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Winter Outboard Motor Tip

There’s many areas of the country that don’t have the luxury of fishing in the winter but many anglers are able to fish all year. If youre fortunate enough to be able to fish in the colder months there’s some adjustments to make for winter catfishing and protecting your catfish boat.

Fall and winter are my favorites seasons for catfishing. I’d rather fish in the colder months than any other time of year. This is partially because of how great the fishing is but there’s a variety of other reasons as well (like the fact that there’s much less boat traffic on the lakes and reservoirs).

I’ve noticed over the past few years that more and more anglers are venturing out in the winter and many of them aren’t prepared for fishing in cold water.

Over the last few weeks I’ve encountered half a dozen anglers at the boat ramps early in the morning that are dealing with an outboard motor problem that can be easily avoided (and help protect your outboard from permanent damage as well).

hen temperatures dip down to freezing (even if it’s just at night) you’ll save yourself a whole lot of hassle and potentially a big repair bill if you’ll follow these simple steps


Plus, you’ll make sure you avoid ruining what could be an epic winter catfish fishing trip.

Here’s What Happens

Many anglers follow this routine.

Pull boat onto the trailer at the boat ramp

Trim the motor up

Drive to a staging area

Stow you’re catfishing gear

Pull the drain plug and allow water to drain

Strap the back of the boat to the trailer

Insert transom saver to secure the motor to the trailer

Drive off and go