Decided to go out today for a couple of hours to see if I could catch some nice catfish. I have had several people ask me if you can catch them on Stubby's Catfish Bait in the winter. I caught about 30. I took a picture of these and they are all back in the lake, alive. So, I guess the answer to your question when you buy my bait if you can catch them in the winter--the answer is yes. Drop it down. If you don't get a bite in a few minutes, crank it back up, mash the bait in your fingers and drop it back. It will let out a scent all the way down. That is all I do to it. As I keep telling y'all, no weight, no slipshot, nothing--the bait has enough bulk to it, you do not need any weight. These fish were all caught in 33 feet of water.