Catfish action is winding down for the season with the onset of cooler weather and falling water temperatures, but there still may be a few more days to do battle with the whiskered brutes that roam the Red River — especially with weekend forecasts that call for highs in the 70s.
Kent Hollands of Grand Forks shared a photo of a catfish he caught the other day on the Red near Grand Forks. The side of the fish shown in the photo is peppered with small puncture holes and a larger wound near the tail that obviously is bleeding.
Hollands speculates a big pike attacked the catfish, and that’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility. Big northerns definitely inhabit the Red, and I’ve heard of the fish swallowing prey as large as adult ducks.
I’m at a loss to explain what else would have inflicted so many puncture wounds on the side of the catfish, but it obviously survived the ordeal well enough to take the bait Hollands put in front of it.
One things for sure, it’s a cruel world down there in the Red’s murky depths.