I love catch channel cats. What’s the most productive bait to use?

I love catch channel cats. What’s the most productive bait to use?

Every person who fishes for channel catfish very long has a few favorite bait choices, but for newer fishermen fishing for channel cat, perhaps the best advice would be to try a few each time you go out, and let the fish determine which ones they deem choice cuisine of the day at that particular time. That being said, catfish are not picky eaters, and they generally like foods that are smelly. Whether you use natural bait like shrimp or night crawlers, commercial stink baits, artificial bait, or old standbys such as chicken liver or hearts or home made bait, trial and error might be the best way to determine what the fish are biting where you are fishing. If you are considering making your own bait, you might want to remember that since channel catfish are often bottom dwelling fish, they live in places that are murky, and rely heavily on their sense of smell to find food. For this reason, they are partial to foods that have lots of smell. They like garlic, smelly fish or cheeses such as sardines, shrimp, limburger cheese, or fermented grain and rancid meats. Channel catfish have been known to bite ivory soap bait as well. Choosing the right bait to use for channel catfish is important, but there is no set rule on what is the best choice. Use your good judgment and a bit of experience to determine what works best for you. Most anglers find that having a variety of options available to them gives them the most likely help in catching their fish.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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