How to Catch Clown Knife Fish

Clown knife fish are native to South America and the Amazon basin, and they can be found in many freshwater and brackish habitats. For anglers looking for a challenge, these unusual-looking fish can provide an exciting fishing experience.

If you’re interested in catching clown knife fish, here’s what you need to know.

Where to Find Clown Knife Fish

Clown knife fish prefer warm, slow-moving water such as ponds, lakes, and slow-moving rivers. They tend to stay near the bottom of the water column near vegetation and other structures such as logs and rock piles where they can hide from predators.

In areas with heavy vegetation or sunken logs or trees, look for areas where there is no cover—clown knife fish like to hang out in these empty spots looking for food.

What Bait Should You Use?

When it comes to bait selection, it’s important to keep in mind that clown knife fish have small mouths so you don’t want to use a bait that is too large. Live bait such as worms, crickets, grasshoppers, or minnows are all good options.

You may also want to try artificial baits such as jigs or spinners. Experiment with different colors and sizes until you find something that works well for your particular area.

Techniques for Catching Clown Knife Fish

The key is to keep your presentation slow and steady so that the clown knife fish has time to investigate the bait before striking.

When using live bait, use a light line so that it moves naturally through the water column—the more lifelike your presentation is the better! If using artificial baits, experiment with different retrieves until you find one that works best for your area.

It usually helps if you give the lure a few sharp jerks before allowing it to settle back down—this mimics an injured prey item which can be attractive to clown knife fish!

Finally, remember when fishing for clown knife fish patience is key—sometimes they won’t strike right away but rather take their time investigating before finally deciding whether or not they will take the bait!


With its unique appearance and distinctive behavior patterns, clown knife fish offer anglers an exciting challenge on the water.

Whether you are fishing from shore or from a boat, if you follow these tips you should have no problem catching one of these unusual species!

So grab your gear and get ready for an unforgettable fishing experience!

Joshua Hickman

Joshua has a vast knowledge of different types of fish and how to catch them, and he loves sharing this information with others. When he's not writing or fishing, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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