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Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by catoon, Feb 1, 2009.
what is some of yalls spring time bait for channels?
Cut bream or sunfish, depends on what i catch for bait. Sometimes i will use sonny and catch a bunch of little ones.
i use mackeral or bluefish because these baits have a lot of oil for them to zone in on, the water is still cold, and the cats are feeding more by smell at that time trying to load up for the spawn.
cut fallfish or 5 to 6 nightcrawlers on one hook.:smile2:
You can not got wrong with fresh cut bait.
My best spring time channel bait is cut shiner.
I AM A VERY BIG FAN OF CUT UP BLUE GILLS! BUT I WELL USE CHICKEN LIVER DIPPED!
I use fresh cut bait or shrimp
Live or cut bluegill, live large minnows also my second choice
Last year I was told to use boneless chicken breast strips from the grocery store by an older gentleman that has fished the local river for decades. I thought he was crazy, so I went fishing with him a few times last year from spring till winter and every time out the bait produced.Only channels though and the ocassinal turtle.Tyson brand.
Cut or Live Bluegills, Shad, Large Minnows & Dip Baits all work for me at that time of the year. :0a23:
shrimp,cut up bluefish , sunfish cut or live
Cut bluegill, a blob of liver, and punch bait.
I use hot dogs alot, dont know why they work but they do.
fresh chicken liver
For early Spring, worms. Whether red, green, or crawlers, they're what's readily naturally available at that time of the year and channel cats go for them.
As most others have mentioned, MOST definitely cut bait...Bluegills of course or chunks of Sardines.
I do catch a lot using punch bait but only later in the year after the spawn is over.
As soon as the ice starts to melt off the lakes and rivers here, the channels start feeding pretty heavily on winterkilled shad, shiners, and whatever else they can find. I do my best with cut shad, with cut sucker coming in a close second. I also like to put about 3 or 4 dead minnows on a hook, and that works too.
springtime channel bait i prefer is skipjack guts with a piece of fillet of skipjack on the side and a side order of thread..it usually hardly has time to settle on the bottom..however this is most effective under large structures like log jams or even dams with a fairly strong current..big juicey baits and a lot of wieght..good luck