Hey Chris......first off a big welcome to the BOC from Western Kentucky. And to answer your question....why yes. Bluegills do make good catfish bait! I never use anything else to fish for catfish.....unless it is the dead of winter and I simply can't catch any Bluegills. Then i will use shad or skipjacks into cut bait.do bluegils make go cat fish bait???
Welcome to the BOC Chris. You're gonna learn alot here, I'm sure, and share with us what you know.
Absolutely bluegills are good bait, probably the best in most waters if you're targeting the larger cats. The ones from the very same waters that you're fishing are the best; for one thing they'll live longer on the hook in the water they came out of, but I've wondered if there's not a scent or something that makes bait caught from the water you're fishing more attractive to the cats. I just know there's a difference between bluegill for bait caught from a pond and bluegill for bait from the river I fish. The river gills are definitely more hardy.
They are this year so far I have found that the flatheads are hitting on cut bait and small cut bait at the. i havent had any luck with live bait other than a few runs. I Did just speak with WV DNR today On June 25 at 3 PM and they specifically said “to use bluegill or any kind of pan fish you have to use the ones you catch from the body of water you’re fission and if you buy them you have to have a receipt with you.”do bluegils make go cat fish bait???
Bluegill doesn't age well at all. I have kept them on ice for a day or 2 and that isn't too bad. I tried freezing them a couple of times and when thawed they just turned to mush.cut bluegill is the way to go when you are looking for big blues or flats but for me they have to be fresh. they cant sit in the fridge or freezer for more than an hour or two.