Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pond Fishing For Catfish

It's been a hard year for me when it comes to my back problems. My back has been a bigger problem than I thought it would be. I had hoped to have more posts than I do on this blog but my focus has been on my back. You will start to see more post on this blog in the future. One of those post will be a short one about pond fishing for catfish. I'm going to show you a few things to look for when you are pond fishing for catfish.

One of the best things about pond fishing is that there is likely one within close enough driving distance for just about everyone to enjoy. Some ponds are on private property so please make sure that you can fish these ponds. Most of the time the owners will give you the ok, but if not then just thank him or her for their time and go looking for another pond. Also, many towns and townships have small ponds located within parks that are open to the public. Due to it's small size, finding catfish in a pond is much easier than locating them in a large lake. Most ponds you can walk the whole shoreline without much trouble.

There are several things you want to look for. Look for inflowing water. It can be a drain pipe, a small creek or just the muddy run off a summer downpour. Any inflowing water is the place to start in your search for catfish. If the water coming in is muddy, and the pond water is clear, there will be an area where these two types of water meet. Fishing that line of clear/muddy water can be very productive. The reverse is also true if the water coming in is clear, and the pond water is muddy or stained.

A dock is also a good place to fish if the pond has one. A weedline is another good place to look. Any shoreline that has the wind blowing into it on a windy day is a good place to look at also. A strong wind will concentrate the smaller bait fish along the shoreline, and the larger fish will move in to feed on them.

When considering baits for pond fishing, you need to look at what is available for catfish to feed on. This usually are small baitfish, minnows, frogs and crayfish. While liver, shrimp, hotdogs, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits will work, and sometimes work very well, the best baits are those that are available to the catfish in my opinion. If you are catching smaller cats, consider switching baits to small bluegills, or several minnows on a hook. Frogs hooked through the lips, or crayfish hooked through the tail would serve well also if you can get your hands on them.

I hope this blog post will help you when your pond fishing for catfish. Good luck!!!

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