How to Catch Catfish in Rivers

Catching catfish can be a difficult task, and catfish are particularly difficult to catch in a river. In this article we will cover everything you need to know about how to catch catfish in rivers, what you will need to catch the catfish, and more.

How to Catch Catfish in a River

Catfish Equipment

The first step to catching catfish is to make sure that you have the proper equipment. Depending on the size and depth of the river and location of the country, catfish can grow very large and require high quality equipment to catch. 

Rod and Reel

The most important piece of fishing equipment that you will need is a rod and reel. Make sure that the rod is strong enough to withstand about 40-50 pounds of weight, and a reel that will assist you in catching the catfish. 

Fishing Line

Another important piece of equipment that you need is fishing line. Make sure to buy stronger fishing line that can withstand 50-60 pounds of weight. You can also buy braided line that is even stronger and will help catch the catfish. 

Fishing Weight

If you plan to fish in a large river that is flowing at a decent pace, then it is advisable to get a fishing weight. You will not need an extremely heavy weight, but make sure to purchase something that is at least 1-2 ounces. This weight will attach to the line and keep the bait from floating away along the bottom of the river. 

Catfish Bait

Luckily, catfish are mostly bottom feeders. This means that they are not picky with what they eat. Here are some common types of catfish bait: 

  • Shad 
  • Crawfish
  • Crickets
  • Chicken Liver
  • Night Crawler worms

Where to find Catfish in a River

To answer this question, it is important to note how large the river is where you are fishing. In a smaller more shallow river, catfish can often be found in the deeper spots of the river. They like to hang out in the bottom of deep pools where the water is dark and cool.

In a larger river, catfish are often found in the deep water channel. Large catfish sit in the bottom of flowing channels and essentially allow the food to come to them. These catfish catch bits of food as they flow along the bed of the river. 

Another location where you can often find catfish is along the deep banks of a shore. Catfish like to nest in holes along the bank where they can be safe from predators. 

Catching a Catfish

In order to catch a catfish, throw the bait into the desired area. Allow the bait to sink to the bottom of the river channel or deep pool, and let the bait sit on the bottom of the river. 

If you feel a large catfish take the bait, jerk the rod and reel in an upward motion to set the hook. This will allow the barb on the hook to pull through the fish's mouth. After the hook has been set, it is time to start reeling. 

Leave a Comment