Proven Methods For Catching Catfish

One proven method of catching Catfish is with a rod and reel. I prefer using live bait although some swear by artificial lures. You want to look for a spot that is near a brushy area or using your fishfinder, an area with a ledge or a good deep hole. Sometimes you’ll find Cats stacked in a large crevice.

When fishing for cats with this method and using live bait, you want something that will have a lot of movement to get the Cats attention. Crawdads, small perch, bluegills, minnows, shad, nightcrawlers and even bugs work well. You can also use stinkbait, chicken livers and chicken gizzards, but these have a tendency to fall off the hook unless you pack them in a holder or tie it in sections of pantyhose. There are some really good stinkbait recipes out there, although some just can’t handle the smell. Some of the more unusual bait I’ve come across for catfishing is bleu cheese, marshmellows dipped in blood and lil smokies snack sausages. Whatever you choose to use make sure to secure it to the hook good. I have the best luck just throwing my line out and letting it set, it doesn’t take long to get a bite. You can also use the cast and reel it back in method just make sure to reel it in slowly.

Cats are most active at night. They are warm water fish so the best fishing for Cats is usually between May and October depending on your location. During the colder months it’s a little more difficult to catch one, they move very sluggishly during the winter months, but once the water warms up, they are one of the more exciting fish to catch, they can put up a very good fight!

These are just a few methods you can use to catch catfish. Everyone seems to develop their own method of catching cats once they see what works for them. You may find that combining different elements from all the methods is what will work best for you.

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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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