Catfish is a broad category of many different species. Adult catfish can weigh less than a pound to several hundred pounds. Catfish live in many types of water, including lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. Believe it or not, one type of catfish can even stay on dry land for limited amounts of time. The state record for a blue catfish comes from the Kansas River. Kansas’ Elk City Reservoir boasts the state record for a flathead catfish and Mined Land was home to the state record channel catfish.
Most catfish are bottom feeders; however, they will eat almost anything. Catfish have a strong sense of smell which helps them search for and find food sources. Fishermen can use this to their advantage when fishing by using strong-smelling bait. However, catfish has also been caught on fast moving lures.
Except for extreme cold water conditions, channel catfish can be caught throughout the year. The best fishing times are spring and fall. You can also catch them in the summer. The wintertime is the worse time to fish for catfish. Channel fish consume crawfish and small fish. The best areas to find catfish are in brushy areas that act as cover for small fish and where gravel or rock is located (where crawfish live). In the summertime, fish in mossy areas as catfish love eating moss.
Because of the different varieties of catfish, the different locations where they live and the different bait you can use, fishing for catfish never gets old. Depending on the type of catfish, you could end up netting a catfish weighing more than a hundred pounds. Kansas’s ponds, reservoirs, streams, rivers and lakes are ripe with many different types of catfish. If you hook a large catfish, be ready for a fight. You will need to let them wear themselves out before you drag one of these large monster catfish in.
Anything that resembles food or emits an odor will typically catch a catfish’s attention. Most catfish fishermen have their own recipe that they use while fishing for catfish. These ingredients may include chicken, shrimp, stink bait, liver or even nonfood items like soap. Develop your own bait by finding the stinkiest foods like old shrimp, chicken livers or beef liver.