‘Catching Catfish’ class set for Feb. 15 at Stanford Center in GF

If the idea of doing battle with a big Red River catfish is sounding pretty good right about now, there’s an opportunity to learn more about catching them next Wednesday night.

Grand Forks fishing guide Brad Durick with a 20-pound class channel cat he caught in May 2011 on the Red River in Grand Forks. (Brad Dokken photo)

Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick will be teaching a “Catching Catfish” class from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Stanford Center in Grand Forks. The class is part of the Grand Forks Adult Community Education Program.

Durick, a Coast Guard-licensed fishing guide, said he’ll start the class with some Red River facts and figures. He’ll also talk about setting up gear, catfish seasonal patterns and then discuss some of the research he’s conducted looking at the impact of flow and water temperature on fishing success. Other topics to be covered include fishing in high water — which Durick did a lot of last year — and dealing with the low water that could be the norm this year if dry conditions persist.

“This is not the typical catch a catfish seminar,” Durick told me. “This will have specific stuff for experienced anglers but will start at a point where beginners can start, too.”

Registration for the class is $15. To sign up, contact the Grand Forks Adult Community Education Program at (701) 795-2777.

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