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Rates
Half Night4 to 5 hrs Start time varies
One angler$ 175
Two anglers225
Three anglers275
Full Night8 to 9 hrs Start time varies
One angler$ 250
Two anglers290
Three anglers330

San Joaquin Catfish Fishing

Catfish are a great sport fish. They are found all over the world in all different types of waters. In California, we have some of the best in the country. We have different species such as Channel Catfish (California record: 52 pounds); and Flathead Catfish (California record: 72 pounds, 14 ounces), all of which San Joaquin Guide Services fishes for. We can fish all of the lakes in Central California for catfish. However, we concentrate on our home waters on the San Joaquin River.

San Joaquin River Catfish Species

The San Joaquin River has both species, with the biggest being the Channel Catfish up to 30 pounds. Depending on the flow of the river we mainly fish at night, with fresh cut bait. We will move from spot to spot while anchoring. Catfishing is a great sport and a great species to catch, especially on heavy bass tackle. While it is true catfish generally taste good, those over 6 pounds do not. In addition, the ones over 6 pounds are mostly female and can live for up to 25 years. They can be over harvested very easily. We have caught the same fish several times. During warm water times of year, you can even swim with the same ones over and over. Swimming is also a good way to know the population of all fish in the river. Because catfish normally feed in low light conditions, we usually fish at night for either 4 to 5 hours or 8 to 9 hours. Any time of night is a good time. Running and fishing the river at night is good because of all the different sights and sounds you experience.

San Joaquin River Catfish Fishing Trip

Clients will meet guide at set time and location. Guide will go over safety precautions and plan for the night. Guide will supply all tackle and gear and will take pictures.

What to Bring for San Joaquin River Catfish Fishing:

  • Fishing license
  • Night fishing can be cool and wet on the river, even in summer, so warm comfortable clothes are important
  • Food and drink
  • Guide will provide ice chest
  • Sense of adventure!


  • You are welcome to bring your own fishing equipment, but it is unnecessary.
    San Joaquin River Catfish Fishing California Catfish Fishing California Channel Catfish Night Catfish Fishing
    San Joaquin Guide Service Service
    7215 Road 35
    Madera, CA 93636

    Experience is Everything Phone: (559) 351-9500
    Email: lmoosios@hotmail.com