10 Great Fishing Tips for Catfish

Want to hook more good-eating, hard-fighting catfish? These 10 tips can help.

  1. Fish the morning shift. Catfishermen often disregard one of the best fishing times—dawn. On many waters, catfish activity peaks just as the sun rises. Be fishing at daybreak, and your catch rate may soar.
  2. Don’t cast a shadow. Catfish spook when a shadow crosses the water. Remember this when fishing. Keep the sun in your face or to your side, not at your back, to avoid casting a shadow on the water you’re fishing.

  3. Worms for trophy flatheads. Done this way, worms entice big flatheads almost as well as live-fish baits. Run an 8/0 Kahle hook through one end of a worm, then run it back through the worm’s collar, leaving the end of the worm hanging. Continue with additional worms. You want as many loose ends as possible and enough worms to create a tennis-ball-sized wad. Small fish—sunfish, suckers, etc.—will nibble the worms when they’re fished on the bottom. A big cat nearby will watch the little fish, and if nothing disturbs it, Ol’ Jumbo knows it’s safe to go out and eat. When you notice the nibbling stop, that means the small fish are fleeing as the big cat approaches. Prepare for a strike. Read more

Those wonderful, yummy crappie

CrappieLast week, I did something I love to do: I went crappie fishing.

I don’t get to crappie fish near as often as I want. And when I do get to go, I often discover the fish were biting marvelously the day before yesterday and the week before last, but for some strange reason, the bite at the time of my visit is sadly off.

“They got a bad case of lockjaw about the time you pulled out of your driveway this morning,” I often hear.

Not so this time. The crappie in my favorite lake were on a tear, gorging on threadfin shad to get in shape for the spawning season just ahead. Even I had no trouble hooking and landing them.

I was fishing with four friends: Jerry Blake, Jim Erickson, Darryl Morris and Brian Rodgers. We had been fishing just minutes when Erickson hoisted an almost-2-pound crappie into the boat, and Blake quickly followed with another dandy. I got snagged in a brushpile right off the bat, but soon landed a crappie, too—a 1-pound-plus black crappie full of fight. Read more

Ice Out Small Pond Bass

Thank God spring is finally in the air. For most of the country, this has been a winter for the record books. Ice is going to be slowly disappearing from lakes and ponds all over the Midwest and some of the best fishing of the year is getting ready to start. Bass fishing especially picks up even before the ice is completely off of the water. There are a few tricks on smaller bodies of water for those early season bass. With a little luck, you just might catch your biggest fish of the year before the season really even gets started.

Slow Rolling a G&G Bait Company Original

Slow Rolling a G&G Bait Company Original

First off, when it comes to bass fishing these early season ponds, focusing on the north end will put you right where the fish will be. This area receives the most sunlight throughout the day so naturally this section will be the warmest. Since this side is the warmest, it will also have the most active early spring life such as insects, lizards, frogs, etc. Bass will be right there up against the shoreline in that warmer water too trying to put on weight while getting ready for spawn. Read more