Catfish Fishing Tips



A Few Basic Catfish Fishing Tips

Sitting on a shady river bank watching the waves creep in and out might give some a hankering to drop a line into the water and catch the evening meal.  In many parts of the country that meal would surely consist of catfish. Finding the perfect spot is the first order of business though, as catfish do not just hang out anywhere. Here is where a few catfish fishing tips come in handy.

All rivers, lakes and creeks-or so they say, in the South have catfish in them. Some of the best catfish fishing you will ever find is probably at the mouth of a small creek as it empties into a lake right after a big rain. The best catfish fishing tips claim catfish feed on smaller fish, aquatic invertebrates, crayfish, mollusks and insect larvae. Being aggressive feeders, catfish are good at finding areas abundant in any or all of the above; hence finding that perfect spot should yield a dense population of the whiskered fish.

Other catfish fishing tips indicate that this fish-being a scavenger tends to feed on the waste matter of larger birds.  Now, as unpleasant as that might sound, downstream from a large flock of wading birds is as good a place as any to drop a hook into the water. While many claim different types of bizarre concoctions as the ‘super’ or perfect bait, for catching catfish there are some pretty standard offerings that yield pretty decent results.

Shad is probably the most effective bait to use for catfish fishing. Cut in smaller pieces the catfish’s love of it attracts them readily. Also, most lists of catfish fishing tips include chicken livers as another good option, as well as night crawlers, worms, and crawfish. Actually, all major species of catfish feed on crawfish naturally yet, it is one of the most overlooked catfish baits.

It is helpful if one is aware that catfish are attracted to food mainly by their sense of smell. Baits that are on a hook for any length of time tends to lose its juices, hence it’s attracting odor. Serious catfish fishermen are diligent to change baits frequently-every 30 minutes or so will keep the scent fresh.  Be sure to use a hook that can successfully hold the size fish you are hoping to catch; a 3/0 or 4/0 hook is good for an average size catfish.

Catfish stay close to the shaded areas of their waters, and are night dwellers by nature.  Though many claim they can catch a catfish anytime of day, most agree night is the time this fish does most of its feeding. If catfish is on your menu for anytime in the near future, set up shop around dusk on a night with no moon and plan on making an evening of it.

Unless you are having good success, changing spots through out the night is in order. You will cover more water this way, and hence more opt to catch the most fish.  As the catfish have highly developed hearing organs (more so than the average fish) it is important to be quiet. Refrain from skipping rocks across the water and blasting the jams on the shore or they will stay clear of your area.

 Fishing near a dams or reservoir is a good option for catfish fishing. Tips state the over abundance of food that the dam/reservoirs natural features provide nearly always guarantee good results. Plus the natural fall of water, or at least the constant water sounds around a dam help to camouflage your presence.


Keeping these few catfish fishing tips in mind should result in many prosperous fishing expeditions and just as many tasty catfish dinners.