Fall Great Lakes Channel Catfish.

Posted on November 18th, 2021

While many anglers are enjoying fall Pike, Walleye and tributary trout & Steelhead action my wife and I have been enjoying catching good-size Lake Ontario Channel Catfish that are staging in large groups before dispersing out in the main lake.

Fall Channel Catfish.
Fall Channel Catfish have lots of energy and are great fun caught from 60′ depths.

We have been catching our fish in 45-60′ depth fishing a hard bottom.

Fall Channel Catfish.
Care should be taken handling Channel Catfish any time of the year to avoid getting cut or pricked by their barbed spines.

We have had great success fishing nightcrawlers on a 3/8 oz. jighead, live minnows and frozen shrimp on drop-shot rigs fished right on the bottom.

Fall Channel Catfish.
Barb holds up one of the largest Channel Catfish we landed on our 1 1/2 hr. outing in inclement weather.

With water temperatures dropping the Channel Cats are taking baits very slowly and you really have to watch the rod tip and set the hook at the right time. All of our fish have been caught right on the bottom and there is no need to move your bait around, just wait for the bite!

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our www.canadian-sportfishing.com website.

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