Trotline Fishing Guide For Catching Catfish

When running a trotline across a narrow creek or channel you may be able to tie both ends to a tree or stump instead of leaving one end secured in the middle of the water with a weight. It all depends on where you are fishing. If you do tie off the trotline on both ends make sure you leave some slack in it. The line needs to be loose enough for it to sink underwater when you add the bait to the hooks and a weight in the center to keep it secured underwater.

Types of Bait Used

You can bait your hook with anything that you think will work the best. Some anglers use soap bait while others prefer live bait such as minnows, crawdads, shad and worms. Once you have everything set up you can leave for awhile but don’t leave it for long periods of time. You should check it every few hours but never go longer than twelve hours at a time without checking your trotline.

After your trotline is set up you will have the opportunity to catch many catfish in a short period of time. However, it is important to know that using this method of fishing for catfish is illegal in some states. In some areas using a trotline is allowed but there are restrictions on how they can be used.

For instance, there may be restrictions on how long the trotline can be and on how many hooks you are allowed to use on it. Therefore, it is imperative that you review the rules and regulations of the area you plan to fish to make sure it is permitted.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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