Fisherman Reel In Catfish On Ditty Poles

John Campbell, KCRG-TV9

On a foggy morning in early August, Chad O’Brien and Keith Donnelly of Independence were cruising the Wapsi with an eye to the river banks.

“We are going to check some ditty poles,” Donnelly said. “Chad and I set out the poles last night on the Wapsi and we are going to check them this morning.”

Every angler can set five ditty poles, and they must check those poles once every 24 hours.

Donnelly is normally a bass fisherman, but he got into the ditty pole scene earlier this year. O’Brien has been doing this for three years. His kids love to go out at night, set the poles and then see the results.

On this morning, the two approached a bobbing pole and found a catfish waiting on the end of the line. They estimated it was about 12 pounds.

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