High-Water Kittyfish

Is catfishing after a good rain or storm a good time to fish, in high swift muddy water?

It can be difficult, and a little dangerous to fish after a heavy rain, especially around rivers, because they might rise on you while you are concentrating on fish. But yes, catfish do actively feed in flood waters, and they love swift water. Because of the muddy water, the catfish will not be able to see as good, so you might want to use baits with a heavy smell, like dough baits, punch baits, or rotten meat. Chicken livers work well at this time, and so does cut shad.

There are a few issues to keep in mind when fishing after a rain. Aside from the danger of rising waters, there will also be a lot of debris floating around, some of which can be dangerous. If you are in a boat, be aware of what’s going on around you at all times, and on shore be especially alert. Water Moccasins are often stirred up by rains and flooding, and are usually in a foul mood, so watch out for them.

Happy Fishing.


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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