Channel Catfish

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Good day. I am seeking the best baits for small lake channel catfish. If you have a favorite and would like the share your help would be greatly appriciated.

Jim

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catfish bait

This may sound crazy, but it works. Where I live I have found that I can catch catfish with just about anything (cubes of cheddar cheese, pieces of stale french bread, chicken skin, chunks of microwaved hotdogs, cubes of an old sponge, or anything else that will stay on a hook). My secret is the scent. I stir up and soak my bait in mayonaise. The catfish love this scent and I never fail to catch nice fish with this.

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cat fish bait

That would be the oil trail it dispenses. Anything oily attracts fish, especially catfish. I have heard of people using all sorts of oil based products (WD-40!!). I use fish oils from the bait shop. It does help

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catfish bait

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Used that gooey plastic bait that looks like baby rainbow trout, about 4" long ... might've been just the color as it was a muddy lake ...

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catfish bait

Take a pack of hot dogs,and cut into bait size.Place in a quart zip lock bag with 1
tablespoon garlic powder and 1 package of
strawberry Jello powder with just enough
water to make a thin paste.Place outside in
sun for 1 week. Good luck. Ken

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Catfish bait for Rivers

I live along a stretch of river that withOUT a boat I can NOT reach any deep holes any ideas on what bait will draw them out OR to me from down stream?

Jameson
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Put on pretty good shad, no weight then let the current take it down the river until then you stop it where you want it

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Catfish bait for Rivers

19James73, I've spent most of my life fishing from the bank simply because I couldn't afford a good, dependable boat! Keep in mind that you sort of have to "hunt" for catfish... much like you would for game. But, once you've found them, you've probably got a good fishin' hole for a long time.

On a river, it depends on what time of the "season" it is as to where they are located. During spawning season, they usually come into the shallow water during the daytime to spawn. They usually like to find areas with rocks (not pebbles, rocks), logs, fallen trees and tree limbs, and such for this.

When catfish are spawning, you can usually use almost any kind of bait to catch them! I've had excellent luck with worms, minnows, crickets, Catalpa worms, grasshoppers, grub worms, chicken livers, shrimp, bacon, hot dogs, blood baits, cut baits, store bought stink baits, home made stink baits... and, even white marshmallows!! Actually, the list goes on and on!

When catfish are not spawning, they like to spend the hot days of summer in the deeper holes out in the river. And, although a few will venture into the shallows during the daytime, it will only be a few... and, not very often. At this time of year, I don't waste my time sitting on a river bank in the sweltering sun waiting for a stray catfish to bite!!

Fishing at night is when I've had my best luck catching catfish after they have spawned! They have spent the day (at least, most of it) laying on the bottom of a deep hole... with little to nothing to eat. So, when the sun goes down, the water temps drop slightly, and they move into the shallows in search of food. This is when you can easily reach the catfish with just a rod and reel, a pole, or a throw line. Heck, at night, I've even caught some nice catfish as little as 4 feet from the bank!!

When fishing at night, the water is dark. And, the catfish has little to no visibility. So, keep in mind that a bait that has an odor to it will probably do better than any other.

Fishing at night for catfich, I've used night crawlers, Catalpa worms, and stink baits with great success. But, of all the baits I've used at night, a big ole chunk of chicken liver has worked better for me than any other. I don't know what it is about it, but catfish love chicken blood. And, the liver contains a bunch of it!

There are two downsides to using chicken livers. First, it takes a bit of practice to cast them without "slinging" them off. But, with some care and practice, you should be able to master this in no time! Second, turtles love chicken blood too. And, they can be quite annoying some times. But, for me... dealing with the turtles is always worth the catfish that I catch!! :>)

To rig things up for night fishing, I use a heavy weight and a hook with about a 6 inch leader on it. I tie the hook on about 12 to 14 inches from the end of the line. I tie the weight on the very end of the line. Sometimes, I even tie a second hook about 12 to 14 inches above the first one. And, I've gotten "two at once" lots of times! Bait it, cast it out, tighten your line, and wait. If there are any catfish in the area, it won't be long before they'll bite!! :>)

Good luck to you! And, if you catch more than you can handle, give me a shout! I'll gladly help you clean'em, cook'em... and eat'em!!! :>O

beebiz

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channel cat baits

I,m an avid fisherman. I currently live in fl. But i lived in st. Louis Mo. for seven yrs. I used to do a lot of cat fishing channel,s ,blue,s, flat heads. but my most succesful channel bait was cut river herring & shad. for smaller size channel,s i,d cut haf" strips of small shad. for large channels i,d cut 3"to4" river herrring slices. You can use large shad! But river herring have a much better oil content . large channel,s and Blue,s can,t resist them.when the fishing is slow dip cut bait,s in atractant,s!!!!!!!!

