January 4, 2012Catfishing in the winter can be very tough. Look for them in deep holes, the deeper the better and if it`s a hole that has trees or anything that will break the current this is even better. During the winter they slow down but they don`t quit eating. If you can find a deep hole with current you could be on fish for several hours, they don`t bite all at once but they can keep you busy.
Look for baitfish, they are usually bunched up in the winter, and they look like clouds on your fish finder, if you have zoom capabilities, zoom in on the school you may see arches in the middle of the pack, or just below the bait fish, keep your bait in the zone and you will have fish on. I don`t fish with live bait, mainly fresh dead bait, Shad or Skipjack.
One of the things I have noted over the years of winter fishing is if I am fishing with fresh cutbait on the bottom a Channel cat will sit there and pound a bait and just make your rod thump in the holder, but will never take the bait till he is good and ready, this can drive you crazy as they are sitting there thumping away but not taking it. The winter time is the only time that I have seen this.
Good luck and tight lines!