Catfish Fishing Tips


catfish typesThe 3 major types of catfish that most anglers have heard of are channel catfish, flathead catfish, and blue catfish.  There are also white catfish which are smaller and usually don’t exceed 20 inches as well as a variety of bullhead that rarely exceed 10 inches.  Channel catfish are most popular because they are found in so many types of waters.  Channel catfish can be found throughout the country in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds.  Most channel catfish are in the 2 to 3 pound range, but there are lots of channel cats caught over 10 pounds with a world record over 50 pounds.  Flathead catfish are almost as popular.  They are found throughout a large portion of the country and are very common in rivers and reservoirs.  Flathead grow bigger with average fish above 5 pounds in most rivers, many fish caught over 50 pounds and a world record over 100 pounds.  Blue catfish grow very big also.  They are located throughout the central and southern parts of the United States.  There aren’t as many blue catfish as there are flatheads and channel cats, but the blue catfish that do exist grow very big.  50 pound blue catfish are not unheard of and the world record is listing at over 100 pounds.

line-3Sewell’s Favorites – Best 3 Catfish Baits

There are so many good prepared baits on the market for catfish.  It’s hard to choose just 3, but these 3 listed below will definitely get the job done.

little stinker catfish dip

Little Stinker Catfish Baits
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danny kings punch bait

Danny King’s Catfish Punch Bait
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sonny kings catfish bait

Sonny’s Channel Catfish Dip Bait
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Catfish Fishing Basics (Quick Links)

Here are some quick links to the basics you should know about Catfish.  For more detailed information, take a look below.

  • Habitat
  • Fishing Rigs
  • Live Baits
  • Lures
  • Rod & Reel Recommendations
  • Fishing Line Recommendations

line-3Fishing Rigs & Lures for Catfish

Fishing Rigs

  • Carolina Rig
  • Drop Shot Rig
  • Slip Bobber Rig

Fishing Lures

We recommend using live baits, dead baits and natural baits when fishing for catfish, but it is not uncommon to hear of anglers catching catfish on a variety of lures too. Some of the popular lures that will entice an occasional catfish bite are jigs and crankbaits.

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more categories

Different Depths of Water

  • Shallow Water
  • Deep Water
  • Suspended
  • Bottom Fishing

Spawning Time

  • Spawning Time

Types of Water


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