As far as catfish, you may run into some catfish every once in a while, but due to the colder temperatures, it is not an ideal fishery for catfish. That doesn’t mean you can’t catch some of them in the warmer part of the lake, but you will have much better odds in Table Rock Lake or nearby Bull Shoals Lake.
Table Rock Lake is the big draw here for most people as anglers target a variety of fish on the lake. There are good numbers of catfish in Table Rock Lake with some big fish too. Most anglers don’t target them, but they are here in fishable numbers and big catfish live here too.
To learn more about the fishery here, take a look at our Table Rock Lake Catfish Fishing page.
Bull Shoals Lake isn’t too far away and it is home to some very good fishing as well. You can catch a variety of bass here as well as other fish too. For the catfish anglers, there are some very big fish in the lake with plenty of numbers that if you want to target them, you definitely can. We have an entire website dedicated to Bull Shoals Lake. To learn more, take a look at our Bull Shoals Lake Catfish fishing page.
Catfish are not too picky when it comes to what they eat, however, there are definitely some things you could learn that will help you catch more catfish. Cut baits, stink baits, cheese baits, and nightcrawlers will usually be the best baits for catfish.
Catfish feed primarily on the bottom on most bodies of water, so most anglers keep it simple with a basic bottom fishing rig. You really don’t have to complicate things too much when targeting catfish, so we recommend keeping it simple with just a few basic rigs.
To learn more, take a look at our best rigs for catfish page.
There are many different techniques that you can use when targeting catfish, but you don’t really need to do anything complicated. You are going to catch most of your catfish on the bottom while you just sit and wait. However, there are a few techniques that can be effective that you should learn if you want to put more catfish in the boat.
To learn more, take a look at our best techniques for catfish page.
Our catfish fishing section has tons of tips on the best baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.