Catfish – another fish that is just about everywhere in the whole world. One fish you can expect to find in the lake or in the river. Where you fish, there is likely to be catfish. If you have ever eaten catfish at home or in the restaurant, you know how good they taste. They are well worth catching. They don’t get the good ‘press’ that the more showy game fish get, but they are still a challenge if you want a big one. Let’s look at where you might find these catfish and remember this tip the next time you want to catch a meal for the family.
If you are in a lake, be sure you are fishing from a boat. Getting a big one on your line and not being able to direct it away from weeds, stumps, and logs will hamper your chances of landing him. Look for the bigger catfish near a drop off in the underground structure of the lake. The structure does not have to be a violent change in the bottom for catfish to feel comfortable. A sloping change will be a potentially good spot also. I don’t think catfish like the bright sunlight very much and I doubt you will find many big ones in the shallow water if the day is bright. So, fishing from a boat will allow you to find and fish those drop-offs conveniently. One additional consideration when fishing during the daylight hours and that is: water temperature plays a big part of where the catfish will be. If it is very warm, they will be deep and if it is cold, they will rise to a level where the temp and the oxygen level is higher that the very bottom of the lake. A place I have found some good fishing during the summer; is where there is a brook or stream coming into the lake. The oxygen level is quite high in that fresh water coming in and some good fish can be found there.
I want to move on to fishing for catfish in the river, but I do want you to put this little tip in the back of your head and call it up when you go fishing for catfish. That is: if you are constantly catching little ones, or constantly re-baiting your hook because small fish are taking the bait, move to another spot. I have never found a spot that is loaded with small fish, really produce big fish. Sometimes, if the small fish quit biting, there may be some larger ones moving in the same area, but don’t wait too long to decide to move.
Catfish in a River
When you fish for catfish on a river, it will probably be from the bank. That being the case, check on the following tips as they will help you prepare for success.
#1 – Pick out a spot along the river that is clean. You don’t want rocks and brush to get into your way when you are trying to bring up on shore the big one you have been hoping for.
#2 – If you can, check with some local guys who fish there often and ask them what are the fish biting on? If no one is available, use night crawlers or chicken livers or whatever is your favorite as catfish will eat almost anything.
#3 – If you have a sinker or two, put them on your line. If you don’t, just let your line float on the current but be sure not to allow too much slack. A tight line is best. You might have to wait for some time for a bite, but when you get one, it will produce a violent jerk downward. Be sure you are ready and set the hook with a quick upstroke of your rod. What Fun!! Try to keep him out of the rocks ands brush as best you can from the shore. Remember this when fishing in a river. Some of the largest catfish ever – have come from rivers
GOOD FISHING EVEYONE!!