CatDaddy says on the home lakes and rivers in Kansas where he guides clients, the water temperatures have plunged to the high 30’s and low 40’s. In general, this kind of temperature slows down most fish and makes them far less aggressive when searching for food. However, the blue cats are still very active. Blue cats thrive in the cold water, they are still foraging, they never quit, they are beasts and now is the time to go out and get them, he says. Anglers just have to be willing to endure the elements to make it happen. Fresh cut shad sides are a great bait to catch these cool weather cats on, whether anchored or drifting. The shad are plentiful still, all you need is a solid place to target them. CatDaddy says to look for small water inlets where there is a change in water temperature and you’ll most likely find the shad. In addition to shad sides, CatDaddy talks about using crappie guts for bait as well as fish heads.
When fishing a day with good drifting winds, CatDaddy says he likes to use a 3 to 4 foot leader, a float bobber 12 to 13 inches above the hook and bait and a 3-ounce egg sinker weight. In addition, he notes he’ll often use a double hook arranging one bait above and one bait below offering a presentation that is “twice as nice,” he says.
Be sure to listen in as CatDaddy talks strategy for targeting cool water blue cats. CatDaddy is the owner and guide at CatDaddy's Catfishing Adventures, be sure to look him up!