Jump to content
Cale DeLozier

Can't quit catching catfish!

Recommended Posts

I'm completely new to bass fishing. Other than the few I've caught fishing off the docks here and there, I've never really done much of it. I bought a jonboat because it seemed like a good, cheap way to get out there and try it. Absolutely fell in love with it and now I'm hooked. Bought a new bass boat and can get out there some more. I'm Fishing Grand Lake in Northeastern Oklahoma and having a problem with catching catfish when I'm throwing crankbaits. It wouldn't be a problem if I was actually fishing FOR catfish but I'm not. I switched to worms and have a little better luck but not sure if its a seasonal thing or something I'm doing wrong. I'm fishing areas along the shoreline where the bluffs turn into beaches, some ledges and around docks. I've only had the boat two weeks so I'm still learning the electronics. Everytime I catch a dang catfish it takes me 10 minutes of destroying my lure to dig out both sets of treble hooks.. Then all my gear is slimy... Any thoughts?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can honestly say Im not quite sure lol Im stoked to see what people are gonna sy about this little problem youre having. At least youre still catching fish!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No way to avoid it man. Catfish are predators just like bass and attack lures like a bass will. I've caught them on all kinds of lures, even had 2 on buzzbaits last Thursday. Just something you have to deal with. Cranks and bladed jigs are the worse/best catfish catchers for me except for flatheads. Flatheads love to thump a jig. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Whats your best catfish crankbait ?  

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Caught a 7-8 pound blue in a bass tournament Friday before last on a chartreuse spinner. Thought I was in the money. 

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Only way to not catch them is fish water without catfish in it.  Just keep at em!

Jeff

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just TRY to catch catfish !

That would solve the problem for me.

  • Like 11

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I didn't know catfish would chase like that. And I thought them picking up the tail of my worm was annoying. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So far the king of catfish lures has been anything colored like a crawfish... They're hitting the topwater zara spooks as well. I'm wondering now if what I'm seeing on my lowrance unit is actually catfish and not bass.. So maybe I'm the one going for catfish and not realizing it.. Going to try for deeper water this weekend and see what I can do.. If not, the wife is going to buy some breading and oil and go for catfish I guess!

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've only had a "problem" with catfish when I'm bass fishing during their spawning times. They seem to inhabit the same spaces and bite just about anything then. I believe that's usually in spring. Looks like you need a change of scenery.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One of the ponds that I regularly fish has some aggressive catfish, I haven't caught a bass out of it since early spring. Ive pulled out many 10-15lbs catfish out of it. Im starting to believe that they are the dominant predator in that pond.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like you need to be fishing different locations, you will endure some catfish on crankbaits occasionally. But if thats all your catching, you need to relocate on the lake to a different area, or fish a bit deeper (especially in summer), or concentrate on lilypads with a frog.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Cale DeLozier said:

So far the king of catfish lures has been anything colored like a crawfish... They're hitting the topwater zara spooks as well. I'm wondering now if what I'm seeing on my lowrance unit is actually catfish and not bass.. So maybe I'm the one going for catfish and not realizing it.. Going to try for deeper water this weekend and see what I can do.. If not, the wife is going to buy some breading and oil and go for catfish I guess!

Catfish love points and flats and they will show  all over the depth finder not just hugging the bottom  . I have mistaken catfish for bass many times . 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with just about everything that Everyone has said to you !! And if you insist on staying in the same area... try some soft plastics or something with just one hook. Then you don't have to worry about your cranks being destroyed and it won't be as big of hassle to get it out ( and the bite rate of the cats might drop too) . 

Personally  I think itd be fun to catch cats on cranks. Not as beautiful (to me) as the largemouth , but often a very strong fight. And that's what I'm out there for. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Catching catfish doesnt bother me any . I love hooking into the occasional Dogfish too . 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On August 29, 2016 at 1:37 PM, the reel ess said:

I've only had a "problem" with catfish when I'm bass fishing during their spawning times. They seem to inhabit the same spaces and bite just about anything then. I believe that's usually in spring. Looks like you need a change of scenery.

early spring for me. we ususaly catch several 5-10 lb blues on t rigged lizards up here on Norman during the pre-spawn period. makes you think it's big girl at first :-/

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/29/2016 at 11:41 AM, davecon said:

Just TRY to catch catfish !

That would solve the problem for me.

This!  The only time I've caught musky (4 so far) was when I was fishing for bass and, on one lake at least, likewise for crappie.  It's impressive when a 14 inch crappy takes a 3 inch chigger craw or 5 inch super fluke.  

Just "target" catfish and they will surely go away.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not much for catfishing but a friend told me about this years ago and I was dumbfounded at how well it works. 

Local lake, spring early summer, sandy flats in 4 to 6 feet of water. Throw a rattle trap (color makes no difference) as far as you can, let it sink to the bottom and sit for about 10 seconds. Take up all the slack line and sweep the plug with the rod only then let it sink. Repeat this all the way to the boat. My kids and I could easily catch 50 to 60 pounds of blue cats this way in just a couple of hours. Really works !

I know it sounds crazy but in all honesty it worked like a charm and these fish averaged about 5 pounds each.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 minutes ago, davecon said:

I'm not much for catfishing but a friend told me about this years ago and I was dumbfounded at how well it works. 

Local lake, spring early summer, sandy flats in 4 to 6 feet of water. Throw a rattle trap (color makes no difference) as far as you can, let it sink to the bottom and sit for about 10 seconds. Take up all the slack line and sweep the plug with the rod only then let it sink. Repeat this all the way to the boat. My kids and I could easily catch 50 to 60 pounds of blue cats this way in just a couple of hours. Really works !

I know it sounds crazy but in all honesty it worked like a charm and these fish averaged about 5 pounds each.

It doesnt sound crazy to me . 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/29/2016 at 1:37 PM, the reel ess said:

I've only had a "problem" with catfish when I'm bass fishing during their spawning times. They seem to inhabit the same spaces and bite just about anything then. I believe that's usually in spring. Looks like you need a change of scenery.

i hit them just right during the spawn once, i mustve caught 600lbs of catfish or more that weekend, nothing above 4lbs either. just lots and lots of catfish with bellies full of eggs...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They sure do seem to like Ned rigs too. When I was a kid, all we wanted to catch was catfish.  Between my wife and I, we have caught at least a dozen on Ned rigs this year while fishing for bass.  Hooked onto one on a 10" worm too. He finally broke off one me but it was like an episode of Wicked Tuna until he did.  

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My solution Is a filet knife and peanut oil 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing

    bass fishing

    fishing forum

    fishing rods

    fishing reels

    bass fish

    fishing

    fishing poles

    fishing reels
    fishing reels

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×