Catfish Fishing

24 March 2011 For The Angler

Catfish may be ugly, but any angler that has battled with a big channel cat will attest that catfish beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

Bullhead Catfish

These are the small ones, usually less than 1kg. They have slimy skin and nasty spikes on the ends of their fins.  Be careful when you take them off the hook.

Basic Equipment for Beginners

Five foot light action rod and reel combination with 4 pound line.


Dew worms

Location – Where to Catch Catfish

Shallow areas of lakes with lots of weeds and muddy bottoms. They prefer warmer water.
The best water temperature for bullhead catfish is about 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit). Source: Ontario MNR
Bullheads are bottom feeders locating their food by taste and smell.

Technique – How to Catch Catfish

Small hook and sinker combination.
Usually caught from shore or off the dock at night.

Channel Catfish

These are the big ones. In many places they weigh up to 12kg.

Basic Equipment

5.5 foot medium action rod with spinning reel and 10 pound line.


Dew worms, crayfish, dead minnow.


Channel catfish prefer fast moving water in rivers or lakes that is not too cold.
The best water temperature for channel catfish is about 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit). Source: Ontario MNR


Use a baited hook and slip sinker rig, fished on the bottom.
Channel Catfish are more active in the early morning and late afternoon or early evening.

A big channel catfish will put up a great fight. Be ready!