Brad’s Bites: Catfish in the Dog Days

Brad Durick

By Brad Durick

This past week on the Red River has been a little bit slower for catfishing, but overall it is still very good. The big change has been the water levels and flows are falling. Some rain going down the stretch would be great.

The bite is steady with the catfish mostly hanging out mid-river. The pattern has been to sit on them for 25 to 30 minutes to catch the fish in the holes and move on. Bait selection has been challenging as they just can’t seem to make up their mind as to what they want. One day it is frogs and the next it is sucker. Keep them both on hand and let them tell you what they want.

All sections of the river are open.  Lower water levels may start affecting the downstream side of some of the dams in the next couple of weeks. There are stumps and other hazards showing up. Just be careful and respectful of the river when traveling.

Brad Durick is a Dakota Edge Outdoors contributing writer and a licensed ND fishing guide specializing in trophy channel catfish on the Red River in and around Grand Forks.

Summer Shade. As the season peaks, catfish are holing up mid-river with frogs and suckers being the best baits for them on the Red River right now. DEO Photo by Brad Durick

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