Catfish Connections – May 2023


Dan Dannenmueller


Keith “Catfish” Sutton


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Matt Mullikin


Alan Clemons
Brad Durick
Brent Frazee
Anietra Hamper
Terry Madewell
Zach Norton
Ron Presley
Richard Simms
Keith Sutton
Brad Wiegmann


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Cover Photo Credit

James “Big Cat” Patterson of Bartlett, Tennessee pioneered fishing for trophy catfish in the Mississippi River. The tactics he developed are used by big-river anglers everywhere. (Keith Sutton photo)

Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, June 3-11


Save the dates: June 3-11, 2023. That’s National Fishing and Boating Week, a great time to enjoy some outdoor fun with family and friends. Fishing and boating provide opportunities to relax, observe the beauty of nature and maybe catch a few catfish, too.

Whether you’ve been fishing your whole life or are just picking up a pole for the first time, here are some great ways you can celebrate this special week.

Buy a fishing license

Purchasing a fishing license is quick, easy and directly contributes toward conservation efforts. In most states, licenses can be purchased online, by phone or at retail establishments. One hundred percent of license fees go directly toward conservation and restoration. You can find links for buying your license online on this page provided by

Find a place to visit

The folks at Take Me Fishing also provide a great interactive map where you can search for the best places to fish and go boating near you. Spend a short time here and you can learn more about species that can be caught in these bodies of water (including catfish), places to buy fishing gear and licenses, the locations of boat ramps, the best times to fish and much more.

Watch our videos on YouTube

Visit our CatfishNOW YouTube channel to learn tips and tricks for catching some catfish and get inspired for your next fishing adventure. Hit the Subscribe button while you’re there and you’ll receive links to new tips every month.

Learn how to catch catfish

While you’re online, mosey on over to the website and read tips from the country’s best catfish anglers that can help you land some fish for your next fish fry or that whopper of a lifetime you’ve been hoping to catch.

Get your fish on

Many states offer free fishing days each year that provide a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. These are days where anglers can go fishing without a license, and in most states, they coincide with National Fishing and Boating Week. Click here to check out the next free fishing days in your state, and consider taking a child, a friend or a family member who has never been fishing out on the water for the day. Or just get out there yourself and catch some fish.



Keith Sutton

Let’s all take time to celebrate this special week-long event.

I’ll see you downstream.

Keith “Catfish” Sutton, Editor