Bottom Feeder

Where are catfish located, are they bottom feeders

Catfish are primarily bottom feeders but they can be caught at other depths as well. You generally will not see a Catfish attack a fast moving artificial lure but you will occasionally catch one on a minnow suspended a few feet underneath a bobber. They can and will attack baits that are not positioned on the bottom. Locating Catfish can vary depending on what type of water you are fishing and the time of year you are fishing. Typically in rivers you will find small catfish all over the place. The bigger Catfish can be a bit more difficult however. They generally get the best ambush points in the river. If you find a deep hole that is adjacent to shoreline and other forms of structure you have an excellent location. Big Catfish can be caught in very close proximity to shore if the water conditions are correct. Too often I will see river anglers casting their baits out into the fast barren water in the middle of the river, not aware that the species they seek inhabits the slower moving shoreline areas that are full of structure and full of smaller fish to prey upon. While they do not always feed on the bottom, that is the best place to fish for big Catfish. I would use a live fish or a chunk of freshly killed fish as bait. Keep your hooks sharp and cast it into an area you feel is good and simply wait for the inevitable hit.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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