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Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by tomcat85, Jan 28, 2007.
just wanted to see how everyone fished and what there preference was.
I USUALLY USE CUT BAIT FOR CHANNELS.
well, here I use chicken liver and nightcrawler but someday it can use shiner as livebait. my dad caught 8 pound channel on shiner. They also use cutbait shad for winter.
If you are going to fish a small pond or lake at night, nothing beats a small live gill tossed right in the weeds or just at the outer edge. In the river you can find more fish with cut bait. The smell travels down stream and the fish follow it back up.
I've caught more channels on chicken liver than any other bait, but I've caught larger ones on cut shad. Caught a few using chubs that were alive and dead.
i like livers for channels but cutbait would be the second
I use either chicken liver, live shinner minnows, or nightclawers.
I have caught channels on live bait, but i have caught alot more on cut
In the spring I like to use chicken livers. We catch a few stripers with them as well. I've tried cut-bait but haven't caught much. We catch flatheads when fishing with live bait (mostly bream).
I like chicken liver, shrimp, but I think the best is live bluegills. Its there
natural food source.
small live blugills, cut shiner, and shad strips
I like LIVE Creek Chubs the best and then id use fresh cut shad followed by chicken livers & then shrimp !!!
I use cutbait for channels, and livers (i dislike livers now because of 3 hooks full falling down my back in one trip lol)
For channels, sometimes I use them whole, sometimes cut, I'll usually throw out a line with a whole one on, then another line with a shad head on, and whatever it seems like they're hitting better, then that's what I use.
Live seems to attract more flatheads whereas i've had more luck on liver and cut shad for channels. Nightcrawlers have also produced some feverish action, especially after a rain.
most always use cut bait,chubs shad and skipies. last year danny kings punch bait out fished the cut though.
I live in Illinois and the best bait I've found so far is Geno's stink bait from Carlyle, a few years ago I was told that it was a good channel cat bait by some fishers at the dam so back in 94 I decided I'd try some at Rend Lake. Within 6 days me and my dad caught aprox. 60 channels brought home around 45 of them and had so much catfish to eat that I was tired of them for a while, most were between 2 to 8 lb.
My best sucess here in Michigan, is raw shimp with the shell on, right out of the grocery store. I also use sucker bellies cut into 1" X2" stripes. You can catch 3 to 4 cats on a stripe. Sucker really stays on a hook well.
channels seem to like dead bait best...they will eat live bait but you will also have more of a chance to catch other types of catfish with live bait...when i say dead bait i don't mean rotten...use fresh dead bait...whole or cut herring or shad are real good baits...also FRESH large shrimp work well.
I find it hard to go wrong with live/cut bluegill and/or live/cut Sucker Minnows. I caught my largest on a sucker minnow with the tail cut off.