Posted: September 1st, 2016 by Bill Dance
The Mississippi River is woven tightly in the fabric of America. It’s in our culture’s stories, songs, myths. Its very existence has helped us (America) exist through travel and commerce. It’s a tremendous resource in so many ways. Tennesseans are very lucky to have it along our western “shore,” running south from the state line of Kentucky to the border line of the State of Mississippi.
And, of course, through my livelihood and love for fishing, I’ve long come to know of another major benefit—recreational fishing.
The Mississippi is a prime location to fish catfish. In fact, it’s fabulous; and actually, these adjectives that I’m tossing around, may not accurately be enough. Right here in Tennessee, and fortunately for me, almost in my backyard, I have a massive waterway where I can go to catch huge, trophy catfish.
And you can, too.
The river has five different kinds of catfish: blues, yellows/flatheads, channels, bullhead and spoonbills. The most popular of these five are, in order of preference: blues, yellows and channels. History notes that at one time, circa 1800s, blue catfish were caught in the river that weighed more than 150 pounds and measured more than six feet long.
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