Editor’s Note: The third stop on our year-long Catfish Hotspots tour takes us to the northeast corner of the state to Pickwick Lake, where Brian Barton, a guide and former commercial catter for 30 years, shares his knowledge and some of his favorite fishing holes.
Guys like Brian Barton are a rare find. He spent his early years working his way through school by day and tending catfish trotlines at night. Decades ago, Pickwick Lake produced much of the supply to meet the demand for commercial catfish.
Then catfish farming hit the scene and commercial cat fishing began to dwindle. Barton parlayed his experience as a mass producer into a new career, becoming a one-at-a-timer, and hosting clients as a recreational catfish guide.