Salmon, Yes salmon is so effective on the lake i fish "wich is a resevoir of the mississippi: your waysting you time putting your pole down! i know it sounds like a fish story but it is true. The skin itself is great bait and you can hardly get it on the hook much less off. caught a 35pnd Blue yesterday 12.45pm 5 foot of the bank next to a large tree in the water, my biggest catfish. i had only been using salmon for three days. Give it a try the older a knarlyer the better. if you would like to see a picture of my fish PM me.