Using clams for bait

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by YoMoma, May 30, 2009.

  1. YoMoma

    YoMoma New Member

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    Got a friend of mine that uses clams for bait to catch the catfish.
    He plans to take me out next week to show me how and where to find the clams.
    Are clams legal to use as bait on the mississippi river in Iowa?
    He did very good last week on trot lines and on pole with the clams.
    Anyone have experience using clams for bait? Any tips?
    Thanks
     
  2. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    Far as clam's go they work great for cat's and striper's ...weather there LEGAL where your at ? READ YOUR LOCAL FISHING REG'S better safe than sorry. Welcome to the BOC Larry.
     

  3. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Larry,In my humble travels ,I have found the state regulations available in every place that sells fishing licenses:wink:
     
  4. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    I fish with clams, and they are good bait. Check your local regulations to make sure it is legal to dig and use the clams:wink:
     
  5. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    If your taking about freshwater mussels you need to be careful.Here in Kansas a lot of them are on rare and endangered species list and you could be fined for using them.
     
  6. YoMoma

    YoMoma New Member

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    Just checked our states fishing regulations. Using mussles is legal in this state, with a limit of 25 a day. On the flip side, we have 15 types that are on the endangered species list that I cant use.
    Guess I better start studying up what they all look like. :eek:oooh:
     
  7. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    Clams are one of best baits for buffalo.