Does anyone else feel it's nearly impossible to catch fish when the water is cold? I only catch fish in summer, when the water is warm like bath water. If I leave my rod out for 2 hours, I may get ONE bite from a catfish. Maybe. As far as panfish and everything else? Not a chance.
Anyone else feel this way, or have similar frustrations you wanna share? It pisses me off to no end that I live in Louisiana, sports mans paradise, and can barely catch any fish while other guy are catching 50+ a day.
Maybe you should be less of a bitch and learn how to change tactics.
Fishing isn't just sitting in the same spot with the same bait hoping to get the same fish.
It takes skill and understanding that's why its called fishing not catching.
On a side note got skunked today but it happens so no worry.
What does everyone have the best luck with?
Mine is 2 yellow powereggs on a number 8 hook, and a large slipweight on my mainline.
Last time I was out, others were having better luck with flies, but I don't know how to use them.
There are two reasons behind fish behavior during colder periods. First is simple biology. Fish are ectothermic, so their temperature regulation is based primarily on water temperature. The lower the water temperature, the less active the fish and therefore harder to catch. However, the second reason is the main factor in fish behavior during cold weather periods. This reason is water oxidation levels. If the oxygen levels in water decrease, fish activity decreases because lower activity means less need for oxygen in the bloodstream. Fish in low oxygen areas are lethargic and bite less, and therefore fish congregate in higher oxygen areas during cold weather. I live in the Midwest and ice fish and there are two ways to catch fish through the ice: Sit on your ass at a good spot and wait for them to eventually move through, or punch a bunch of holes in the ice looking for a school and fish it until the school moves on, chasing higher oxygen areas or chasing the prey that will readily congregate in higher oxygen areas. So, to successfully fish in cold weather, you need to either locate where the fish tend to congregate or wait in a suitable area and hope the fish will eventually move through.
Live bait or hard plastics, usually crankbaits. I sometimes use soft plastics, but I don't have a ton of success using them. I think my finesse skills are off. Thinking I should practice that more. More versatility=more fish.
Fish are cold blooded, and as the water temperature drops so does their metabolism. This makes them less likely to feed and therefore less likely to strike bait. Some (like goldfish and koi) go into a state of hibernation when the water drops below ~50F.
So largemouth bass for example: During the summer you can catch them on a spinner, swimbait, etc. But during the winter you should be working a worm/lure slowly, they'll next to never strike a fast moving lure in cold water.
You have to fish differently when it's cold than when it's warm. Catfish hang out lower in the lake when it's hot than when it's cold because there isn't much oxygen down real deep. Find the thermocline and fish just above it. The only time you'll have significantly reduced catfishing is during lake turnover.
Use live bait, shiners or perch or small sunfish, just above the thermocline near cover. Scale the fish, at least on one side, before sending them down. They'll let more oil out into the water that way. Worms and good blood bait also work well for channels and pan-sized blues. Stick with live bait for flatheads.
specks and reds (both drum, actually) are probably moved out of the brackish water this time of year (used to live in MS). I would hit the freshwater for some fat ass largemouth, or try your luck where warmer water (streams/creeks) hit colder water (the rivers/bays).
The crappie were biting live minnows the other day. They're usually active during winter and can get big, I couldn't catch anything at all on lures, but managed to find a could of minnows and tried it. It worked. I'm going back soon with more minnows.
Muskys are usually pretty active in cold water from what I understand. I've been after one for a couple of weeks now. They aren't that many around where I'm from, but they're there. Crappies are VERY active in the winter and they taste amazing.
Nah, winter is the best time for pike fishing IMO. Hang a nice herring or smelt on a tip-up and let 'er rip.
This thread is like twilight zone for me. Fishing in Alberta is most active in winter, fall, and spring when water is cold. Fishing is slow in the hot dog days of summer. Possibly its due to the species we have here? I fish whitefish, pike, perch, walleye, brook trout, rainbow trout, bull trout, and greyling and they all go active in colder water.
Also consider how spawning cycles impact fish activity. Fish will feed aggressively when they need to fuel egg production.
Winter is the best freshwater season in my state.
They go numb after a while.
When your hitting trout almost every cast its worth the cold fingers. Besides that I'm nice and cozy in my wooly pully, gorka, and insulated waders.
P.S. fishing with bait is for faggots.
Just woke up and a cold front rolled thru last night. It might be a good day to go fishin.
It has been warm here all this winter aside from a few months, and peacock and snakehead are the only things that will really bite when it's that hot. It needs to get down to the 70s for a month or two and everyhing will be hungry.
South FL btw. I love being able to fish all year.
Fishing for stocked trout down here in Texas and I have the opposite problem. The water is too warm.
I caught some the other morning when it was 40, cloudy, and windy, but when the weather gets nicer they stop biting.
They will bite when its warm. Need to use nymphs and bounce them off rocks, keep them real deep. The rule of thumb when it comes to nymphing is if you aren't getting hung up, or losing nymphs you won't be catching fish. Try a fly rod and drifting nymphs real real real low and close to bottom.
I caught a decent sized bass today. Most of them are hanging out in the bottom of the lake since it's warmer. I threw a texas rigged worm and slowly moved it across the bottom of the lake.
What lure were you using OP?
Anon wants one of these, Bama boy and Bama fish