Where should I fish for catfish when the water temperature is 50-55 degrees? Should I fish shallow or deep?

where should i fish for catfish when the water temperature is 50-55 degrees? Should i fish shallow or deep?

The first thing you must know about water temperatures is not where to fish, but how the catfish feeds in different water temperatures. If the water is 50 to 55 degrees, the catfish do not eat much. A catfish in these water temperatures can go days without eating. Normally a catfish will eat only twice a week if that when the water temperatures are between 50 to 55 degrees. If the water temperature is 56 to 60 degrees, the cats will eat about every other day and when it is over 66 degrees, catfish will eat every day. When the water temperatures are between 50 to 55 degrees, the catfish are going to be deep. When the water starts to warm to around sixty or more, the cats will move closer to the shallows of the water. However, as the temperatures warm to the seventies, the catfish move back the deep waters. The when the fall water temperatures start to drop to under seventy, the catfish move back to the shallows. During the winter months when the water is cold, the fish move to channels, but they feed very little. You can bait the fish with cut baits in colder water, which may give them a boost to feed. Stink bait will also attract the cats when the water temperatures are cold. If you are fishing cold waters, you have to use anything you can to get the cats to feed. Sometimes it takes hours to attract the catfish to your bait.


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One Response to “Where should I fish for catfish when the water temperature is 50-55 degrees? Should I fish shallow or deep?”

  1. hammer1 says:

    i would like to jug fish for blues at lake ozarks.in the wintertime you have to fish the right temp .for them to b ite

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