Guided fishing trips include a fully rigged Boat for lake and river fishing trips with equipment and tackle provided.
For specific details, click on one of our 3 experienced catfish fishing guides: Mike Cook, of Four Lake Guide, guides Kansas catfish fishing trips from Wichita, KS; Denny Halgren, of Rock River Guide Service, provides guided Illinois catfishing trips; Cody Mullennix provides guided South Oklahoma and Texas catfish fishing trips.
When fishing for catfish we use rod and reel. For other types of fish, we use standard live and artificial baits.
Gift certificates are available from Team Catfish Trophy Catfishing Trips upon request.
Capt. Jeff has been featured on The American Outdoorsman TV Show, in the Oklahoma City Oklahoman, Kansas City Star, Daily Oklahoman,
Tulsa World, Wichita Eagle, In-Fisherman's Catfish Insider 2003 Guide, Outdoor Life Southern Edition, and Procats Online Magazine; seminars at the Kansas City Sport Show, Bass Pro in Springfield, Missouri, and the Omaha, NB, Boat Show; and as a Lowrance Electronics Representative in Springfield, Missouri, at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Boat show.
If you want to be the very best fisherman you can, there are 3 things you must learn how to do:
1) Buy the very best electronics you can afford. I would suggest saving your money and spending in the $400 to $800 range. My Catfish Fishing Guide boat is equipped with $1500 of electrinics and they are the most important tools in my boat. I am lost without them, but you can see why many people choose to simply hire a guide for their hybrid bass or catfish fishing trips. When you add in the cost of the boat, fish locator, and all the other related expenses, it would take an awful lot of guided fishing trips to equal the same amount! Plus, you get to learn from an make use of the fishing guide service's expertise.
2) Learn how to read maps while on the water and using your electronics to find all those underwater hiding spots that everybody else is driving over.
3) Learn the habits of your fish. Blue Catfish have different habits than Channel Catfish. White Bass act different than Crappie. Study the fish themselves and you will soon see that they will show up in the same places and times year after year and bite the same baits year after year. Remember, fish do not know where they live or what lake or state they are in. Patterns from Oklahoma lakes work in Kansas, etc. Fish behave the same wherever they live.
When catfish fishing a lake with a manmade current or natural current, always anchor your boat on the upstream side of the submerged river channel. It might not even seem like there is any current, but if you have had high water or if they generate for electricty, there will always be a small amount of current flowing through the lake. Fish the submerged river channel just like you would any other river with the current taking the smell of your bait downstream.
The cycle of Blue Catfish is exactly the same as the cycle of the Shad or other baitfish you have in your lake. Don't kid yourself: pay attention to your fish locator. The masses of Blue Catfish will always be somewhere around the masses of Shad. Look for the bait, catch some bait, cut them up and driftfish with a carolina rig through the schools of baitfish.
Dont be scared to fish in 30 to 50 feet of water: Blue Catfish can tollerate deep water yearround.
Always fish for Flathead Catfish with live bait and remember, there is a difference between live bait and lively bait. Make sure your bait is really squirming: the more vibration in the water, the better the chance for a Flathead find it.
Believe it or not, but wintertime is the best time for Blue Catfish. Catching the fresh bait can be hard, but after that has been accomplished, look for huge schools of fish in the submerged river channel. It might take 4 hours to find the schools, but once you've found them, anchor your boat somewhere on the top side of the channel and cast your baits from the top of the river channel to the bottom of it. Wait 30 minutes and move. If they are there and in a feeding mode, it will be fast and furious action.
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