Lake Ontario Fall Channel Catfish.

Posted on November 4th, 2021

While most avid anglers target everything from fall tributary steelhead, salmon & brown trout, panfish, walleye and pike, some like to target large schools of Channel Catfish that stage in deeper water before venturing out to their winter grounds in the open lake.

Fall Channel Catfish.
Channel Catfish often congregate in large schools on their way out to deeper water in late fall.

Carolynn Nava above smiles as she holds up an average size Channel Catfish she and husband Aldo Nava operator www.niagarafishingadventures.com had fun catching in the eastern basin of Lake Ontario.

Channel Catfish are usually caught from spring and throughout summer in shallower rivers and lake bays. The occasional Channel Catfish is caught by anglers trolling open-water for walleye or bass.

In fall when water temperatures start to drop many Channel Catfish leave the shallow-water areas and congregate in large numbers in deeper channels. In the Nava’s case they were fishing bait in depths up to 60′ to catch their fish. Channel Catfish are an often overlooked species but they are aggressive feeders and good fighting fish.

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