Anytime is a good time to get after the catfish, however CatDaddy says when water levels are elevated it can up the ante when it comes to action. When there is high water combined with a constant influx of water coming in, the fish are on the feed 24/7, he says. Fishing below the spillway, although rough, can have you hooking limits in no time. First and foremost, CatDaddy says, you need a really good 30 to 40 pound anchor in order to stay put with the water rushing around you. After locking down a spot to anchor up, you'll be targeting the catfish that are feeding on other fish that have been beat up on the rocks in the fast current. The catfish will go right up into the wild water to pick off the fish that are stunned and floating, CatDaddy says. Whatever you want to throw in a situation like this, the catfish will eat it up. CatDaddy recommends shad guts, shad sides, crappie guts and crappie rib cages as very effective baits.
Switching gears, CatDaddy says it's still premature to be fishing the bean hole, but preparation should begin now! Fermented beans don't just happen overnight, so CatDaddy suggests getting several five gallon buckets, lining them up and filling them halfway with soybeans and the other half with water. Once they're full, put a tight fitting lid on them and put a small vent in it to allow the beans to breath, or "burp" as CatDaddy says. Without a vent, your bean buckets will be blowing their tops so don't forget! Put your buckets somewhere they will get a good amount of sun and then just let them sit and ferment. Once the bean hole season comes around, you'll have gallons of stinky, fermented, catfish attracting slop at your fingertips. Now is a good time to go out and find a good place to establish your very own bean hole. CatDaddy says it should be a nice flat area with some good trees to tie up to. You'll want to tie up in the same spot every time so mark the spot. When it comes time to activate the bean hole, you'll tie up to your designated spot and pour several buckets of beans out all the way around your boat. When you come back in 3 to 4 days, take a couple more five gallon buckets with you so you can chum the water by scooping and throw the fermented beans into the water to attract the catfish. Then, rig up your pole, put some dip bait on the end and hang on because the catfish will be waiting and ready to strike.