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All About Catfish & Catfish Baits
Catfish is a broad category covering many species. Adults range
in size from less than a pound to hundreds of pounds. They can be
found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and
rivers. There are even species which spend a limited amount of time
on dry land.
Channel cats can be caught most any time of year except in extreme
cold water conditions. The best time of year tends to be spring
and fall followed by summer and lastly winter. Channel catfish favor
crawfish and small fish, so look for them at varying depths where
there is rock or gravel that attracts the crawfish or other forms
of cover that attracts baitfish and other small fish. In the warmer
summer months catfish can be found in areas with moss, which they
Flatheads are caught primarily on bait like live shiners and chubs
and only occasionally on cut or prepared baits. They are the second
largest of the catfishes and lie in cover of submerged logs or other
large structures. Prime fishing time for catching flathead catfish
is after dark.
Look for these big blue catfish on major rivers or in impoundments
fed by large tributaries. They feed on fish frogs, mollusks, crayfish
and large invertebrates. They find food more by use of their keen
sense of smell. Look for them to be hiding in hollowed out logs
or undercuts in structures. Use anything from live shiners to cut
bait and stink baits to catch these big blue catfish.
White catfish will typically found in slower meandering creeks,
streams, canals and small rivers. They are occasionally found in
brackish waters which drain into and mix with saltwater. Their primary
diet is fish, however they also feed on aquatic insects, fish eggs,
small crustaceans and even aquatic plants. Try live minnows or worms
and focus on daylight hours as these are not as nocturnal as some
of their other catfish relatives.
If it resembles food in any way and emits an odor it is likely to
attract the interest of catfish. Every ardent catfish expert has
their own secret recipe. The ingredients range from natural prey
of fish and fowl to non-food items like soap and chemicals. Chicken,
shrimp, liver and stink baits are the most common ingredients.
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