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Where To Find Catfish

How to Find and Locate Catfish

This is meant to serve as a general guide for finding fish, patterns will vary slightly by water bodies and seasons, as well as water temperatures and time of the day.

 

Rivers and Creeks

Look for holes and changes in the bottom depth where swift water stops or starts and forms pools, look for the deepest parts of these pools. Rocks, trees, rip rap, brush piles and other structure around these holes often hold kitties. Look for breaks in currents where baitfish hold up, catfish lurk in these areas and wait for an easy prey to ambush. Undercuts in banks where creeks and rivers turn and bend are common catfish hideouts.

In swift waters channel cats will position themselves in spots to feed and rest - generally near structure that breaks the current. Focus your fishing efforts around such structures. Look for feeder creeks and changes in bottom depths that catfish may follow. Catfish love to follow paths on the bottom of the water and will often run smaller creek channels on the bottom to feed. Any place where two waters feed together are often prime spots.

For channel cats, fish shallow water during the spring and as the days heat up in the summer remember that they will often move to deeper water during the heat of the day, and return shallow at night. They typically will still hold to structure and changes in bottom depth.

 

Lakes

When fishing lakes look for shallow waters that have access to deeper waters. Shallow waters with structures such as trees, brush piles and rocks and changes in bottom depth hold fish. Old creek channels, river channels, stock ponds, roads or train tracks are common paths that fish will follow to feed.

Submerged structure such as buildings and foundations harbor catfish also. They often cling to this underwater structure.

In spring fish will be feeding in this shallow water. As the weather warms up and we have very hot days move deeper during the day if you have no shallow water success, they will return shallow as the day cools.

Sloughs, creeks and channels feeding from the lakes that have good lots of submerged trees and structure are catfish havens. Fish along this structure especially along the edges where bottom depth changes.

Look for Cormorant roosts. You will usually find these roosts in flooded trees over water. Large groups of these birds roost after dark. If you are fishing during the day and the birds are gone, just look for trees over the water that are covered in white bird droppings. When you locate the roosts, be gentle in sliding your boat into position and slide in under the roosts. Be quiet because the kitties are likely feeding under these roosts and are easily spooked. The roosts can usually be found from December to April.

 

Dam Tailraces

Tailraces of dams are excellent catfishing locations, especially when the dams are releasing water. This is where many of the people who fish monster flatheads fish. Fishing below dams you can use a large slip rig or 3 way rig with a heavy sinker and cast in between the gates where the water is not as swift or you can use a bobber style rig and let your bait drift.

These areas produce nice catches of all different kinds of fish when they are letting out water because the fish feed on the dead/shocked baitfish after it comes through the dam.

 

Drift Fishing

Drift fishing is good way to catfish if you have a boat. Every so often the fish are finicky, chumming is not successful and you just cannot seem to get on the fish. If you have a boat, drifting can work really well.

When drifting, you keep your bait of choice off the bottom. Using a bottom bouncer rig is the best option. You simply drift across the water in areas where you suspect would hold catfish which lets you bait cover large areas without you having to pickup and move spaces.

Many people freeze concoctions of ground up shad or shrimp in water and tie a rope through them which they suspend in the water for dirfting, this can help attract or "chum" for fish.

Drift fishing works very well in deep waters especially around dams or rocky areas. You have a tendency to get hung up a lot while drifting but using a bottom bouncer rig will help with this. The other option is to use a slip bobber rig and keep your bait 12-18 inches off the bottom.

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Regardless of whether you are fishing a river, lake or pond pay close attention to where you are fishing. Watch your surroundings and pay attention to depth, structure and everything involved when you are successful. Remember these conditions for future trips, because these are the places that will typically hold the fish. Don't rely too much on electronics and learn to spot the catfish hideouts, and it will pay off in the end.

 

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