General Information on Catfish Fishing

If you are dead set on catching a bit fish, catfish fishing will lead you toward targeting blue catfish or flatheads. These two breeds of catfish are the largest in the United States, each easily being over 50 pounds and with record catches of over 100 pounds each. In fact, with the exception of the alligator gar and the white sturgeon, there are not fish in North America that naturally get any larger. Flathead catfish fishing requires a good deal of patience, as these hunters are not easy to hook. The best way to reap the rewards of your efforts with this variety is to set up a trotline and leave it overnight, checking it early in the morning. Flatheads move into the shallows to feed overnight, making them easier targets during these hours rather than during the day, when they prefer deep bottoms and are less active. The blue catfish is native mostly to the Mississippi River and surrounding areas and can be found in the fastest currents of the river, almost making it dangerous to try to catch them.

Make sure that, when you go catfish fishing, you have sturdy, solid gear that will hold up under stress; it’s quite common for catfish to put up a fight. If you don’t have good gear, you could always try noodling – fishing beneath rocks and inside natural holes in rivers and lakes with your bare hands, actually hoping to get bitten!

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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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