Catfish Fishing in Texas – How to Catch Those Trophy Blues

How to Catch ‘Em?

Texas catfish are like cats all over the world – they love live bait, especially bait that stinks. In Texas, you can catch lots of shinners, night crawlers, crickets and worms to put at the end of your line. This is also crawdad country, and if you take a little time and catch some, it will pay you big time. Of course the old standards like stink bait, chicken liver, bacon and hot dogs work great. Thank heavens they aren’t picky eaters!

Trotlining is a great way to catch catfish in Texas. Put your hooks at intervals of 3 feet, and use something around a 4/0. Also, make sure that your line is tight but not too tight that it won’t give at all. And make sure you tie your line to something sturdy but not so sturdy that it won’t give. You don’t want your line to snap. A tree limb or low branch works much better than tying your line to a tree.

Juglining also gets you a lot of cats in Texas. You’ll see lots of juglines set out in the major fishing spots, especially in Texoma. This is because those giant blues that are so abundant in Texas fall for the juglines easily. Also, Texas fishing regulations are pretty lenient. Juglining in teams is a big activity on the major lakes of Texas, kind of like going out for a big deer hunt.

There’s nothing anywhere quite like Texas. Like Ernest Tubb said, there’s a little bit of everything in Texas… including trophy blue catfish!

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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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