Channel catfish bait

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by amatuer cat catcher, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. amatuer cat catcher

    amatuer cat catcher New Member

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    im new and there is a channel cat lake near my house i was wondering wll they eat mennows?
     
  2. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Sure! Channel cats will eat just about anything, but I prefer natural baits. Minnows can be used live, dead, whole, or cut. If you only have small minnows, you can put several on a hook to give a larger profile. Good luck!
     

  3. catfishing is fun

    catfishing is fun New Member

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    i agree channels will eat anything, but i use chicken liver and also night crawlers dipped in a mixture of blood and vanilla exstract
     
  4. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    In a word YES they do eat minnows
     
  5. Ghoulscout 13

    Ghoulscout 13 New Member

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    try chicken livers or shirmp, they are more expensive than minnows but you get more and youll catch better fish
     
  6. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    They will work, but find out if there are any baitfish like shad in the area you will be fishing. Catfish will eat natural baits without even thinking twice, because that is what they eat for all their meals.
     
  7. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    chicken liver, worms, or beef liver all seem to work good for me. take a selection with you incase one thing doesnt work. good luck. take some pics when you catch the big one!
     
  8. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    oh yeah chicken livers are only 1.33$ at walmart which is pretty cheap just thought id let you know haha.:big_smile:
     
  9. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I have heard, they will eat minnows but I have never caught one on minnows, just worms and liver.
     
  10. young catfisherman

    young catfisherman New Member

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    oooo yeah channels will eat any thing i have caught 1 one a straw berry!
     
  11. BIGCAT DADDY 71

    BIGCAT DADDY 71 New Member

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    i always first try a big ball of nightcrawlers tied with thread, then i go smelly.
     
  12. ChrisR602

    ChrisR602 New Member

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    I Also Agree I Catcht Them On A Variety Of Baits
    Garlic Doughballs I Make At Home Or Cut Bluegill Dip In Anise
    Oil.
     
  13. new to fishing

    new to fishing New Member

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    the best thing i have found to work were i fish is chicken liver and night crawlers
     
  14. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    The best bait would be seasonal... worms or cut bait in the spring, cut bait or chicken livers in the summer, cut bait in the fall. For cut bait, use baitfish that is fresh and caught in the same water you're fishing. Fresh means just that... it must bleed when cut. After 30 minutes in the water, it's no longer fresh and should be replaced. Also Danny Kings works really well for channels.
     
  15. hawkman

    hawkman Member

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    chubs work the best for me alive or cut bait
     
  16. just cats

    just cats New Member

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    James, they'll eat anything that has some protein in it. One good bait this time of year for channels that I didn't see anyone mention so far are grasshoppers. They are full grown right now and they are a very good channel cat bait if you can find any . Get the biggest ones you can. They are pretty easy to catch early mornings before it warms up, they are sluggish then. Once the sun warms them up you'll have to run em down.
     
  17. catfishtonyd

    catfishtonyd New Member

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    Shrimp has become my favorite channel catfish bait.
     
  18. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    My favorite bait for big channels is a fresh cut bluegill head. Shad and Shrimp work very good also.
     
  19. TonyJr

    TonyJr New Member

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    I'll comfirm what he posted! I fish cut bait year round!