While most people believe that a Catfish is just a bottom dweller… nothing could be further from the truth. I prefer to call these fish, “opportunistic feeders”. These fish love live bait! Sure, they will eat your offerings of stink bait, but they love fresh bait too. In most cases, they would prefer live or recently deceased food, over dead and laying bait. These fish “do” use their noses to locate their prey. They generally bite softer than lots of other fish, but once they know they’re wanted, top-side they will go. They’ll go to any length to stay down, and not let you see them. They fight hard, and the bottom is their friend, and “will” find any branch, rock or debri to try and stay there. Catfish, of the Bullhead, Channel, and sometimes White varieties, can be found in most all of the lakes and rivers in Northern California. Average size is about 2-10 pounds, but some have been caught up to 25 pounds and over.