How do I catch blue catfish during the day?

I realize that Blue Catfish are easier to catch at night and in the early morning but I was wondering if there is a technique that would work during the day?

The blue catfish are nocturnal feeders so yes, the best time to catch them feeding is after dark. If you want to try fishing for the Blue Cats during the day, however, here are a few tips that might help. First of all, Blue Catfish don’t like direct sunlight and will tend to head for structure when the sun is high. If you can find an area that is well shaded and littered with broken rocks or driftwood you might have some luck. Large boulders will sometimes also provide enough shade for the Blue Catfish. You might also find them congregating around a small feeder creek if no structure is available. In a river, concentrate on the shallow water in areas where the fish may find it difficult to move upstream. A large logjam would be a good example. Placing your bait directly behind the jam or under the backside is perfect. Wading or walking around this type of structure works best and allows you to work the bait into the areas the catfish are more likely to be hiding.


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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