When Are The Catfish Biting?

When are catfish most active in terms of biting?

Catfish are most active in the early mornings and the early evenings. Just after sun up and just before sun down are great times to catch catfish. This is not always the case, depending on location. In some lakes, rivers and ponds, you might find that catfish come out at different times, but as a general rule, early morning and early evening are the best times to catch catfish. These are the times of day when they are coming out of the depths and looking for food, so it’s the best time to have your bait where they can get it. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t catch catfish during the days or the nights. Catfish are known to be especially active during the day in the summer time. Again, this depends a little on your particular neck of the woods. You can also sometimes catch big cats at night. Big catfish in some lakes and streams go out at night for a midnight snack. The best time of year to catch catfish depends on your area. Usually, when the weather starts to cool down, catfish feed as much as they can and they are quite active. They also might be more likely to take chances and come closer to the surface. In most parts of the country, spawning season in the early spring just after the winter thaw, is a great time to catch catfish. Just when the ice starts melting, you’ll see lots of catfish feeding activity. My advice is to just get out there to your local fishing hole and try fishing at different times of the day. See when they’re out most, and that’s when you should have your line in the water.


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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