Keep your bait and fishing rod ready as spring arrives catfishes come to the shallow waters as part of their migratory traits. This is the ideal time for fishing. The pleasant weather is the perfect timing for some outdoor activity and fishing is one among them. The warm weather drives fishes to the surface allowing them to feed before they start laying eggs. The water will remain 4-8 degrees warmer luring the catfish to the surface. The catfish move to the upstream for food and in the process cross channel ledges, contour asymmetries, water impressions and long points.
In still water sources like lakes and reservoirs, the catfish moves to the warmer waters looking for food. The warm water gives a soothing effect and attracts the fish to the surface. The northern part of the banks and the coves are first to be hit by the sun’s rays and turn warmers and baiting here can turn out to be fruitful. Water areas that are flat lacking structures attract catfish as the water here gets warmer fast. The warmth helps in algae growth. This is the food for catfish and shad, and these fishes swarm up to the region. Not just catfish but other species also infest this region to feed on the algae.
If you are interested in fishing from the banks, there are certain tips to follow. Remember that here the dragging technique will not help. But there is no need to worry as catfish comes to the banks for food and you can take advantage of this situation to drag the fish out of the water using bait and a decent fishing rod. The shallow water fishing has to be approach differently to get a decent catch. The type of water body does not matter as the catfish follows the same migratory patterns. So whether you fish in a lake, pond, river or reservoir the catfish will be available at the surface during spring time. The shallow water is a comfort zone for the fish.
A fishing enthusiast needs to identify such locations. This is mostly on the north banks as this region gets warmer during the springtime. Yet, the catch is not just restricted to this region as feeder creeks mouths and reefy ditches also are an ideal location for catfish catch. The water line has to be observed carefully from the banks of the river. Another fertile region is the small ditch area that runs into the underwater just off the hill. This area can be highly productive during spring. While fishing in farm ponds, the same technique can be followed. Always stay to the fill ditch region of the pond just further the dam. The water here is warm and is suitable for fishing.