How Seasons And Temperatures Effect Catfish

Do the season and air temperature really matter when catching catfish?

One of the wonderful things about catfish is that you can catch them just about any time of year. When exactly is the best time depends on your local area. Catfishing in northern Minnesota will be different from southern Louisiana, so it’s always a good idea to figure out the best times of the year for your particular area. In general, the summer is the best time to catch catfish. They are just most active during the summer time. They seem to thrive during hot temperatures, and that is when you will find them running around near the surface looking for food. In most of North America, summer evenings and early mornings are the best times to catch catfish. That being said, spring and fall offer great catfishing opportunities. The early spring when catfish are spawning is a great time to catch them. Exactly when they are spawning depends on your location, but in general, it is right after the ice begins to melt. For most people, this would be around March. In the fall, catfish are fattening up for the winter. September and October are good times for catching catfish in many areas. Winter fishing can be good, too, but it’s a whole different animal. During the winter, cats don’t move around much, so you have to be right on top of them. In southern states, and especially Texas, you can fish for cats all through the year. Up north, it’s a little tougher. Air temperature effects catfish because it effects water temperature. But, among fish, cats are the least likely to be run off by warm temperatures.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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