Catfish Fishing Tips in South Louisiana

Catfish Fishing Tips in South Louisiana
You can find catfish in most of Louisiana's lakes, waterways and ponds. The bayou state is so populous with catfish that a variety of catching methods are allowed to take them. The state record for channel catfish weighs 30.31 pounds, but the majority of them are significantly smaller in size. Even so, catfish continue to entice anglers not only because they are fun to catch but also for their good taste.

Baits and Lures

Baits that are effective for luring catfish in the Louisiana waters include cold worms, cut bait, chicken livers, cheese baits and minnows, according to the Louisiana Game and Fish Magazine. Use those baits when casting fishing lines off the banks, and soon the catfish will be striking. Other lures to try include congealed blood, fish guts, red wigglers, catalpa worms, Canadian night crawlers, crickets and crawfish. Luring catfish, especially channels, is quite effective with stinkbaits.

Fishing Spots

Catfish is abundant in all of the bayou state's waters from border to border. The four main types of catfish that inhabit Louisiana waters are channel, bullhead, flathead and blue. Some of the most productive fishing grounds include the 3,000-acre Lake Bruin of Lake Bruin State Park, Atchafalaya River and Lake D'Arbonne. Lake Bruin holds a teeming population of channel catfish, making it a popular target especially during the summer, says fisheries biologist Mike Ewing of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


Louisiana allows a variety of angling techniques when catching catfish, including the use of rod and reel, noodling, snagging, trapping and trotlining. During spring, catch catfish by snagging them in the state's rivers around dams and locks. Snagging is a legal method that applies to catfish only as of June 2010. Spring is an ideal time to snag because catfish move upstream to spawn and typically congregate at locks. Use outsized treble hooks to snare catfish. Another effective method is trotlining. When trotlining, suspend your lines far beneath floats to prevent them from getting entangled in motorboat propellers. Bait with a variety of lures when using this method to catch the most catfish.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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