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Winter is the best time to catch blue catfish

The big blues bit the best as the weather gets colder
BY ED GODFREY, OUTDOORS EDITOR, EGODFREY@OPUBCO.COM Modified: January 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm •  Published: January 1, 2011
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While other types of fishing tends to shut down in the winter, big blue catfish bite the best the colder it gets.

In fact, creel surveys from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation show that big blues (30 inches or larger) are caught at twice the rate in the winter as they are in the summer.

“They just don't seem to shut down in the winter time,” said Gene Gilliland, assistant chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Perhaps part of that is the result of more fishing guides targeting big blues in the winter.

On Lake Texoma and the Red River, a tremendous blue cat fishery, more striper guides have found a way to keep busy in the winter by booking fishing trips for big blue cats.

And now is the time to go.

“The (blue cat) bite is really good,” said Larry Sparks, owner of Sparky's Guide Service on Lake Texoma. “It's basically always good this time of year. They are also a better eating fish when they get cold.”

While most anglers are fishing in deeper water in the winter, that's not always the case for blue catfish, said Gene Gilliland, assistant chief of fisheries for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

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