In this section you will find practical tips for fishing for channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish. Tips for freshwater fishing and more information tackle box.
Known for its whiskers like a cat, the catfish provides great freshwater fishing and is great for the table as well. The most common species of catfish is the channel catfish, although blue catfish and flathead catfish are very popular as well.
TIPS FOR FISHING BAGRES
If you want to look for this freshwater fish on your walk, here are some tips that will help you:
- Catfish are benthic, that is, they prefer a clean bottom of sand and gravel in the largest lakes and rivers.
- Most catfish are opportunistic eaters, which means they will eat almost anything, but they usually look for “smelly bait.” The whiskers of a catfish are loaded with sensory cells that allow them to locate food by smell. Take advantage of this by using baits with strong odors. If you want to use live bait, use cuts of mullet, shrimp, worms or crayfish. If you prefer artificial lures, look for factory-smelling baits. If you choose the homemade bait method, use chicken liver or gizzards.
- Catfish typically feed at night, because that’s when temperatures get cold. Consider (especially in the heat of summer) fishing in the afternoon or at night and you will see more action at the end of the line.
- If you catch the catfish from a boat, try trawling. Put your bait in a triple rig and let your boat drift along the stream, and let the bait go behind the boat.
- If you fish from the shore, consider using a longer rod, so that you can throw the line into the deeper waters where the catfish is.