November 01, 2022 2 min read

When the temperatures drop and the days become shorter, a lot of anglers hang up their rods for the winter. But for those of us who can't stand to be away from the water for too long, winter fishing can be some of the most rewarding—not to mention challenging—fishing of the year.If you're looking to do some barbel fishing in the winter, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, pay close attention to the weather and river conditions. Rising water levels after cold rains, snow or sleet can make fishing difficult, so try to time your session to coincide with a drop in the water level. This will also help reduce the amount of debris in the water that can snag your lines and rigs.

John with a Winter Barbel

Here are a few bait tips for catching barbel in winter:

    • Bait choice is important in winter. Many anglers use smaller baits during this time of year, as barbel tend to feed less aggressively in colder water temperatures. Try using baits like worms, maggots or small pellets to increase your chances of success.
    • Try using a barbel bait with lots of smell and flavour. This will help attract the barbel to your swim. Second, try to create the maximum amount of attraction with the minimum amount of feed. This will help keep the barbel in your swim longer
    • Finally, experiment with a bright bait. Barbel are very inquisitive fish, and using a bright bait will help draw their attention to your hook.

Catching a barbel in winter may not be easy, but it's definitely worth it. These tough little fish will put up quite a fight—but that's all part of the fun! Just remember to use small baits, experiment with bright hookbaits, and fish deep waters for the best chance at success. And most importantly, don't give up! With a little patience, you'll be able to add this prized fish to your angling repertoire.