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Finding Catfish In Transition Periods [CREP 37]

Catfishing Radio Episode 37

Show Summary: This Catfishing Radio podcast covers everything you need to know about transition periods including what a transition period is, how it affects the fishing and what you can do to help you locate and catch fish during a transition period.

Catfishing Radio is back with Episode 37. My goal was to do a show once a month the first week of each month for a while and I got behind schedule due to a horrible cold and a major computer disaster. I am back up and running now with a new computer and finally kicked the cold so I am working on getting back on track.

Episode 37 Introduction

The show starts out with some introductions and announcements.

  • Show Schedule – My plan was to go with a show schedule of once a month. I may ultimately go back to a bi-weekly show but for now the plan is to do a podcast at least once a month and if it works out to be able to do more then so be it.
  • iTunes Subscribers – There was a major technical issue with the website and how it communicates with iTunes. I will spare you the technical details (I don’t even completely understand them). The important thing is you need to go back into iTunes on your iPhone, iPad or computer and subscribe again to make sure you get the downloads when a new show is released. You can follow this link to find the show on iTunes, then just click the subscribe button.

Transition Periods and Fishing For Catfish

I’ve had a ton of recent questions submitted through the site and about transition periods. These were from anglers wanting to know what I mean when I made reference to transition periods in a pat podcast, what a transition period is and how it impacts the fishing. Due to all the recent questions I felt this was a great topic for Catfishing Radio.

Transition periods are what happens anytime the seasons change. Here in Texas we really don’t have four distinct seasons so many of the transition periods that occur are not as significant or noticeable but in other parts of the country they may be. Anytime the water temperature goes through a significant change and experiences warming or cooling you have a transition period.

The transition from Winter to Spring or Summer to Fall is a great example of transition periods. When we come out of Winter you go from having a cold water period where many of the fish are concentrated in tight groups in specific areas of the lakes. Then a warming trend occurs heading into Spring and it moves these fish, often to shallower water.

During this time when the water temperature has not stabilized, it’s common to experience trends where the water warms and then cools again and temperatures may fluctuate up or down drastically. These transitions often cause the fish to move to shallower or deeper water both in search of food and their preferred water temperature and then with changes in temperature again, they may move back.

This can often cause very erratic patterns and changes where fish move from day to day or week to week, or may even be in drastically different depths from morning to afternoon or at different times of the day. This means you may have to adjust your approach on locating and catching fish from day to day and may need to greatly vary your approach during these times.

Some things to consider during these times include:

Searching Various Depths – Don’t fish “spots” focus on finding fish on your sonar and fishing areas where you can verify there are fish holding. This is always going to be the most productive approach.

Drift Fishing – During transition periods fish are often much less concentrated than they are when they are in a good pattern. For this reason drift fishing can often be a good approach to fishing because it allows you to target these scattered fish and still be productive. Anchoring can be equally productive as well.

Show Wrap Up

The wrap up of the show includes:

Catfishing Insider: This is a project I have been working on for a while. This is an exclusive area for visitors to login and access the free eBooks like the Catfish Gear 101 and Catfish Tackle 101 ebooks as well as other free training resources I am working on. There will also be a variety of new premium products available through Catfishing Insider. The site is coming soon and notification will be sent out through the mailing list when it is available.

12 Tips To Catch More Channel Catfish – This is a free eBook I have been working on that will be available soon through Catfishing Insider. This is a collection of short tips focused on helping you be  a more successful channel catfish angler.

Spring Blue Catfish Techniques – This is an excellent time of the year for catching shallow water blue catfish. The Spring Blue Catfish Techniques program is an in depth step by step guide on locating and catching blue catfish in the spring months.

Drift Fishing For Catfish – The drift fishing for catfish program is being released soon covering everything you need to know about drift fishing. From boat control secrets to the essentials of the techniques used drift fishing for catfish covers it all.

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Chad Ferguson is a professional catfish guide and founder of Learn To Catch Catfish. Click here to subscribe for more exclusive catfish fishing tips by email and then follow on Twitter or Google


  1. joel w carter says:

    can crawdads be used for catfish bait.

  2. Havent had any luck with them on Granger Lake

    • joel w carter says:

      try using a minnow and a night crawler together on the same hook for bait. it just might work for you.

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