River Catfish Fishing

Now, you may be wondering how to go about getting such excellent river catfish fishing results. After all, not just any fishing excursion will produce these wildly enormous species of fish. There are certain areas that could be targeted where you are more likely to find catfish anyway and where the mother load may be waiting for you. First, try looking for sharp drop-offs under the water – catfish tend to enjoy both deep holes and along the edges of a drop-off. Also, large catfish are rarely found in shallows and typically hide on the bottom of deep, murky waters. Find slower moving areas of the Mississippi or tributaries that are at least 40-50 feet deep and are not extremely clear. Also check in cover – near the shoreline, you’ll find that stumps, moss, trash deposited by humans (especially things like sunken cars), and other cover are greatly preferred by these bottom feeders. Anywhere that you find a lock or dam will be a huge attraction for catfish, and this can provide some of the best river catfish fishing around.

If you are having trouble, river catfish fishing only gets better after dark, so plan a nighttime fishing trip on the Mississippi. Because it’s dark, you may even find your giant targets coming closer to the shore so that you don’t even have to get out on a boat.

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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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