Where do you find your bait?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by JMarrs328, May 15, 2006.

  1. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    Where are the best places in a river to find bait; bluegill, chubs, shad, etc.
     
  2. Gone fishin 4 kittys

    Gone fishin 4 kittys New Member

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    I always find bluegill in ponds
    Chubs in creeks
    Shad at dams

    Josh
     

  3. Arkie55

    Arkie55 New Member

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    That is a good question and I look forward to reading all the answers. I'll give you my answer but it may not be what your looking for.

    Bream:
    Shallow flats with slow to no current. Looks for back water areas or old river cuts or chutes.

    Shad,
    Any inflowing creek, back waters, around boat ramps, and below dams.

    Skipjack,
    Below dams and in fast current. I sometimes find them where two rivers merge right on the current break line.
     
  4. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    All of the creek chubs I use, I catch out of a small creek. And I use a lot of bluegills and sunfish from ponds, but some people are gonna think I'm lieing about this but...a lot of the ones I use for bait, are ones I catch below a dam in heavy current. I know it sounds odd, but I catch a lot of them in the fastest part of the current below the dam. But that's just the river I fish, just try finding slack water areas. Fish shoreline structure and any patches of grass.
     
  5. kyron4

    kyron4 New Member

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    I get chubs in a deep hole in a creek.
     
  6. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    All good answers I see so far so I echo that.
     
  7. gatorbait

    gatorbait New Member

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    Brim are in shallows or surface feeding near banks, bridges etc. Shad come out at night a lot when you put a light underwater by the boat.
     
  8. Kansasgoose

    Kansasgoose New Member

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    Is there a good general location to find shad in a big lake in the spring? I know they head for the outlet when the water is running, but what about when there is no flow??
     
  9. Driver

    Driver New Member

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    Chubs all come from creeks. Ultralight, ice fishin' shmoo or two spot jig under a little bobber with a little piece of crawler on it will catch all you want. Never caught chubs where there wasn't a hole at least cheeks deep nearby or direct from it. Creeks with grass hangin in it and trees shading it a big plus. Chubs on the terrestrials (land bugs) that fall in the water from these sources.

    Sunfish come from creeks, farm ponds etc. Same fishin outfit as chubs near any type of structure.

    Shad pretty well covered. Heavier current seem to hold bigger shad. Smaller shad seem to shy from the heavier current. Have a longer line (15 - 25') on your cast net for bigger shad as they seem to hold somewhat deeper than small shad.
     
  10. Driver

    Driver New Member

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    Try the most windblown shore with the most rip-rap/rocks on it. If you can find a dike or levee (like you see in power plant cooling lakes) with some rip-rap/rocks on it, all the better. Again, hit the windward side of it. Also try around any pilings of causeways, bridges etc. where wind driven current is restricted.
     
  11. The J-Man!

    The J-Man! New Member

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    My bait usually comes from the bait shop, I guess I am lazy! :haha:
     
  12. channelcat_tracker

    channelcat_tracker New Member

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    i find bluegills and shad and shiners next to or by a permanent wood or cover for them. i would take a cast net and throw all around and pull out as many as you can though you will get carp, gar, bowfin and THE CATFISH WOOO HOOO! but go around permanent cover and youll get fish or try creeks
     
  13. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    One of the golf course ponds I fish at has all the bluegill,warmouth and b*ss I'll ever need.There is a creek by my buddies house that I can get all the chubs,shiners,pumpkinseeds,crawdads and small catfish that we need.