Catfish Fishing From A Farm Pond

What are some good tactics for catching catfish in a farm pond? I can see them down there, but I can’t catch them!

The key to getting those farm raised catfish out of your pond is in the bait. You know that cats will eat just about anything on earth. Well, farm raised cats get used to the food you give them everyday. So, the best way to get them coming up to where you can catch them is to switch up the bait. I would recommend using something much stinkier and more “live” than you usually do when you want to catch them. This way, they’ll go after the special treat you have on the end of your hook. Another thing that will get those cats is to delay the feeding time on them. You are feeding them at the same time everyday, and they’re getting used to it. When you want to pull some of those cats out of the pond, let them go hungry for a little bit. Go out there several hours later than you usually do, throw in your fancy bait, and you’ll see them coming up to the surface for it. Another thing about catching farm raised catfish is that they are especially skittish. That pond just isn’t very big, and if you are out there stomping around, they’ll run for the bottom or anywhere they can hide. You have to be especially careful about how you cast your line when fishing a small pond. They’re not used to so much activity. You also have to be careful about making noise or shining lights around. Be extra careful when you’re fishing your pond, and you’ll pull out plenty of good eatin’ catfish.


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

2 Responses to “Catfish Fishing From A Farm Pond”

  1. ANDY says:

    how can i keep shad alive? i catch a bunch but they die fast.

  2. DAN says:

    I HAVE USED THIS WITH SUCCESS IN PONDS STOCKED WITH FED CATFISH. TAKE A HOT GLUE GUN AND GLUE FISHFOOD ON TO TREBLE HOOKS. YOU ARE BAITING THEM WITH WHAT THEY ARE USED TO BEING FED. ENOUGH FOOD AND THE HOOKS WILL FLOAT OR SINK SLOWLY. I USE A SNAP SWIVEL TO MAKE IT EASY TO CHANGE HOOKS, NO SINKER REQUIRED. CANE POLE WORKS GREAT AS THERE IS NO WATER DISTURBANCE FROM CASTING

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