While he generally doesn't pigeonhole himself by chasing one kind of catfish only, CatDaddy says the channel cat bite is so great right now that he and his clients are specifically targeting channel cats only. They're everywhere right now, he says pointing to rocks, jetties, shallow water and more. To catch them, CatDaddy says you can throw just about anything from worms to shad sides, gut bait or whatever you have on hand. The channel cats are very aggressive right now and it's the perfect time to get after them.
Catfish spawn in the rocks, along riprap, down along cut banks, back in the heavier brush in the shallows and more. CatDaddy says anglers can tell when catfish are on the spawn by looking for cues from carp. He'll explain what kind of behavior to look for from carp in order to determine if the catfish are spawning. Noting that the spawn has been in full swing for about two weeks, he says judging by the eggs of fish he has cleaned recently, he anticipates another week of good spawning action before things calm down and the bite backs off a bit. To catch them after the spawn, CatDaddy says anglers will need to cast right to the channel cats, throwing right on top of their nests. The males are ultra aggressive right now and anything that comes close to that nest they will attack, CatDaddy says. Male channel cats are easy to identify, he says, as they are generally very slim with large heads and plenty of scars from battling fish, snapping turtles and more, keeping them away from the eggs.
Listen to The Revolution this week as CatDaddy talks about taking advantage of the channel catfish bite.