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Author Topic: when do the catfish bite the best?  (Read 4786 times)

Offline n_hebert

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when do the catfish bite the best?
« on: April 22, 2010, 03:53:55 PM »
I have primarily fished catfish my whole life and i just cant seem to figure this one question that i keep asking my self. Do catfish bite better when the water is rising or when it is falling.I have caught plenty of fish when it was high water conditions, and also plenty when its low.  If anyone has some info for me, please feel free to tell me
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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010, 04:32:51 PM »
Here in Florida they bite better when it is running, high or low I am not sure about.
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Offline n_hebert

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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2010, 04:35:17 PM »
i see, i am in Louisiana and the water is always running, i fish either the Mississippi river of the atchafalaya and both have plenty of flow year round, its basically a flood basin so the river levels fluctuate constantly
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Offline ddossett1976

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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 04:37:00 PM »
i have had the best luck right at dark.

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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010, 04:51:57 PM »
i have also done well right before dark and when its dark i have done very well on jugs, sure makes for a fun night with a ice chest full of cold beer
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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2010, 07:19:16 PM »
I have always herd that catfish bite best when the river is on the rise. We fish the Missouri river and have our best luck floating jugs when the river is at normal pool. We catch alot of blue cats.
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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2010, 07:46:06 PM »
Rising.
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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2010, 07:50:20 PM »
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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2010, 07:15:24 AM »
they always bite best when I'm not fishing. 
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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2010, 09:57:51 AM »
Well different places different cases I guess. I have caught them on the rise and the fall. But I have had my most luck when it is on the Rise!! They like that moving water something about makes the very active. @--0--0101 to you! Anytime is a good time to go fishing!!
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Offline sunnyseasons4u

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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2010, 06:36:04 PM »
hi all,just registered and i think i'll fit right in.anyway i been trot linin flathead and channel for bout 45 of 55 years and have learned a lot,such as yes when the water on the rise.but here in kansas, i use a barometer to tell me the best time to be baited and to have my skinnin post(cloths line pole w/giant hooks) ready.in the spring as wheather rolls in and out,the preasure goes up and down,watchin weather reports also helps and i have my own trusty barometer that quietly says,"hey i'm on the rise"which means there is a rain on the way and to bait up.i have proven this to myself and others for a lot of years now.anyway after a weather front moves past preasure will fall again and so will the amount of fish movement.barometer up>fish,barometer down>prepare.my personal favorite time is when late night showers roll through bout every other night for about a week or so.thats when i can stock all freezers and then fish just to try and beet my own records.give it a try when you get the chance and see for yourself.hope this helps ya

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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2010, 08:35:43 PM »
Caught them in various situations, but one thing I plan around is the moon.  Had great luck catfishing on full moons, or at least bright nights
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Offline n_hebert

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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2010, 07:50:27 PM »
I am going put out some trotlines monday and i am going to leave them out and look at the barometric pressure and the lunar phase and make some notes of it. Thank you for all the info
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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2010, 01:16:54 PM »
Old Fisherman wise tell......

River on the rise, fisherman's surprise. River on the fall, don't go at all.

I always had my best luck during the evening hours. Also it is very helpful if you know where their channel runs are so you can fish over them. Easy way I have found to know these. Our river is pretty much covered with mud on bottom but where the fish run it will be rock bottom because of their movement and flowing water. In a boat take a long metal rod and keep probing the bottom, when you hear TING you are hitting rock instead of mud. Then you can determine if it is a channel run if it is wide enough. Thats were you should set your nets or trout lines if you are fishing that way. If not make a note were they are at and try to cast to them from the bank.

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Offline n_hebert

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Re: when do the catfish bite the best?
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2010, 06:28:15 PM »
thats funny my father in law says the same thing about the telephone
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