Mississippi River Catfish Fishing Charters

Mississippi River Catfish Fishing Charters

Top Mississippi River Catfish Fishing Destinations

Best Catfish Fishing Charters in Mississippi River

Mississippi River: 20 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
New Orleans
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Excellent
4.3 / 5
(8 reviews)
Memphis
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(5 reviews)
Tunica
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trips from $400
St. Bernard
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Catfish Fishing in Mississippi River

Catfish
  • Size 2 to 40lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Average
  • Habitats River, Lake, Flats, Backcountry

(Ictalurus punctatus/furcatus; Pylodictis olivaris; Ameiurus catus)

Mississippi River catfishing is one of those adventures every freshwater angler should experience at least once in their lifetime. This iconic body of water has been a hub for passionate fishermen for decades, both because it’s great fun and because there’s a good chance of landing a trophy Mudcat.
 

What to Expect

You can find Catfish just about anywhere along the incredible 2,000-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, but it’s the lower section that takes center stage in the Catfishing world. From Kentucky and Missouri, through Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and all the way to Louisiana, you can expect Catfish galore, as long as you pick the right spot.
 
There are five species that call these waters home (Channel, Flathead, Blue, Spoonbill, and Bullhead), but Blue, Channel, and Flathead reign supreme. Blues and Flatheads are usually bigger compared to their Channel cousin, but they can always surprise you. All of them generally like to hang out in clearer waters, deep holes, and around underwater structures with plenty of cover to stalk their prey.
 
One of the best things about Mississippi River Catfish is that they come in all shapes and sizes. You can head out with your family to have a good time and catch plenty of fish for dinner, or set your sights on a trophy-sized specimen and spend a day looking for it.
 

When to Go

Catfish are present in the river all year, but the best time to go out and target them will depend on your location. In general, the best season is anytime from March–October, but summer months are by far the most productive because Cats love warm water. Locals across the 10 states claim that the Mississippi has some of the biggest Catfish in the U.S., and there’s just one way to find out. 
 

How to Catch The Mississippi Catfish

Now for the million-dollar question – how to get these whiskery fellas to bite? The answer isn’t at all simple, with a river that stretches for thousands of miles and tens of thousands of fishing grounds.
 
In general, Catfish are bottom feeders and they’re very gluttonous. The fact that these fish are always hungry makes your life a lot easier, because there’s a variety of setups to choose from. You can’t go wrong with any kind of stink bait, because Catfish have an incredible sense of smell. Anything from cut bait and chicken liver to shrimp and even garlic is fair game, while Channel Catfish prefer nightcrawlers.
 
Local anglers always suggest using heavy tackle, and strong lines (30–70 lb) – you don’t want to lose your fish because you underestimated it.
 

What to Bring

It’s highly recommended that first time Mississippi anglers fish alongside skilled guides who are available all over the river. This way, you don’t have to worry about lugging your own equipment, having a boat, or finding the best spots on your own, as there’s an expert on board. 
 
All you should do is buy a fishing license (talk to the captain beforehand to make sure you need to get it), bring your best fishing buddies, and get some snacks and drinks for the trip.
 
Mississippi River Catfishing is not just a memorable experience but also a chance to test your luck and skills on one of the biggest rivers in the country!
 

Mississippi River Catfish Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Catfish fishing in Mississippi River varies moderately throughout the year. High season is June to September. Low season is January to March and November to December. There is no closed season.
Mississippi River
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25,578 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Catfish Fishing in Mississippi River

