Free Info on Fishing From a Canoe, Canoe Camping, & Wilderness
Canoe Camping &
Fishing For Catfish
fishing for catfish is my kids favorite type of camping trip.
We paddle a fairly short way up a river to a canoe camping
site and fish until sometime after midnight for
catfish. On this page you will find some of the
baits and innovations we use.
Channel catfish like worms and nightcrawlers,
but they also like minnows (dead or alive), stink baits,
doughballs, or whatever other live bait is effective in your
The Live Bait Rig
We like to use a live bait rig as pictured
below. The 3-way rig allows the bite to be telegraphed
to your rod tip easier. Also, if you snag, you tend to
only lose your sinker rather than the whole rig.
Night Fishing Accessories
Bank Pole Holders
You can bring your own store-bought rod
holders such as the one shown below or you can make your own.
I tend to make my own at home and bring them along. Make
sure the rod holder is very firmly stuck into the bank - many
times it is the only thing that keeps a fish from taking your
Make Your Own Lighted Rod Tip
You can make your own lighted rod tip by
purchasing an LED type light and rigging it as shown below.
If you can't find the light by itself, you may (as I have done
in the past) cut off the lighted portion of a night fishing
float. Use black electrical tape to tape onto your rod
tip - reverse the battery or store it when not using the
The battery is at the left. You can see bites
from 30 feet after dark!
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