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How To Catch Catfish

Updated on December 2, 2014
Catching Catfish can be easier than you think if you'll follow the tips below.
Catching Catfish can be easier than you think if you'll follow the tips below.

How To Catch Catfish

There are a few basic methods that are almost always effective in catching catfish. But keep in mind that some methods work better in some waters than in others. A specific bait may work better in one lake than in another. If you know anglers that are catching catfish in one particular lake or river ask nicely and they may be willing to tell you what they are catching their catfish on.

In most lakes I have fished you do not want your bait to be moving so you need to fish your bait at the bottom with a sinker 16 - 24 inches back up the line. You want enough line between the sinker and the bait so that the catfish can pick up and take the bait with out it feeling any unnatural weight. I have quite often fished two hooks on the same line and caught two hungry catfish at the same time.

The two big baits for catfish are chicken livers and whole shrimp. Chicken livers are hard to fish so some people use pieces of pantyhose to keep the chicken livers on the hook but I myself use partially frozen chicken livers and they stay on the hook fine for me that way. When you use the shrimp you want to remove the shells and the tail and thread your peeled shrimp onto a number 6 hook.

I have also seen and had success with blood worms , commercial catfish baits , living and dead small fish , pieces of large minnows , live minnows , night crawlers , and dough balls. But I have found that the best baits for large catfish are the natural baits with the exception of the catfish bait I am going to give you the recipe for below.

My Secret Catfish Bait

Now don't get squeamish when mixing this bait because I promise you it will catch more catfish than anything you will ever try. It will stink though so I'll warn you up front. I have a food processor in the garage to make this bait up with. If your looking for the best stink bait ever for catfish this is it.

For Your Catfish Bait You Will Need.

1. One Pound Of Thawed Chicken Livers.

2. One Pound Of Shrimp With Tails And Shells Removed.

3. One Pound Of Shredded Cheddar Cheese.

4. One Large Jar Of Anchovies.

You want to puree each of the above items with your food processor and pour into a large plastic bucket. Now to this bucket pour in the below items.

1. Two Large Boxes Of Powdered Strawberry Jello.

2. One Box Of Well Crushed Saltine Crackers.

3. Two Pound Bag Of Flour.

Mix well. I use a large wooden spoon. You want to be sure that you mix your ingredients together very well. Be sure that nothing stays in the bottom of the bucket. Once you have every thing very well mixed try to roll up a ball of the mixture with your hands and see if it has the right consistency to stay on a hook in the water. If not you want to add more flour until it does. Just don't over add the flour. Sometimes I have to add more flour and sometimes I don't.

You can make the bait up ahead of time but you will have to keep it in the refrigerator or iced down until you get ready to go fishing with it. Once you get to your fishing spot use small balls of the mixture that you pack tightly around a hook and you will catch catfish like you never have before.

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Catfish like to feed at night so you will have better luck fishing for catfish at night. You can also do well fishing for catfish when it is raining or cloudy. And I have found over time that catfish feed better on nights when there is no moon.

You can if its not illegal bait a area to attract catfish into a particular area. Soured grain will work well to get catfish into a particular area. I have also used cheap pellet type dog food but I soak it overnight so that it will sink well and get down to where the catfish will be feeding.

I make soured grain by purchasing a large sack of cracked corn and after I add the cracked corn to a large plastic bucket I add three packs of yeast and a two pound bag of sugar and I let it work for about five days before I drain the liquid away and use the grain to bait up a catfish hole.

Here on this page are some really good tricks you can use to catch catfish and above is my secret recipe for the best stink bait I have ever made for catfish. I hope you will try out some of these methods for catching catfish and that you will come back and post a comment.

Thanks for taking the time to read my hub page on How To Catch Catfish. If you have comments or questions please post them below.

(C) August 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost. This content was produced for Hub Pages and is not to be copied or used on other sites.
(C) August 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost. This content was produced for Hub Pages and is not to be copied or used on other sites.

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    • mgeorge1050 profile image


      4 years ago from West Georgia

      Great article, thanks for sharing your tips and bait recipe. I am going to try this out come summer time.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      It really is the best catfish bait you will ever try. It is the best catfish bait ever.

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      steve writes 

      8 years ago from Missouri

      I appreciated the article and maybe i need to try your recipe out. The recipe i had use for making my dough bait was simpler. But still effective. Using cherry jello and adding corn starch enough that it will dough up. but also buying a can sardines in oil. adding the sardine oil to the jello mixture then placing in the fridge til it doughs up.


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