Fishing Summer Patterns with Cody Haynes (The Coosa Kid)
In the summer and late summer months, there are several good ways to target blue and flathead catfish. Most areas are coming out of the spawn and many rivers and lakes have little current if any.
One method I like is drifting. Whether suspend drifting channel ledges or dragging baits it can be some great catfish action in the post-spawn when the bite can be pretty tough.
These same methods work when the rivers and reservoirs have little to no current. Under these conditions, catfish tend to be more nomadic. The bait is scattered and so are the cats. That’s why drifting and covering water is a great choice to put fish in the boat.
Another way I like to fish the post-spawn, when I have current, is to do some traditional anchor fishing. Key areas to target would be deeper structure piles during the day. The current confines the fish to ambush points where they can lie and wait ready to grab their next meal.
Once it gets dark I like to move closer to the bank and get into shallower water. I will fish anywhere that looks like a good hunting ground for the fish. Mudflats with logs or even rocky bottoms near the banks make great places to find hungry catfish at night during the summer/post-spawn.
I hope this helps you land more fish during this time of year!