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And I Thought ...

... you were only supposed to get fish-smelly AFTER catchin' somethin'!!!

Good advice Fish Whisperer :)

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catfishing anytype of cat

here in ohio i buy chicken liver then i soak it in anise oil actstract and put it in little pockets of panty hose to assure hold to hook sure to lure in the biggest chatches u will want to fight

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Spoiled shrimp work well

I keep shrimp left over from shrimp coctail in the freezer. Catfish in the St Lucie river will bite this even if it is a bit frozen, but like it best thawed and a little bit "old".

Sue

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When we plan on fishing off

When we plan on fishing off the dock we use a bag of dogfood. Stab a few holes in the bag first then put the bag in a cage attached to a string tied off to the dock. We do this a few days before we plan to fish. It really attracts the catfish in closer.

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HOMEMADE DOW BALLS

DOES ANY FISHERMAN KNOW HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE DOW BALLS?

Heather Fegett
catfish bait

chicken livers and night crawlers work for me

Chris Holgreaves
Worms for fishing

Most of the fishermen are aware of using the right kind of worms for fishing that can temp the fishes and they can easily be caught. However, the amateur fisherman learn has to learn the skills to catch the great preys.

DGM_x10
Love to fish for cats!

My most efficient bait is chopped hotdogs to good circle hook size and a can of sardines. Mix the two in a jar. Size of jar depends on bait quantity. Add a little cooking oil to spread the "stink". Shake jar vigorously. Let sit for a night. Presto! A catfish bait that is ready for the hook and brings in the catfish from afar. Once the catfish are in the area, its easy to switch to ivory soap when you runout of bait bits. This is my style anyways... and my kung-fu is strong!

Jay Ellington
The best baits for catfish

Pretty simple here in Kansas, they bite on different things each month. Spring: Night crawlers, shrimp. Summer: Chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs. Fall: Dough bait, dip bait, punch bait. Winter(when we can fish): Dough bait, cut bait

Bumpstead
Favorite channel cat bait

I've allways done good with a half dollar size of cut fresh mackerel.
Works every time. And I allways come home with my limit.

Blair Severson
Best catfish bait

The best bait for catfish in warm water conditions from my experience is blood bait. It is simply blood from a slaughter house that coagulates that you then cut into cubes and put on the hook. It is great for trout lines and stobbers but, not for rods because it easily falls off. It is inexpensive and always a success! Best for channels and blues in the rivers. Good Luck!!!

royy
blood bait

my brother uses nothing else on his trotlines and he catches the channel cats...we have made some and bought some homemade that does stay on rod and reel...i think he uses brown sugar,salt, and a small amount of pet milk...and sunshine...just guessin...i like chicken liver wrapped with elastic thread (walmart),it stays on very good....good luck...roy

royy
catfish

I LIKE FISHING FROM BANK (TO OLD DRAG IN FLATHEADS ON TROTLINES ANYMORE,THE BIG ONES)...THINK OF CATFISH AS DEER...YOUR BEST WAY OF GETTING A DEER IS FEEDING THEM (UNLESS YOU CAN WALK UPON THEM WHEN THEY ARE RESTING)...
FEED THEM IN...BRING THE FISH TO YOU AND YOUR AREA....IT IS CALLED CHUMMIN...READ AND LEARN ALL ABOUT IT....I HAVE USED COTTON SEED CAKE, HOG PELLETS, CATTLE PELLETS (LARGE SIZE)....BUT PROBABLY THE BEST IS CATFISH FOOD...40 OR 50 LB SACKS FROM TRACTOR SUPPLY OR FARM STORE...USE YOUR IMAGINATION, NOW LEARN TO MAKE BAIT OUT OF THE SAME STUFF....LIKE MIXING WITH A LITTLE WATER AND ADDING BREAD UNTIL DOUGHIE, MIX IN A COTTON BALL (SPREAD OUT)...TRY STRAIGHT BEFORE ADDING OTHER INGREDIENTS....USE SMALL BUCKSHOT WEIGHT...THIS IS FOR FISH HUNGARY PEOPLE...(NOTE: FLOATING PELLETS, MIX SOMETHING WITH THEM SO THEY WILL SINK...ROY

louisianaFisherman
catching catfish louisiana with homemade bait

Catch fresh common carp put on ice fast
Depending on how much bait you want i usually catch two from lakes or where ever you can go. Then cut them in 1-2 in
pieces till you get to the head with the extra guts put it in a blender with garlic salt grind the guys up with a little water then put it in a quart ziplock bag with a cup of diced garlic out the (jar) set in a old ice chest outside in the sun for 2-3 days then try it out thanks hope its useful

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