Catch Catfish: Easy Techniques for Delicious Results

Catfish are a popular target for anglers due to their prevalence, ease to catch, and delicious taste. Here’s a basic guide to get you started in catfishing:

Prime Catfish Targets:

  • Channel catfish: Widely distributed, grows to 6 lbs, good table fare.
  • Blue catfish: Largest North American catfish, reaching over 100 lbs.
  • Flathead catfish: Nocturnal, grows to over 50 lbs, a challenge to catch.


  • Small streams, rivers (especially near dams), ponds, and lakes (deeper channels).


  • Rod and Reel: Medium-heavy power setup with at least 100 yards of 20-pound test line (heavier for bigger fish).
  • Hooks: Circle hooks (size 1/0 to 12/0) are popular.
  • Sinkers: Weight depends on current and depth (1/2 to 10 ounces).
  • Baits:
    • Live bait (nightcrawlers, minnows, sunfish) – best for bigger catfish.
    • Cut bait (shad, bluegill) – matches their natural food.
    • Stink bait (various formulas) – strong odor attracts catfish from afar.
    • Other options: chicken livers, shrimp, hotdogs (unconventional but effective).

Basic Techniques:

  • Bank Fishing: Cast bait and let it soak, allowing scents to attract catfish.
  • Boat Fishing: Anchor upstream or drift bait along promising areas.


  • Catfish have a strong sense of smell. Use baits that emit attractive odors.
  • Set the hook when the bobber goes under or the line goes slack.
  • Catfish fight hard. Use sturdy gear to land your catch.

Enjoy! Catfish are fun to catch and delicious to eat.

Images/Source: Wired2Fish

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