We come from the upper Midwest so we had no idea how to approach the Chauvin area in terms of fishing. Using a charter made all the difference.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We come from the upper Midwest so we had no idea how to approach the Chauvin area in terms of fishing. Using a charter made all the difference.
Jim  B.
Jim B. Eau Claire, WI
Be prepared for fun while fish with Cpt Mike. He knows the waters and scouts to make sure you get to catch what you. Remember it's not the ocean. Different areas.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be prepared for fun while fish with Cpt Mike. He knows the waters and scouts to make sure you get to catch what you. Remember it's not the ocean. Different areas.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Peoria, AZ
Yes. This is our third charter trip on the Great Lakes and the best crew (Captain Jamie and Graham) by miles. I would 100% recommend this boat and crew to anyone looking for an engaged and professional fishing charter. Hands down a Terrific Crew, Boat, and experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. This is our third charter trip on the Great Lakes and the best crew (Captain Jamie and Graham) by miles. I would 100% recommend this boat and crew to anyone looking for an engaged and professional fishing charter. Hands down a Terrific Crew, Boat, and experience!
Jonathan  A.
Jonathan A. Granby, Connecticut
Get out early in AM and Take your fresh catch straight to Steve's Marina Restaurant... where they will cook it up for you in a variety of ways...for a fresh fish dinning experience like no other!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get out early in AM and Take your fresh catch straight to Steve's Marina Restaurant... where they will cook it up for you in a variety of ways...for a fresh fish dinning experience like no other!
James  M.
James M. White Plains, Maryland
Mr. Frank and Mitchell were awesome. The teamwork between them was on point. They made this a wonderful fishing experience. Everything was Outstanding!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mr. Frank and Mitchell were awesome. The teamwork between them was on point. They made this a wonderful fishing experience. Everything was Outstanding!
Adrian  M.
Adrian M. DeRidder, LA
Even though we did not catch any keepable fish, we had so much fun. Captain Mark was knowledgable and helpful. Great time was had by all.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Even though we did not catch any keepable fish, we had so much fun. Captain Mark was knowledgable and helpful. Great time was had by all.
Rosemarie  T.
Rosemarie T. Chino Valley, AZ
The bite was great, but the fish were all pretty small. It was a great time catching the fish, we just didn't get to keep many.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
The bite was great, but the fish were all pretty small. It was a great time catching the fish, we just didn't get to keep many.
Richard  F.
Richard F. Harrison, OH
Pick a qualified Captain who is knowledgeable and attentive- captain Bryan (sting ray)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick a qualified Captain who is knowledgeable and attentive- captain Bryan (sting ray)
Joy  M.
Joy M. Lafayette, LA
Due to the high winds, we wasn't able to go Snapper fishing but Captain Brandon and Brandon made sure we caught fish. Highly recommend Shearwater. This was our 5th trip and we are planning a 6th trip with Captain Brandon and the Shearwater...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Due to the high winds, we wasn't able to go Snapper fishing but Captain Brandon and Brandon made sure we caught fish. Highly recommend Shearwater. This was our 5th trip and we are planning a 6th trip with Captain Brandon and the Shearwater...
Billy  W.
Billy W. Montgomery, AL
I would recommend to relax and expect to have a great day on the lake fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend to relax and expect to have a great day on the lake fishing.
Donald  R.
Donald R. Palos Heights, IL
We were fishing just to catch fish. We caught a lot of catfish, a few croaker and one nice redfish. Our fishing experience was excellent! Next time we’ll fish for gamefish only. ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were fishing just to catch fish. We caught a lot of catfish, a few croaker and one nice redfish. Our fishing experience was excellent! Next time we’ll fish for gamefish only. ?
Tim  M.
Tim M. Odessa, TX
Ask the research living accommodations and ask the the Captain about living accommodations Ask about fishing license
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Ask the research living accommodations and ask the the Captain about living accommodations Ask about fishing license
Vincent  M.
Vincent M. Humble, TX
I would recommend Fred Mooney as a good fishing guide. He seemed to know the area well. After the Strom's late last night. We where able to still catch a nice mess of fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I would recommend Fred Mooney as a good fishing guide. He seemed to know the area well. After the Strom's late last night. We where able to still catch a nice mess of fish.
Jason  C.
Jason C. Danville, IL
Great area to fish for a wide variety of fish in shore or off shore. Check what fish are in season when you plan on visiting then pick your charter based on that.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great area to fish for a wide variety of fish in shore or off shore. Check what fish are in season when you plan on visiting then pick your charter based on that.
Dave  B.
Dave B. Littleton, CO
Offshore in a boat this small is not for a newbie. We had two newbie friends with us and they are proud of the bragging rights they earned. Definitely a trip for fishermen who will brave rough conditions to get the best memories and fish. If ins one. You will have many tales to tell. PS- one of our newbies caught the biggest Red Snapper
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Offshore in a boat this small is not for a newbie. We had two newbie friends with us and they are proud of the bragging rights they earned. Definitely a trip for fishermen who will brave rough conditions to get the best memories and fish. If ins one. You will have many tales to tell. PS- one of our newbies caught the biggest Red Snapper
William  O.
William O. United States
Have reasonable expectations wherever you fish. It's called fishing, not catching. We caught plenty!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have reasonable expectations wherever you fish. It's called fishing, not catching. We caught plenty!
Ramon  H.
Ramon H. New Orleans, Louisiana
STOP LOOKING AND START BOOKING !!! THIS IS A MEMORY NOT SOON TO BE FORGOTTEN !!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
STOP LOOKING AND START BOOKING !!! THIS IS A MEMORY NOT SOON TO BE FORGOTTEN !!
TRACY  W.
TRACY W. Memphis, TN
As with any time of the year, great fishing on the Coast depends a lot on the weather conditions. Some months better than others but there are always plenty of fish to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As with any time of the year, great fishing on the Coast depends a lot on the weather conditions. Some months better than others but there are always plenty of fish to catch.
Elizabeth  S.
Elizabeth S. Linden, PA
Rend lake is huge! Only saw a small portion, but was not disappointed. Had a great guide! Fred with Full Moon Fishing Service was knowledgeable and friendly. Look forward to many more trips with his company ??❤️
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rend lake is huge! Only saw a small portion, but was not disappointed. Had a great guide! Fred with Full Moon Fishing Service was knowledgeable and friendly. Look forward to many more trips with his company ??❤️
Tosha  V.
Tosha V. Monticello, IL
It was recommended to go as early in the morning as possible for best fishing, but we did catch two at 9am and 1030am! Just being on the boat and out on the lake and taking in the sights was enjoyable when the fish weren't biting!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It was recommended to go as early in the morning as possible for best fishing, but we did catch two at 9am and 1030am! Just being on the boat and out on the lake and taking in the sights was enjoyable when the fish weren't biting!
Sheila  J.
Sheila J. Duluth, MN