5/16 @ 4:24 PM
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svitreum
svitreum
USER since 8/29/06

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent
I have caught them on a lake nearby that only gets to about 8 feet deep although they are low density/not high numbers. Started getting them by accident on tip-ups and auto's right at dusk on the same live shiners I was using for pike and bass. I am hoping my work schedule will allow me a couple of opportunities at night to stay out and really target them. I am thinking fresh cut bait or chunks of smelt.

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2/5/16 @ 3:42 PM
walleyedud
walleyedud
USER since 3/12/09
catch them year-round on the "pete", through the ice it doesn't seem to matter where I go. mostly 15-20 feet, about 6" to 1' off the bottom. not huge but a blast to catch on ultra light tackle.

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2/5/16 @ 3:40 PM
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fib eye guy
fib eye guy
USER since 3/10/13

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Waning Crescent
Have had good luck using red worms ice fishing for cats. Also try cut bait.

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2/5/16 @ 3:33 PM
SmackinBass
SmackinBass
USER since 8/24/12
I love catching them in open water, primarily on Lake Mendota in Madison. I've been wanting to hook up through the ice, but haven't been able to get any information. I only have a six inch auger too. I have lots of large dead shiners in my freezer just waiting for cats. I'd love to get some tips!

For the sake of continuity, I wish my screen name was BluegillThriller.

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2/5/16 @ 3:17 PM
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MuskyKiller4784
MuskyKiller4784
USER since 9/13/11

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent
Hey crappie driller, I get after the cats thru the ice as well. My go to is a piece of cut shiner on a medium sized spoon with a beefed up hook. I typically fish 40-60 ft deep and get them anywhere from 15 ft below the ice all the way down to bottom. Finding the areas where the large schools of bait fish hang seems to be the key. In my case it's gizzard shad. I've only targeted them on one lake so far but haven't had to look elsewhere. 10 inch hole is a must for the 20lbers!

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2/5/16 @ 2:19 PM
Crappie Driller
Crappie Driller
USER since 11/28/01
Surprised this thread has not been started years ago, but does anyone catch numbers of channel cats through the ice? I have gotten into in recent years and it is addicting and I would like to share some ideas with people and expand to different lakes etc. Right now I am catching them on clam lake in burnett county and wissota. If you don't want to post info. for everyone to see, please PM me. Thanks! I was thinking of using the catfish stink bait this year as I have never tried it before but they bite very light in the winter and I have been thinking there has got to be something the triggers them better than what I am using. crappie driller

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