Who Will Be the Next King of Cats?

Somewhere among the banks of the Ohio River lays a prize catfish worth thousands of dollars – $35,000 to be exact! The Cabela’s King Kat Northern Catfishing Championship guarantees a minimum payout of $35,000 in cash and prizes, and possibly more depending on the number of register anglers, maybe it’s time for you to pick up a pole!

“The size of the fish is one reason for the big-catfish phenomenon that’s sweeping the country,” says Ben Goebel, B’n’M Poles Prostaff angler. “They just keep getting bigger and bigger each year.”

Mark your calendar for September 23-24 for a weekend of live action and live music. For those of you whose hobbies include spectating, don’t worry, there will still be lots to enjoy!


For the “Future-Wannbe” Anglers:

Kids will have a blast fishing along the same riverfront as the anglers launching the big boats. Saturday morning signups will open at 8:00 a.m. and the Kid’s Fishing Rodeo will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All participants will receive a small prize. All kids must have a parent present, and bring a life-jacket and fishing pole, whether you encourage your kids to dig up their own worms is up to you!


For the “Curious City-Folk”:

Most Kentuckians are no stranger to fishing, but mind me when I tell you these are no ordinary catfish! “Henderson is known for catfish — big catfish,” says Ron Presley, Catfish Journal. If you want to catch a glimpse of these river monsters, the best time to spectate will at the weigh-in site, anglers will start bringing in their catches at 3:00 p.m. So be sure to stop by the Henderson Water Street Boat Ramps in the late afternoon on September 23rd & 24th to see some big fish!


For the “All-I-Caught-Was-An-Old-Boot” Anglers:

If you had a long day on the river and nothing to show for it, then what you need to do is walk on down to the Dinner on the River with Peerless Distillery, held in Audubon Mill Park, which overlooks the river and Water Street boat ramp, 6-10pm. At this picnic-inspired party, guests bring their own picnic dinner (we suggest grabbing barbecue from Tom’s Market booth), and guests can also purchase and enjoy their favorite Peerless beverages in the riverfront park.

There will be a cash bar at this 21 and over event. The bar will consist of Peerless Moonshine, Local Craft Beer and Wine. And of course there will be live music and dancing at the event. You can also get back to your homes and hotels safely by taking advantage of the shuttle service provided at the event.

Tickets are $25 per person at the door, your ticket includes 1 free specialty drink ticket (and all the free sweet tea and water you can drink). Reserve a table for 6 or 8 ahead of time to save money! Dinner on the River is a fundraiser event for Henderson’s Main Street Organization, so whether you catch an old boot or want to celebrate a prize-winning catch, Dinner on the River is the best way to enjoy an authentic Henderson dining experience.


Click here to see a list of all local dining spots and other restaurants within walking distance of the riverfront.


Image and quotes provided by Ron Presley, Catfish Journal.