View Full Version : Winter cats?

11-05-2005, 01:53 AM
Where do you get your cats in winter? Deep water? My spring/summer/fall spots are dead. Time to fish knight's landing? 8 mile? ???

11-05-2005, 03:28 AM
I haven't been latly, but do believe Miner slough would still produce. JIM D.

11-05-2005, 07:51 AM
I am pretty sure 8 mile is producing, I am heading out there today! You just have to keep after them! I have also had good luck this time of year in the stockton deep water channel near windmill cove!
Here is a 10lb'er caught last fall around this time.
http://img435.imageshack.us/img435/9337/10lbcat3rs.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

11-05-2005, 08:55 PM
Out at millerpark I can catch them year around. the only problem is i havent figure out how to catch anything bigger then 14''. I've literally caught 100+ cats in one night on many occasions out there but the very biggest i dont think broke 14'' most were 12''.

Just about anywhere out there is good you just gotta find a hole you dont generally need much weight and i mostly just use worms. my hole is where the main water meats the water that goes into the docking area. you have to be in a boat or take a long hike to the end of the ben to be legal (within a 1000 feet of a dock or some BS like that) more then one warden has seen me there and not said anything.

11-05-2005, 09:34 PM
I fished the 8 mile road area today. Was an excelent day! Caught panfish all day and 4 nice channel cats 3 to 5 lbs. Caught the channels on g.s. stink bait. Was the first time using the stuff, channels love it! Shad was also prodcung as well as night crawlers. I will post a couple of pics tomorrow.

11-06-2005, 12:16 AM
Once the Sacto R. really floods after some good rains fish anywhere there is a berm (flat spot or step on the bank ) flooded . Fish night crawlers for the first few days after the water rises , you will kill em . I've fished the Knights Landing boat ramp parking lot with great success in water only a couple of feet deep under such flooding .

Tight Lines , Dan

11-06-2005, 09:37 AM
http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/7645/phbcc1nl.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
The channel cats were hitting shad, night crawlers and dip bait. I started fishing for them 2 hours before high tide and they were still biting an hour or so after sunset. On the way back to the marina shad were jumping evry where. I also saw many keeper stripers caught, mostly on live perch, but I am sure live shad would work great!
http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/2163/debhss1rq.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

11-06-2005, 07:42 PM
Well, it seems to me the cats move into deeper, bigger water during the cooler months. I'm not saying they can't be caught in the sloughs during the winter, but the action is definately better in bigger water for me.

How much weight do you banking guys use on the Sac? Most of the time, it seems I'm doing more of a slow drift even with 4 oz of weight than actually holding bottom. That is, of course, until I get the right angle downstream for the bait to stay put.

Slip rig, three-way, or surf rig? I like to use a double-hook surf rig. Less snags, believe it or not. Crawlers, cut or live bluegill, and livers for bait.

11-06-2005, 07:46 PM
Hey Dan, I'll have to try that this year. I usually just cast it out and see what happens ;)

Delta, it looks like you're using a big pyramid weight on a slip rig with a float or somthing and a treble? Sounds like you've been doing well, and thanks for the pics!

11-07-2005, 07:16 PM
It is a 3oz. sinker on a slider and has a standard dip bait tube with treble hook, though I broke off the treble and replaced it with a single octopus hook and it still worked fine. I normaly use a longer leader, but that rig was given to me a little on the short side. That was the first time I used dip bait, but not the last! There was 3 of us fishing and we were getting fish no matter where we tossed out. We were all using different baits and we all hooked up about the same amount of times.

11-29-2005, 03:43 PM
Hi All!

I've always wanted to fish the delta, but not familiar with the area. How exactly do I get to this wonderful fishing hole you all are talking about. I know my kids will get a kick on the fishing action! Any help would be appreciated.


11-29-2005, 03:44 PM
Sorry! I'll be traveling from SF.

11-30-2005, 05:31 PM
8 mile road is in Lodi or Stockton, I believe.

12-02-2005, 08:16 AM
Whiskey Slough has produced big limits for me on cold winter nights in the tule fog.

12-02-2005, 03:45 PM
Thanks guys! Sorry for all the questions, but I know my son's will have a blast. Is this spot off of Hghwy 4 or 5 and in what city or what exit to take?

Thanks Again!

12-02-2005, 03:59 PM
Whiskey Slough has produced big limits for me on cold winter nights in the tule fog.

That sounds like fun ;D

12-02-2005, 04:04 PM
Thanks guys! Sorry for all the questions, but I know my son's will have a blast. Is this spot off of Hghwy 4 or 5 and in what city or what exit to take?

Thanks Again!

Take the exit from Stockton west off I-5

12-02-2005, 06:19 PM
Im going out to folsom tommorow, do you think i have any chance catching cats?

12-02-2005, 07:12 PM
Hey big b, welcome to the boards! Try fishing near the feeder creeks in the coves north of granite bay using night crawlers. I've "heard" that fishing folsom's feeder creeks after the first big rain of the season can be excellent.

12-02-2005, 08:08 PM
thanks for the info diego916 i will have to try that out.