Cedar Creek Lake Channel Catfish

For many Texas anglers, summer is the catfishing season. Though in Cedar Creek Lake, blues are more common than channels, there is still some great channel fishing to be had.

If you’re targeting channel catfish, here we will cover the basics of where to catch them, some tips and tricks to help you catch more, and the gear you will need to get the job done.

Where to Fish for Channel Cats

In the summertime when the weather becomes hot the channel cats tend to head deeper in waters at least 25 feet deep. They are searching for cooler waters with lower light conditions to escape the heat. Though, nighttime you can still catch them coming out into the shallows to feed.


Try Vertical Fishing

Summer often means vertical fishing when you’re after catfish. If you end up casting for them you’ll very likely get stuck on the brush if there is a lot of vegetation in the area you are fishing.

Make Contact with the Bottom

You need to let your bait make contact with the bottom and then reel it up about two reel turns. Pay close attention to your rod tip because sometimes the cats will just mouth your bait so if you notice a little action, be prepared to set your hook hard to really bury it.

Use Chicken Liver

For many anglers, chicken liver is a favorite for catching cats. The blood can attract catfish and it’s also pretty tough so it will stay on your hook pretty firmly. It’s also pretty budget-friendly, and widely available, so you really can’t go wrong with it.

If you’re not having luck with chicken liver, stink bait and cutbait also work well for channel catfish.


If you’re targeting larger catfish you may want a baitcasting rod for fighting these heavier fish. If you’re fishing smaller catfish you can get away with a medium to medium light spinning rod.

Read more about channel catfish fishing tips here.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Sep. 21)

EXCELLENT. Water normal stain; 81-84 degrees; 3.63 feet low. Fishing continues to be excellent with patterns similar. Crappie are excellent in brush piles in 10-14 feet of water minnows and small jigs. The fish are starting to transition into the fall pattern. White bass and hybrid bass are excellent, surfacing on top chasing shad. Rattletraps and spoons are working good, but once the fish quit schooling, go to humps using a silver slab. Largemouth bass are excellent shallow feeding early in the mornings and late in the evenings, using chatterbaits and buzzbaits against rocks and docks. Some fish on brush but the better quality is coming shallow. Catfish are good on humps with live shad. Report by Kyle Miers, Lake Country Outfitters.

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