Summertime is channel catfish time across America. In lakes and reservoirs, fish the flat areas in 18 to 25 feet of water using shad, shrimp, dough balls, cheese, prepared baits, nightcrawlers, and even that left over hot dog from lunch.
In rivers, try the same baits around undercut banks, old hollow logs, and even slack water. Ponds are also great places to fish channel cats. Give them some time to mouth the bait and pick it up before setting the hook.
My favorite part of channel cat fishing is eating them! Here’s my special fried catfish recipe:
- Cut fillets into bite size pieces
- Dunk them in milk
- Coat with one of Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck’s fish batters
- Drop in 325 degree peanut oil until they’re good and crisp. Dip them in shrimp sauce for some outstanding eating.
Grilled catfish with a tangy orange sauce recipe.
2- pounds catfish fillets
Tangy Organce Sauce:
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl. Brush the catfish fillets with this mixture. Place fish on lightly oiled grill, about 4 inches above the coals. Grill for 5 minutes, brushing frequently with sauce. Turn and grill for 5 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serves 4 to 8.
By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award winning
Outdoor World Radio