Catfish

Ron Manning with two nice summer D’Arbonne catfish.

Drown worms for D’Arbonne cats

Nightcrawlers make great bait
June 15 at 8:31am
A mature male channel catfish (right) develops a swollen head and thickened lips before spawning season. His body color also changes from the normal olive green shown on the female on the left to a dark slate gray.

Catfish genes

June 15 at 7:00am
The size of the entry hole in the bottle determines the size of the catfish that can use it. Note the gaff hook in Gremillion’s right hand.

Treasured catfish tips

June 15 at 7:00am
Jeremy Gremillion (left) and Ray Ramagos eat plenty of fresh fillets, as well as fill their freezers, with delicious channel catfish from their bottles.

Look, mom: No bait!

Two False River anglers load up on nice catfish every summer —without so much as a rod, or even a single hook. Read on to bone up on bottle fishing.
June 01 at 7:00am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, poses with a giant catfish he caught while deploying noodles tipped with cut bait and fresh pogies.

Apex Predator: Catfishing with double-baited hooks

Cut bait tipped with pogies catches more fish
May 31 at 2:14pm
The weighted clip-on corks in Larry’s hand are both men’s choice for catfishing.

Gearing up

April 15 at 7:00am
The head of the male channel catfish on the right grows much larger than that of the comparable sized female on the left. After spawning season, the male’s head will return to its normal size and it will become indistinguishable from a female.

When to go and why

April 15 at 7:00am
Larry Roussel still fishes a lot, but can’t keep up with his hard-charging son Rudy.

Know your limits

April 15 at 7:00am
Is the grin on Larry’s face there because he envisions how the fillets off this beauty will taste rolled in his fish fry and fried?

Des Allemands fat cats

Pre-spawn catfish are feeding voraciously now in warming springtime waters. Here’s how they fill a box near the “Catfish Capitol of the Universe.”
April 01 at 7:00am

Three restaurants cited for allegedly selling swai fish as catfish

Inspections reveal swai fish in freezers, LDWF says
February 14 at 5:16pm
Catfish lurk in the shadows of large structures like boats, docks and bridges where they hide and ambush prey. Kayak anglers tucked into these areas and used a sliding cork to get the bait near the hull of this anchored boat.

Bayou catfishing

Catching really big fish — in a really small boat
January 18 at 9:00am