Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 190: Too Cold For Channel Catfish

Dress shoes and crawlers.
When: Friday, November 18th, from 5pm to 5:30pm
Where: Warinanco Park Pond
What: Drowning worms
Weather: Fair skies, 43 degrees, SW wind at 12 mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.42in and steady
Moon: Waning, a day or so after the last quarter
Water Conditions: Dirty, cold and full of leaves

I'm doing my best to catch fish, but it's really tough right now. Water temps are in the 40's and that just spells bad fishing. Throw in the fact that on most days I'm limited to overpressured waters with small populations of fish in Union County, and it makes for some boring blogging.

That should change soon though.....once we get some ice. Ice fishing is a whole different animal as it allows one to vertically present baits to fish that acclimated to the cold, and it's one of my favorite things to do.

Last Sunday, I caught a small bullhead catfish from Echo Lake in Mountainside. Although the ambient temperature has dropped more than 20 degrees since then, I was hoping the channel catfish might still be willing to bite in nearby Warinanco Park Pond. I had done well there earlier in the year, so I headed over after my last appointment to test the theory.

I guess it's too cold for catfish.

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