Some of the Best catfishing spots Ive fished have been private lakes/ponds or private access to the sweet spots on a river. There are so many untapped goldmines of farm lakes and ponds holding large fish in quantity that never get touched. Getting access to them may be easier than you think. Couple of years ago, a long time fishing buddy that had moved out to the country invited me down for some fishing. We loaded up and headed to a farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere. On the way there, my buddy was jumping with excitement as he told me how his last trip here yielded him 12-15 nice cats (5-20#) in about 3 hours. I asked how he knew the owner of the Farm, his reply, I dont really. I then asked how then do we get to fish such a killer spot, I asked he said. Turns out, A lot of the farmers with large or multiple bodies of water are happy to get someone fishing their lakes. Most are worried that the lake will get stunted out from lack of harvesting. My buddy was just driving around one weekend, spotted a nice looking lake, stopped and asked the owner if he ever allowed anyone to fish it and the guy couldnt have been nicer. Not only did he get permission to fish that lake, but also he told him of a few other farmers to look up and he ended up with at least half a dozen prime fishing locations in the area. If you decide to fish on someones property/private lake or area, please keep these in mind though: 1) ALWAYS get permission first!! Trespassing is NOT the way to find fish. If the guy says no, thank him and be on your way. You may even get a few nasty ones that give you a hard time just for asking, just say thanks anyways and leave. Youll be surprised how many will say yes though. 2) Pack it in, clean it up, and Pack it out. You are a guest on HIS property. Respect it!! If you restring a reel, wad up the string and put it in your pocket, not the ground. Liver tubs, hook packages, cans, etc etc. If its a farm, you are standing on the mans livelihood. You wouldnt go to your best friends house, smack his wife on the rump, crap on his floor, and kick the dog on the way out would ya.. (if you answer yes to this, quit reading this and head to the Party Cove of your nearest largest Lake, youll fit right in). 3) Respect his wishes. If he doesnt want fish taken out of certain size, kind, etc. whatever, then DONT. If he has a stay out of the back 40 type area, then stay out. Hes giving you a privilege, not a right. Remember that. 4) If you have a good day and are harvesting the fish, Offer him some Cleaned fillets. I like to do this an appreciation for letting me fish a golden spot. You dont have to, just I feel if the guy is letting me fish a honey hole, its the least I can do. You can go on and on about what you should and shouldnt do, mostly common sense, but those are some of the most basic ones. Ive had days where we were pulling in nice cat after nice cat, Bsing with owner, and his wife come out with a full course dinner of homegrown, homestyle cooking that makes your knees buckle its so good. Most these guys are the salt of the earth and a lot of times you leave there feeling a better person just for knowing them.