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Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by catfishing is fun, Feb 3, 2007.
would small channels fished the sam as bullheads work to catch flatheads
probably, never thought about using channels for bait. try it out and let us kno. id make sure theres plenty of channels around the area you plan to get them from before you use them for bait.
Check with your fish and game department. In Texas, its illegal to use channel cats for bait, as are other game fish. Bullheads aren't a game fish here, neither are gills, so they are O.k.
There is an old timer that runs setlines on the river and swears by small channels for bait.
i don't know, I never thought about use small channel for bait. I prefer to use gills for flathead.
The most important thing to consider is the law. Whether channels make good bait or not, if it's illegal to use them, don't do it. Here in NC you can't use bluegills caught in a net. You must catch them with a hook. I've seen wardens checking bait for any kind of sign that it had been caught properly (holes in the lip or mouth I guess). If it is legal I'm sure a hungry flathead wouldn't pass one up.
I know its not legal here to use channels nor would I. Bullheads are plentiful around here.
Unless they have changed it in the last year, it is illegal to use channels as bait in Missouri
Marshall here in Missouri Channel Cats are considered a game fish and use as bait is illegal.
I hear that small channels, make good bait.
They are legal to use for bait here in Louisiana. I've tried them several times when other bait was hard to come by. I've never caught a thing on them. I know a couple others that have tried them with the same results as me.
i have tried them here in s.c. with no luck but have saw flatties caught with them.
i have caught a few nice flatheads using channel cats........trim thier dorsal and pectoral spines for better mouth feel and hook em through the tail just like a bullhead, they will stay alive for hours. I believe flatheads are opportunity feeders, if they come across a fish that is floundering in the water then they will hit it........