Catfish hitting in summer haunts

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News

Darrell “Killer” Taylor focuses on eating-size catfish this time of year, and the fishing has been good at Lake Conroe.

Taylor uses his own Catfish Killer punch bait to attract the fish for his customers. In wintertime, he switches to jug lines for trophy-sized fish.

Anglers don’t think shallow water for most species in the Texas summer, but catfishermen are different, especially on South Texas rivers at night, when the fish move out of the holes and into shallower water to feed.

River anglers have been locating cats at night in the Colorado River near Eagle Lake and the Trinity River near Bridge City. Somerville Lake has seen big changes the past few years, and the fish and fishermen are reaping the benefits.

At Lake Waco, the fishing is fair but expected to improve.

“The fish aren’t on the bottom, said guide James Tucker with Fish Hauler Guide Service. “We don’t have a thermocline and the water temperatures (86 to 89 degrees) are a little lower than usual for this time of year.”

Tucker has been having his best luck in the evening from 6 to 10:30 p.m., using cut shad and live perch for bait.

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