The Best Depth For Catfish

Is there a rule for the best depth to catch catfish in?

First off, the best depth for catching catfish depends on the particular body of water you are fishing. Catfish tend to be bottom dwellers, especially in lakes or ponds, so getting out where it’s good and deep is always a good idea. There are several ways to find out what the best depth is. The best, of course, is to ask the local fishermen who have been fishing the area for a while. But, they may not want to divulge their secrets, so there are other ways to find the best depth! One of these ways is to get some kind of electronic gadgets that tell you where the fish are. There are electronics that use sonar to show you exactly where they are, and then you can aim for that depth. If you aren’t a high tech kind of guy (and most of us aren’t), you can always wander around and see where you get the most strikes. This is a good idea especially if you’re new to the area or you haven’t been out catfishing for awhile. Drop your line in the water and let that sinker go to different depths. See at what depth you get the most strikes. This will give you a good idea of where they are biting. Make your way around the lake or stream as you do this to see if it varies in different parts. It always helps if you have somebody else to go around with you. It makes a quicker job of it. Most catfish stay near the bottom, but they go close to the surface during the evening and morning, when it’s feeding time. You’ll especially find them near the surface close to the shore, or an area where there is debris floating in the water, blocking the current.


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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