There are few species of fish as plentiful in the world as the catfish. They come in many varieties and are found in nearly every continent. At least one species of catfish is found in every state. With their abundance, it should be easy to real them in left and right. Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy. You first need to learn where to fish for catfish.
We know that catfish are bottom feeders, so you will want to focus your attention to what is going on in the world under the surface of the water.
Where to Fish for Catfish: Based on Structures
Most fish and crustaceans are attracted to underwater structures because they provide cover, shade and increase safety. These structures are also the ideal breeding ground for underwater plant life, which attracts underwater insects and serves as a food source for smaller bait fish and crustaceans. This makes these locations some of the best locations for fishing for catfish.
To maximize your chances of catching a catfish, focus your attention around underwater stumps, down logs or large rocks. By no means should you count out man made underwater structures such as bridge supports, concrete slabs and break walls.
Where to Fish for Catfish: Based on Floor Features
Since catfish spend their time cruising the bottom of the waterways, it is important to evaluate the water conditions in their domain. It may sound basic, but catfish will be more apt the strike at your bait if it is visible to them. Choose an area with a “clean” floor like sand, gravel, stone or secure clay or mud. Avoid areas where the lake or river floor is not solid or stable. In these areas, the current will stir up dirt and debris from the floor, restricting the catfishes’ ability to spot your bait.
Where to Fish for catfish: Based on Water Conditions
If you take a deep breath on a nice spring day, you feel invigorated as the clean air fills your body with oxygen. Catfish reach the same way to fresh oxygen rich water. They are livelier and more apt to feed in waters which connect to rivers and streams.
The areas in which the water is being fed into the lake also brings bait fish, making it a prime location to fish for catfish.
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Author: Brian Ward
Feb 24, 2014