Channel #5 (Catfish, that is…….)

I fish in small ponds around my house and it has a lot of bullheads but it also has channel catfish around maybe one to ten pounds but i cant seem to get the big ones. I need some help. Do you have advice for me? Do you know any good catfishing rigs for small ponds and do u know any good baits?

If you are wanting the bigger channel cats, try using cut-bait. Channel catfish are more of a piscatorial predator than bullheads, so a cut up shad, or bluegill will probably weed out all but the larger bullheads. You might think about using some of those bullheads for bait as well. The Channel cats are probably used to eating them. Another good bait to try is large live crawfish. Just pull the claws off and cast them near drop-offs and ledges.

The Channel cats will be out in the deeper water as a rule, especially in daylight. Fishing deeper water may slow the bullheads down somewhat. Bullheads usually stay in shallower water both day and night.

Don’t underestimate the quality of bullheads. Pound-for-pound, they fight harder, bite better, are easier to clean, and taste better than channel cats. FGor eating, I’d rater have a washtub full of bullheads than 3 or 4 large channel cats.

Happy fishing.


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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