Best baits for channel catfish?

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by joe shmoe, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. joe shmoe

    joe shmoe New Member

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    what r the best baits for channels
     
  2. DemolitionMan

    DemolitionMan New Member

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    Depends on the time of year and temps....Stink baits work in "hot" weather....All around, cut/live bait works best....Dwight
     

  3. slimepig

    slimepig New Member

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    spring n summer, i prefer danny kings, fall n winter i use chicken liver.
     
  4. Bacardipr05

    Bacardipr05 New Member

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    Down these parts the dough stink baits really dont work much. I use nightcrawlers, medium size shrimp,pieces of hot dog, pieces of chicken soaked in garlic and salt, corn dipped in anise and few other baits.
     
  5. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    i think worms and liver are the best, but its all preferance. channels bite anything that stinks
     
  6. catfishsolich

    catfishsolich New Member

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    Chicken liver and night crawlers are good. I also like sonnys dip bait and catfish charlies shad flavor dip bait. I hear alot about danny kings but I havent tried it yet plan to try it soon. Good luck, Chris
     
  7. godsglad8tor

    godsglad8tor New Member

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    mallows and mealworms, nightcrawlers, shrimp, chicken livers, mackrel, anchovies, shad and your choice of dip baits work good here in so cal
     
  8. Cat Man Joe

    Cat Man Joe New Member

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    For the lakes I fish here in Illinois most everyone Ive ever met, or know, fishes with Sonnys stink bait. Works really well but Ive never caught anything over 6# with it.
     
  9. rocko

    rocko New Member

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    get some catalpa worms. they work excellent. the only other thing i use is doughbait i catch 300-400 cat a year april to october.
     
  10. dewboy24us

    dewboy24us New Member

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    crawlers, cut shad, livers and a lot of sonny's dip bait. sonny's is my main producer and what i've caught my biggest channel on at 18 lb.
     
  11. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Steven you have recieved a lot of good suggestions on bait. Live and cut bait our the best. However on any lake an any given day the fish will prefer one bait over the other.So take several of the suggestions on each trip.The fish will let you know which they want that day.:big_smile:
     
  12. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Cut bait works best for me, all the channels I caught over 7 pounds came on bluegill heads or cut creek chubs. I dont use stinkbait or livers any.
     
  13. Zombie76

    Zombie76 New Member

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    I fish several of the smaller lakes around here, and 'crawlers and chicken liver work great most often. However the biggest cat I've gotten came on a cut 'gill.
     
  14. Gibbzilla

    Gibbzilla New Member

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    Nothing beats cut bluegill here in East Texas. Nightcrawlers and live bluegills come in second.
     
  15. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    I like cut shad and shrimp really works well on them here where I fish for them at. Also, I work at a fish house and have access to baits others might never get a chance to get in quantity. One of the best I've ever used for channels was striped bass liver. It's incredible. It just falls off the hook easy though. Caught 5 over 10lbs in about 3 minutes on one rod with all the others baited with fresh cut shad. Caught some small ones as well. If you could get it to stay on the hook it would get bit. If your lake as freshwater mussels those can be absolutely killer as well if they are big enough.
     
  16. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    Chicken liver usually works good for me.
     
  17. godsglad8tor

    godsglad8tor New Member

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    ive tried bluegill heads several times and no bites at all, even dip them in bowkers, hogwild, even drown them in garlic powder, must be the cats in KY i guess
     
  18. CatfishJohn.612

    CatfishJohn.612 New Member

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    I use Danny Kings and chicken livers seasoned in garlic and salt.
     
  19. GUNTZ

    GUNTZ New Member

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    I CATCH ALOT OF CHANNELS ON TROTLINE USING SHRIMP HERE IN TEXAS
     
  20. TX Catman

    TX Catman New Member

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    I like usin a big hunk or chicken liver consuming the hook, that or cut up shad