Method 1 of 3: Choosing Gear and Bait
1. Buy a fishing rod and line. The size of the rod you buy should be determined by the size of the fish available to catch in your region.
- For fish under 20 pounds, use a six-foot rod with at least a 10-pound test line.
- For fish over 20 pounds, use a seven-foot rod with at least a 20-pound test line.
- Longer rods are better for fishing from banks, as opposed to a boat, since they offer greater reach.
Method 2 of 3: Finding Active Catfish
1. Start fishing in the spring. Catfish are less active when the water is cold, so the best time to start fishing is when water levels rise and the water warms to about fifty degrees in the spring. You can continue fishing until it gets cold again.
1. Reel it in. When a catfish bites, let the line go a bit slack and then start reeling it in, quickly. Read How to Reel in a Large Fish to learn proper reeling techniques.
- If the fish is too small, you will have to unhook it and set it free.
- If you plan to keep the fish, place it in a bucket of water so that you can clean and skin it later.
- This article focuses on line fishing methods, but you can also try making a trap for catfish.