Fishing Catfish In The Mississippi

By: Daniel Eggertsen

Are you a catfish fan? If you're from the Mississippi region or looking to visit or travel through sometime soon and want to experience some of the best places in the country for fishing catfish, you need to check out the Mississippi River. The Mississippi State Record for bluefish came from the Mississippi and some of the biggest catfish in the country have been fished out of these waters. So how can you be a part of this for yourself? How can you catch some of the biggest fish in the world from one of the biggest rivers in the world? First, you need to know the facts about fishing catfish in the Mississippi and that's what we're here to help you with.

If you want an experience like no other, then you must try catfishing in the great waters of the Mississippi River. There are many different species of catfish and most all are found in Mississippi. They are found in streams, lakes ponds and of course rivers like the grand Mississippi.

So here's what you need to know about catfishing the Mississippi. Mississippi area and the Mississippi River itself. These catfish tend to be bottom feeders and they are known for eating most anything they can get in their mouths, making them great to fish for sport.

The main types of catfish you can expect to catch are channel, flathead and blue. Here's the rundown on how you can go about catching each of these. Channel cat are caught best at most any time of the year that is not extreme cold. Spring and fall are the best times to find channel catfish throughout the Mississippi. Try fishing with live baits such as small crawfish and bait fish. The best place to find them is on the bottom near rocks and other cover where the crawfish or baitfish will be hiding as well. Certain times of the year, you can also find them around areas of moss which they sometimes feed on.

That brings us to the flathead catfish, another popular species found in the Mississippi River. Flathead are most easily caught by using catfish baits such as live chubs and love shiners. Sometimes they are also caught on cut or prepared baits if the fish are exceptionally aggressive that day but these should not be your first choice. The flathead are the second largest species of catfish and they can be found after dark very abundantly and near logs and other submerged structures.

The next type of catfish you can find in the Mississippi is the blue. This is the biggest of the species of catfish and they are abundant in large rivers like the Mississippi. They may eat frogs, other fish, mollusks, crayfish and larger invertebrates. They find their food with their very strong sense of smell so people often use stinkbaits to attract and catch them. They are sometimes also found in structures, under logs and other debris in the water.

How to Catch Catfish on the Mississippi

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