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Texas Catfish

catfishIf you like catfish, Texas has it in almost every nook and cranny – rivers, streams, and lakes. If you are into the sport of it, there are plentiful trophy-winning catfish to be found in Texas. One reason catfish is popular in Texas is because it is available year-round.  The lakes do not get covered in ice during the winter, making catfish biting abundant in winter, spring, summer, and fall. Summer, however, is the best time to catch catfish. Another time to catch them is during spawning time which is early spring.

Catfish fishing is available in every part of Texas but there are some popular spots in Texas that are standouts. Texoma is right on the Texas-Oklahoma border. Quite a few trophy blues have been caught here.  The lake is 75,000 acres of reservoir that are abundant with the little whiskered fish. Texas is a major catfish destination for anglers who come here from all areas of the country.  Cedar Creek Lake is one of the best fishing spots in Texas and is so noted in many of the popular fishing magazines. It is about an hour away from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and known for its blues, channel cats, and trophy fish. Lake Tawakoni has been officially named the “Catfish Capital of Texas” by the Texas legislature. Record size and trophy blues are reportedly abundant. Choke Canyon Reservoir is way down in southern Texas. There is a dam area that is a great place to catch blues, flatheads and channel cats. This area is known for the sheer number of catfish caught every year, especially little guys that are good for eating. Quite a few trophy blues are landed every year, too. Choke Canyon is not far from San Antonio. Lake Amistad is a giant lake way down in the south, near Del Rio. On the other bank is Mexico! Amistad is great for blues and channel cats, and it also good and muddy, which makes angling in the shallows excellent for catching cats.

Texas catfish are like cats all over the world – they love live bait, especially bait that stinks. In Texas, you can catch a multitude of shinners, night crawlers, crickets and worms to put at the end of your line. This is also crawfish country, and if you take a little time and catch some, it will pay off big time.  Of course, the old standards like stink bait, chicken liver, bacon and hot dogs work great. Obviously, catfish are not finicky eaters.

Source: “Catfish Fishing in Texas – How to Catch Those Trophy Blues.” Catfish Fishing in Texas – How to Catch Those Trophy Blues. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.

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