I heard night catfish fishing can be great… what works?

I heard night catfish fishing can be great… what works?

Night catfish fishing is a great pastime and it allows you the comfort of the dark and peace, something that can be hard to find, especially in popular locations. Catfishing is especially good at night. Catfish are, by nature, night feeders anyway, so why not offer them a meal at their regular meal time? One big difference in fishing for catfish at night as opposed to fishing for them during the daytime is the fact that during the heat of the day, they generally seek refuge in the deepest regions of their habitat. They also seek darker, shady areas. That is why you must fish areas that provide plenty of cover and fish the bottom during the day. When fishing for catfish at night, you can often fish the surface. For that reason, fishermen who like using a bobber will probably quite like fishing for catfish at night. Just look for the presence of insects on the surface and signs that something is hitting at that bait. Then, provide an appetizing entrée with lots of scent, and the catfish there are sure to take the bait. When night fishing for catfish, you also want to use larger hooks than you do at night, because the bigger catfish that normally stay on the bottom, come to the surface to feed. Try fishing near brush such as submerged trees or structure. You might also try fishing more shallow water than you would during the daylight hours. Channel catfish tend to feed off of flats in one to three feet of water at night, especially when water temperature is seventy degrees and above.


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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