REDBONEParticipantDecember 23, 2009 at 9:25 pmPost count: 23stitchParticipantDecember 23, 2009 at 9:31 pmPost count: 9871
Quote by: REDBONE
Tell me everything you know about catfish through the ice. I want to catch them this year. I saw last year there were quite a few caught and want to know if they were incidentals or targeted.
Globs of waxies or dead minnows. Beat the heck out of the bottom, and you should get em. Jigging spoons for bigger cats, but normal ice jigs will getthe eaters.crappiiParticipantDecember 23, 2009 at 10:19 pmPost count: 358
I target catfish late ice every year. Im sure everyone has their own techniques, this is what works for me. I use a jigging spoon with 2 waxies and fish about 2 foot off the bottom. For me a very slow presentation seems to work best. I barely twitch the spoon, maybe a slow raise. Too much movement seems to spook them. Watch your electronics(vex) and see how they react to your presentation. Good luck!!TomcatParticipantDecember 23, 2009 at 10:21 pmPost count: 665calParticipantDecember 23, 2009 at 11:23 pmPost count: 2629graybeardParticipantDecember 23, 2009 at 11:29 pmPost count: 708
I caught quite a few last year, but they were all incidental. I even rigged up a pole for them with a little heavier line, but still always caught them on my panfish poles. I did make a little gaff out of a bigger diddy pole hook and a piece of wooden dowel to help get them through the hole. All the cats I’ve caught have come out of one farm pond.Luke HauglandParticipantDecember 23, 2009 at 11:53 pmPost count: 394sledmanParticipantDecember 24, 2009 at 1:49 amPost count: 358
When I am fishing the creek channels in McBride is when I get into the channel cat.Usually near an inside corner.Say the locater shows 15′ to the bottom,then you notice the bottom changes to 14 or 13′.Usually it’s a school of channel cat.I will mention this to other fishermen in the area.Yea right is the normal response.That’s when i beg a couple of wax worms and catch one. I don’t fish for them but every time the bottom moves I get one if i can get some wax worms.johnl_2323ParticipantDecember 24, 2009 at 5:50 pmPost count: 9FinseekerParticipantDecember 24, 2009 at 6:32 pmPost count: 73TomcatParticipantDecember 24, 2009 at 6:48 pmPost count: 665REDBONEParticipantDecember 24, 2009 at 7:46 pmPost count: 23NewToIAParticipantDecember 29, 2009 at 1:50 amPost count: 90svridersvParticipantDecember 29, 2009 at 2:16 amPost count: 570
I was fishing last weekend in 16 foot of water for crappies and ended up catching 7 channel cats from 1 lb to 3 lb. The crazy thing is they all bit about 7 to 9 ft off the bottom on a teardrop with a wax worm. Must have been really hungry. As soon as I seen them on the vex hold on your rod hard or they would rip it out of your hand.
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