What Size Tackle For Channel Catfish

What size tackle do you recommend for channel catfish fishing?

The size of the tackle should always match the size of the fish. Channel cats are pretty large, but you don’t want to over-do it either. If you are fishing for channel cats in a river or stream, it is always best to go with a long rod. This is because a longer rod allows you more control over where you put your sinker, and you can move it around more easily once it’s in the water. Also make sure it’s a tough rod, since channel cats will fight, and you also might have a current to deal with. If you are fishing in a lake or pond, you can go with a shorter rod length. I would always go with a medium-heavy or heavy action rod when fishing for channel cats. Choose a rod that is at least 6 feet long, and as long as 10 feet, if you are comfortable using a rod that long. The reel doesn’t matter too much, as long as it’s tough enough to handle a fighting channel cat on the other end. They aren’t as hard to reel in as blues, but they’ll still put up a good fight. When buying your line, keep in mind that most channel cats aren’t much more than 10 pounds. You should use a slip sinker, and always go with the lightest weight possible that will still keep your hook down. There should be no resistance in the line. Channel cats can feel that, and they won’t take a bite if they know it’s on an angler’s line.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

One Response to “What Size Tackle For Channel Catfish”

  1. Losa Wallace says:

    UHi there this past weekend I caught a 7lb cat in modesto. This is my second catch ever and now I am “hooked”… My question is how the heck can I humainly kill it??? Lol this question seems silly but I would love input….

    Thanks
    Lisa marie

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