Winter and spring are two of my favorite times for catching blue catfish. Catching big catfish in the winter is some of the most consistent fishing we have for blue catfish and the fact that there’s very little traffic on the lakes and reservoirs helps make it more enjoyable as well.
There’s a variety of techniques for catching catfish in the winter and spring. Sometimes drift fishing and dragging baits works best, sometimes anchoring in deep water is the best and sometimes drift fishing or anchoring in shallow water is the best option.
Here’s a quick video I put together while I was fishing to help you with couple of tips for catching catfish right now.
I set out to catch some big trophy blue catfish in deep water.
The weather was warming and the cats were really scattered all over the place. I was marking some good sized blue catfish on my Humminbird Onix 10 scattered around a large area in water that was 40-60 feet deep and made several short drifts through the area. I’d had several bites but hadn’t hooked any monster cats yet so I kept on with my drift and went down a steep ledge in the deeper water where it dropped off to 78 feet deep and when I drifted down the ledge I hooked into several really nice blue catfish.
One of the big blues I caught is shown in this video. Right after I caught this trophy blue the wind really picked up and started blowing hard and my drift socks wouldn’t keep my boat slowed down (check this out to learn why that’s a problem) so I had to move to a protected area to stay out of the wind. With high winds and warmer water temperatures I headed to the back of a secluded area with heavy timber and spent some time targeting some more big blues in this area. I never hooked any monster fish in the shallow water but did manage to put some good numbers of smaller 1-5 pound blues in the boat while fishing in shallow water, that’s the way it goes sometimes when you’re catching catfish in transition periods.
There’s a few random catfishing tips included in this video but it’s more focused on the action because I get a lot of random requests for action videos of me just fishing.
To learn more about these techniques used in this video and get more information on how you can catch catfish right now check out the Spring Blue Catfish Techniques ebook, Drift Fishing For Catfish ebook and Transition Cats video.