Best Bait For Nighttime Catfish Fishing

Can you recommend a good bait for fishing catfish at night?

Fishing for catfish at night is really not so much different as far as bait is concerned. You want to go with live bait, something that smells real good to catfish (that means awful to human beings!), and if possible, maybe something that’s still wiggling on the line. Avoid artificial bait because they will just swim right by it. Here are some of the most recommended night time catfish baits: Liver – The reason they love liver so much is that the current picks up the scent and blood, and it drifts all over the river, attracting cats to your lure. Plain old store-bought chicken livers will work, but a fresh liver works even better. One of the advantages of liver is that it’s easy to keep on your hook as long as the current isn’t too strong. Cut bait and stink bait – These are the old standby’s when it comes to catfish fishing any time of day or night. Again, they love the scent, and these baits are easy to prepare and put on your hook. Night crawlers – Night crawlers, worms and any other kind of creepy crawly thing will work really well because this is what the catfish are looking for. You have to think like a catfish to catch one! Not really, but just think about the kinds of treats they’re looking for at night, and that’s what you should use. This will depend a little on your particular neck of the woods. You can always ask at the local bait shop.


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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