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Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by IfishFORcatfish, Nov 14, 2006.
anyone know of any spinner baits that work for catfish ???
i've had channels hit things like rooster tails in ponds, but not enough to call them a channel bait.
Yea what ski said....your best bet for catching channels would be sticking w/ the normal catfish baits
I have caught catfish on just about every lure in by box, but it's still an odd exception when it happens. Other baits work much better. However I did read an article about a proffesional catfisherman(who's name escapes me)who commonly trolls with deep running crank baits for flathead.
oddly enough I caught my biggest channel on a spinnerbait- the water had a super muddy stain and I guess the flash and vibration was more than he could resist.
They are right tho, its not actually a catfish bait. Defenitely wouldnt have any regularity/success of large proportions with it.
caught a few on a rattle trap
ive heard of people using jigs and letting them bounce off the bottom. i guess the catfish take it as a distress signal. ive never triend though.
caught channel catfish on accident with spinner baits, but their right regular catfish baits work better
i fish jigs a lot in the spring and i have caught quite a few channels this way. i was not targetting them specifically, but they certainly will hit lures. There was another lake i used to fish a lot in Utah (Willard Bay) that produced channels frequently on crankbaits.
My biggest channel (7 lbs) this year came from a jig. I was fishiing Old Hickory lake from a boat and casting jigs to the shoreline and working it back to the boat on the bottom. This fish hit the jig almost immediately after it hit the water. Was a blast on light tackle!
I have caught a lot of channels on Jigs and a few on spinners Whil targeting other fish:big_smile:
You will not find a spinnerbait that specifically works for catfish in general as a spinnerbait is more of a surface bait than anything else. You will however hear of incidental catches on spinnerbaits but its not common like this is the thing to use everyday to catch cats. I have heard of most of these incidental catches happening during the spring time and also the fall. I attribute the spring time mainly to spawning of cats in shallow water and some may be protecting their nest or in a pre or post spawn feeding mood and take it as a nice offering of shad. During the fall time they are in their transitioning movements to winter and they go on a feeding spree as well. Not to say this does not happen any other time like the summer and winter becaus it does happen. But I hear more cases of this in the spring and fall when they hit crankbait sometimes, spinners, and even plastic worms from bass fisherman.
I caught one on a bluegill popper one evening. It came from a pond where they ate a lot of floating fish food.
On my lake (Eufaula), they really hammer emerging mayflies; one of these days, I'm gonna match the hatch.
I know a guy who has caught two flatheads in the 50 pound range on chartruese spinnerbaits. My brother also caught a ten pound channel on a buzzbait.
I have also caught channels on spinnerbaits while Bass fishing. I have never caught any other type of catfish on them.
I caught a number of channels this summer trolling crankbaits behind my boat. I was actually fishing for crappie but the channels would hit them sometimes better than the crappie.
i have caught numerous catfish on spinnerbaits but i have also caught alot on plastic worms when fishing for bass.
Is it weird to catch catfish on spinner baits?
umm no not really, but i dont suggest trying it, youre much better off using blue gill, or shad or a catfish bait of some sort