You always hear bass fishermen talk about "Patterns" but you never hear catfishermen talk about them. Those bass guys know what there talking about. Patterns are as important in consistantly catching catfish as they are in catching bass.
First find them. If water is high, you might want to try shallow. If water is low, you might want to try deep. Are they holding near structure? Are they holding by the drop offs? If so, on the top side of the drop off or bottom side. There are many other variables also to finding them. Weather, time of year, time of day, water temperature, dirty water, clean water, and many others.
Next, bait. Catfishermen have more of a challenge when comes to bait than those bass guys do. Bass fishermen can have a tackle box full of what ever lure they may need. Different colors, sizes, crank baits, spinerbaits, rubber worms, you name it. They have it right there ready to go at a moments notice. Catfishermen have to have a live bait or atleast a bait that was once alive. There is stink bait but that doesn't always work. I like to take with me atleast a couple different types of bait.
Patterns can be hard to nail down. Patterns can change through out the day too. So if your out catfishing and your not having any luck, make an adjustment. Try a different type of area or try a different bait. Maybe it's the size of the bait. Maybe there finicky and want a small bait or maybe the bait isn't large enough. Establish a pattern and you'll put more catfish in the boat. I gaurantee it.
We have formed a new catfish club Big Sioux Cat Anglers please visit the web site bigsiouxcatanglers.com for upcoming catfish tournaments any questions contact Jeff Nohava at 712 551-6637 or email@example.com
05/08/2008 @ 06:00 AM Contributed by: bigjake Views:: 3,189
By Lowell Washburn
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
LUNKERS --- Doug Blumer, Mason City, displays a 14.5 pound, 31 ½-inch channel catfish caught this week on the Harbor Inn Fishing Jetty located at the west end of Clear Lake. A number of large catfish are currently being reported from anglers across the state.
Photo by: Lowell Washburn
Mention the words giant catfish and most anglers will turn their thoughts toward hot and humid summer weather, late night fishing excursions, and the potent aroma of fermenting stink bait. And while it’s true that Iowa’s own Mister Whiskers does indeed love the spa atmosphere, the sport of catfishing does have another, less known aspect that most anglers neglect.
When winter ends and the ice comes off Iowa lakes and streams, channel ‘cats are as eager to feed as any other gamefish. Forget those rancid homemade concoctions and commercial stink baits, they’re just not necessary right now. Although catfish will scavenge during early spring, they are also highly aggressive predators and are more than willing to hunt down live meals.
Regardless of whether spring anglers choose to fish lakes or rivers, those in the know head to wherever tile lines or natural tributary streams empty into larger waters. Minnows [bigger the better] are the universal bait of choice. Having said that, it should also be noted that the 14 ½ pounder pictured on this page was hooked on a tiny crappie minnow. Just goes to show that there are few hard and fast rules in the world of angling. When it comes to spring fishing, just getting out there can be the most important ingredient to success.
Bloomington, Minn. - Taylor Troendel from Harpers Ferry was personally
honored for her winning artwork of the Channel Catfish, a popular Iowa
game fish. The event was held at Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn.,
during the 9th Annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Expo. Minnesota
Governor Tim Pawlenty proclaimed July 21 “Wildlife Forever State-Fish
Art Day” as Smokey Bear and the U.S. Forest Service distributed 5,000
White Pine tree seedlings to Mall visitors.
06/07/2007 @ 01:39 AM Contributed by: bigjake Views:: 6,567
By Joe Wilkinson
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Approaching the wood-and-wire cages, the boat swung left and came up
alongside. On board, Cody Davis and Corey Simpson positioned themselves
on either side of the 25-gallon half-barrel. With the lid of the
floating cage flipped open, they upended the barrel, pouring a stream of
little catfish into the cage.
Some of you may have read my article on Jug fishing in Iowa from last year. For those of you who have not, I was told by the DNR at Lake Darling it was illegal. After doing some research and contacting the Des Moines office, it was determined by the assistant cheif of law enforcment for the DNR that jug fishing is indeed a legal means of catching catfish. Well, that was round one apparently as I thought this was all cleared up with the DNR and park rangers at the lake. I took another week long vacation this July at Lake Darling with jugs in tote. The second day I notice a boat cruising through my jugs, no big deal the lake is for everybody but this guy starts picking them up and putting them in his boat. Now I'm a little ticked! I jump in my boat and head his way to find out that it is a DNR officer. He told I was fishing illegaly using jugs and that he just gave another fella a ticket for jug fishing with three jugs. Now I know you can only have two jugs per person and we did have three out but there was also 3 of us fishing and we were all within sight of the jugs just as the law reads. After a long disscusion with this officer about what I had went through the previouse year and that I had spoke with his superior who told me I was legal, he finally said I could continue to jug fish but he was going to talk to the assistant cheif and if he found out anything different, he would come back to see me. I never herd from him again.
Two days later found me cleaning 4 fish at the fish cleaning station including one nice 28lb flathead. While in the process of cleaning I noticed a DNR truck parked by my camp site. The next thing I know here comes yet another two DNR officers over to talk to me. They asked how big the flathead was and if I had caught him while jug fishing. When I told him that I did use the jugs to catch the catfish he too told me it was illegal. So I again had to train yet another DNR officer on the rules of jug fishing. Oh, I almost forgot, the wife said they went through my boat and checked my minnow bucket as well before they came to talk to me. apparently "lack of communication" is not something just at my place of employment.
Talk about taking the relaxation away from a man on vacation. I was nervouse just trying to go pee in the camper because the jugs were not in sight. Glad the wife bought a fishing license.
As if that was'nt enough, here comes DNR officer/park ranger visit #3. Ok, now my camper was set up right by the lake and I can sit in my lawn chair and watch the jugs. Just to the left of my jugs is a orange marker tied off to something damn hard under the surface (took a chunk out of my new prop) anyway, here he comes #3 that is. He must have been counting the jugs as he was walking over to me. He asked if the orange jug was mine as well. DUH! I told him the orange marker stays with the lake that it is marking something underneath the surface. He said he was new to the area and had'nt seen it before. I shouls of told it was his jug and that he was illegal for not keeping it in sight.
We'll enough venting for today. I will make yet another call to Des Moines and try to get them to send out a memo to all DNR staff who work the lakes to see if someone in Iowa can fish with jugs leagally without being harrassed by DNR officials. Spenc