LOCATING TEXAS CATFISH
WHERE TO FISH FOR
CATFISH AND HOW TO FISH FOR CATFISH
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Where To Find Catfish
How to Find and Locate
This is meant to serve as a
general guide for finding
fish, patterns will vary slightly by water bodies and seasons, as well
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
around these holes often hold kitties. Look for breaks in currents
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
Focus your fishing efforts around such structures. Look for feeder
and changes in bottom depths that catfish may follow. Catfish love to
paths on the bottom of the water and will often run smaller creek
on the bottom to feed. Any place where two waters feed together are
For channel cats, fish
shallow water during the
spring and as the days heat up in the summer remember that they will
move to deeper water during the heat of the day, and return shallow at
They typically will still hold to structure and changes in bottom depth.
When fishing lakes look for
shallow waters that
have access to deeper waters. Shallow waters with structures such as
brush piles and rocks and changes in bottom depth hold fish. Old creek
river channels, stock ponds, roads or train tracks are common paths
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
the day if you have no shallow water success, they will return shallow
the day cools.
Sloughs, creeks and channels
feeding from the lakes
that have good lots of submerged trees and structure are catfish
Fish along this structure especially along the edges where bottom depth
Look for Cormorant roosts.
You will usually find
these roosts in flooded trees over water. Large groups of these birds
after dark. If you are fishing during the day and the birds are gone,
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
and slide in under the roosts. Be quiet because the kitties are likely
under these roosts and are easily spooked. The roosts can usually be
from December to April.
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
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
dead/shocked baitfish after it comes through the dam.
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,
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
areas where you suspect would hold catfish which lets you bait cover
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
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
drifting but using a bottom
bouncer rig will help with this. The other option is to use a
bobber rig and
keep your bait 12-18 inches off the bottom.
Regardless of whether you
are fishing a river,
lake or pond pay close attention to where you are fishing. Watch your
and pay attention to depth, structure and everything involved when you
successful. Remember these conditions for future trips, because these
the places that will typically hold the fish. Don't rely too much on
and learn to spot the catfish hideouts, and it will pay off in the end.
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