Underwater Cathouses

What type of structure do Catfish prefer?

While most of us know that catfish are generally bottom-dwellers, and that they like deep water and smelly food, there is still a surprising variety of locales from which catfish can be taken. These variations are partly dependent of the species of catfish, and also, on the adaptability of these most flexible creatures, which have learned to live in essentially hopeless circumstances, quite happily, in many cases.

For most cats, current plays an important role in their lives, as it circulates even poor-quality water, and brings all manner of edibles to them, if they just lie in wait for it. For most cats, this means hiding on the downstream side of a large structure, and darting out to grab whatever floats into view (OK, smelling-range). With mid-sized cats, fishing around old log jams or rock outcroppings with a deep base seems to be effective. Bigger cats prefer some solitude, and so, they will often find themselves their own private spot, many times, in trenches or holes in the bottom, where the current goes over them, washing whatever floats down right into their personal pit. The downstream side of a visible bank structure is often a great spot. A look at the shoreline will often tell you a great deal about what is beneath the waterline, structurally-speaking. Look for coves and backeddies, where the current has dug out a deep gouge in the bottom, or extra-big deadfalls which have been there long enough to create these same circumstances. Again, deep water, with a strong current, and lots of places to hide, make the best haunts for big cats.


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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