The United States has some of the best rivers for catfishing in the world. And usually the most popular fish for river catfishing is the channel catfish. The channel catfish does not get as big as the flathead catfish and their flesh is not as delectable though still very good. You can get some pretty nice sized catfish anyway and have a blast fighting these mothers when they get on the line.
Here are two tips to help insure you'll have a great river catfishing trip:
1. Set yourself up at a bend in the river. Usually here there'll be eddies. An eddy is a current that flows in the opposite direction of the prevailing current caused by the current contracting against the bank creating a back flow. Catfish love to hang out in these spots. If the bend has debris hanging or sitting in the water even better because it provides the catfish protection. Also, eddies tend to produce a digging action in the bank providing a perfect place for the catfish to set up a nesting site.
2. Look for places where there are tree overhangs. During the day this produces a shade over the river. Remember that cats like hiding places and shade so finding a nice bend with an eddy and some shade not only gives the catfish more than a feeling of safety but also provides you a nice place to get in out of the sun. Since catfish seems to like to feed in the morning and evening an overhang would not seem to be that important but think about this. The more shade there is the more the cat will be able to be in shadow.
A Fisherman's Secret
Now for the thing that is the mark of a true fishermen: patience. Drop your line in the water, no need really for casting since you are going to do most of your fishing along river banks. Just find a spot as outlined above and wait. Do not bob the line up and down or move it back and forth in an effort to try and attract the catfish. Let it lay still as possible. Let them come to you.
Got a camp chair? Bring a camp chair. Set your ice chest up with some cold ones, sit back and enjoy. Wait for at least 20 minutes. If no bites or strikes move on to the next spot. If you do not mind whether you catch a fish or not just sit there anyway and enjoy the scenery. Nothing wrong with that. Maybe the best thing to "catch" on your fishing trip is a few and much needed peaceful moments outside under the beautiful beautiful sky. This can help you gain true patience – just being out there with no real agenda.
There is, of course, always more things to learn about any skill or hobby but just keeping these three tips in mind will help make your river catfishing more successful and enjoyable.