Friday, May 20, 2011

Day 8: When The Kitties Bite Best

A nice-sized channel catfish caught within minutes of arriving at Warinanco Lake.
When: Friday, May 20th, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Warinanco Lake in Roselle
What: Catfishing.
Weather: Cloudy with a light drizzle. 62-degrees.
Moon: Waning. 4 days after full.

Like I said yesterday, although the bass may mind the mud..............the catfish sure don't.

Night-time may indeed be the best time to catch catfish, but muddy-water conditions can produce some of the best action, regardless of the time of day. That assertion must be true, or else this lake is just brimming with channel catfish.

Or both.

After accepting that it was going to be difficult to catch bass until the rain stops, I decided to break out the chicken livers. I did some research and found out that there are channel cats swimming in Warinanco Park Lake, and since I hadn't been there I went.
Within minutes of setting up shop, I hooked and landed what would be my largest fish. Shortly thereafter, I caught what is undoubtedly the smallest catfish I have ever seen taken on a rod and reel. This thing was absolutely ravenous and had engulfed a chicken liver that was half the size of its body. I actually caught two catfish this size and I'm sure that there were plenty more chowing-down my bait. As a matter of fact, the entire time I was there, it was pretty much non-stop action. Each chicken liver was picked up almost immediately after it hit the water. Aside from the two little-fellas, I caught two nicer fish that made my time very worthwhile.

 I will undoubtedly be back to the big fish.

Next Up: Hiking (and a half-hour of fishing) with Janel and Lindsay.


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