During the winter season, catfish will feed more vigorously than they will in the summer. This is a result of a couple of factors, including lower temperatures and rain. In addition, the cold weather may also induce catfish to hibernate in deeper holes. As a result, anglers need to get closer to the fish if they want to catch them.
The water temperature is also a big factor in how catfish feed. During the colder months, fish tend to move to deeper water and will spend more time in the hole chasing shad and minnows. Similarly, they will spend more time at the surface chasing clams and bluegills.
Other factors that can affect how catfish behave in the winter are the moon’s phases and a sudden rainstorm. A storm can incite a feeding response in many species of fish. Often, the rain will cool the water, but it is also a good way to clear the air and wash the land with nutrients.
There is also the fact that snow makes the catfish feed more vigorously. A number of studies have suggested that cold-blooded catfish will feed more when it’s cold. For example, in one study, catfish were found to consume feed at a higher rate at seven degrees Celsius than they did at a temperature of nine degrees.
In terms of the actual number of fish harvested, the most significant change was that the number of harvestable catfish decreased by more than a third during November. Although the local winters are mild compared to other parts of the U.S., anglers should still keep an eye out for a potential storm to come up.
In terms of the best ponds to fish in the winter, the best time to go is probably late February or early March. However, anglers should still make sure to check out a few feeder creeks and areas that hold natural bait run off spots. The water temperatures may also drop as the season progresses, depending on where you are.
The ponds with the best harvest at five months had a smaller harvest at November. In addition, the catfish only ponds had the highest percentage of harvestable catfish after five months. The most productive ponds were also those that had the cheapest feed.
The most important thing to know about catfish in the winter is that they still feed and will strike well if you can find them. They’ll likely be bunched together in schools, but won’t be as aggressive as they are during the warmer months. Moreover, they may take longer to stir, so you’ll have to wait a bit before you get a bite. Fortunately, most catfish will be able to survive the winter without harm. If you’re lucky enough to find some in your area, you’ll have a great fishing time. The most effective strategies are to locate the holes, slow down the presentation, and make your bait look appealing.
While the winter season isn’t quite as active as the spring or summer, the cold months are a good time to catch big catfish.