Mississippi River Catfish Fishing Charters

Mississippi River Catfish Fishing Charters

Top Mississippi River Catfish Fishing Destinations

Best Catfish Fishing Charters in Mississippi River

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
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,570 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Catfish Fishing in Mississippi River

My recommendation is simply to call Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters. They will take care of you!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My recommendation is simply to call Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters. They will take care of you!
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Find a guide that understands your level of experience and works with you for your best outcome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a guide that understands your level of experience and works with you for your best outcome.
Captain Frenchy
Captain Frenchy
Get a good captain with good reviews. Knowledge and professionalism matter. Even if you don’t catch as much as you want, a good ship and crew make or break your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a good captain with good reviews. Knowledge and professionalism matter. Even if you don’t catch as much as you want, a good ship and crew make or break your trip.
Navigator Fishing Charters LLC
Navigator Fishing Charters LLC
Make sure you know where you are going or be sure to get a guide like Bayou charters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you know where you are going or be sure to get a guide like Bayou charters.
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Yes, most definitely was a great time. As long as it doesn’t rain or bad weather show up you’re OK.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, most definitely was a great time. As long as it doesn’t rain or bad weather show up you’re OK.
Full Moon Fishing Service–Rend Lake
Full Moon Fishing Service–Rend Lake
Experience was great but will try to book on a not so windy day in the future.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience was great but will try to book on a not so windy day in the future.
Let's Go Fishing Charter And Guide
Let's Go Fishing Charter And Guide
The offshore fishing has less quantities of fish but BIGGER fish and that is what we got!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The offshore fishing has less quantities of fish but BIGGER fish and that is what we got!
High Times Charters
High Times Charters
This was our first time, and it was well worth it. Great spots, great fish, all inclusive, WAY better than any French Quarters tour!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time, and it was well worth it. Great spots, great fish, all inclusive, WAY better than any French Quarters tour!!!
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
Bayou Paradise Fishing Charters
It can be a little chilly but a fun spring break family activity. The first mate was extremely helpful especially to the kids and cleaned our fish that we cooked back at the Air bnb - they were great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It can be a little chilly but a fun spring break family activity. The first mate was extremely helpful especially to the kids and cleaned our fish that we cooked back at the Air bnb - they were great!
PrimeTyme Charters, Inc.
PrimeTyme Charters, Inc. Biloxi, Mississippi
Stay at the Grand Isle Marina Hotel! Book an inshore trip with Southern Anlers charters! Bring beer and sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay at the Grand Isle Marina Hotel! Book an inshore trip with Southern Anlers charters! Bring beer and sunscreen!
Southern Angler Fishing Charters – 22'
Southern Angler Fishing Charters – 22'
Listen to the captain. Captain Clinton knew where to fish, how to fish the spot, and how to read the water for the best chance.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the captain. Captain Clinton knew where to fish, how to fish the spot, and how to read the water for the best chance.
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
The weather was brisk and the wind was stronger than most but we still caught pan fryers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather was brisk and the wind was stronger than most but we still caught pan fryers.
Impulsive Charters
Impulsive Charters
Pick the right size boat for your party and what you want to catch. Salinity was the right size for 2 ppl and we were able to fish close to structures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick the right size boat for your party and what you want to catch. Salinity was the right size for 2 ppl and we were able to fish close to structures.
Salinity Matters Charters
Salinity Matters Charters
It was a little chilly and windy but Captain Sonny was an expert in keeping us out of the majority of the wind so that we were able to catch fish! We had so much fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a little chilly and windy but Captain Sonny was an expert in keeping us out of the majority of the wind so that we were able to catch fish! We had so much fun!
Salinity Matters Charters
Salinity Matters Charters
Get a local guide like Rich at Blue Line Charters to take you out and put you on fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a local guide like Rich at Blue Line Charters to take you out and put you on fish.
Blue Line Charter Service
Blue Line Charter Service
When fishing in March be prepared for cooler weather than reported in the weather app.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
When fishing in March be prepared for cooler weather than reported in the weather app.
Bayou Bowfishing Charters
Bayou Bowfishing Charters
Book with Speck dat Charters! Captain Brad will put you in the fish and take care of you!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Speck dat Charters! Captain Brad will put you in the fish and take care of you!!!
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Venice is not your typical family tourist stop. Lodging and food options are minimal. One of my favorite places because of this but, prepare accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Venice is not your typical family tourist stop. Lodging and food options are minimal. One of my favorite places because of this but, prepare accordingly.
Louisiana Lagniappe Charters
Louisiana Lagniappe Charters
We were first time anglers and they taught us what to expect. The fishing will be much better in May as the water warms up!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were first time anglers and they taught us what to expect. The fishing will be much better in May as the water warms up!
9-Ball Fishing Charters
9-Ball Fishing Charters
Charter a boat if you aren’t experienced and let them show you the way it’s done!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a boat if you aren’t experienced and let them show you the way it’s done!
Reel Therapy Fishing Charters
Reel Therapy Fishing Charters