Chicken Liver: Killer Catfish Bait

Does chicken liver really work for bait when trying to catch Catfish?

Does chicken liver really work for bait when trying to catch Catfish? In a word, YES! Chicken liver is one of catfish’s prefered treats.

The only problem using chicken liver for catfish bait is that it is a little hard to rig because of its texture. It wants to fall apart when you put it on the hook. Do not despair, there are tricks that you can use to accomplish the task.

One method is to use a little piece of pantyhose. Put a little chunk of chicken liver in it, about the size of a quarter and sew it up. Now you can rig it onto your hook  as usual.

Another handy method is to set the chicken livers out in the sun to dry out. This works quite well because it makes it a better texture to stay on the hook without falling apart. The only drawback is that it will not "smell" quite as funky and so is a little bit less likely to be smelled by the catfish. Not a problem if they are particularly hungry.

I have heard some people swear that the most effective way to catch killer catfish using chicken liver is to use it as part of a recipe. One fellow advocated mashing the chicken liver up with cheese and minced garlic or garlic powder and letting the mixture get "ripe", then mixing enough flour with it to make a dough. Then use the old pantyhose trick.

Try your own recipe though. Experiment with it and see what works best for you. As a general rule, the funkier it smells to you, the more the catfish will like it.

You will find that the younger the fish is, the less picky they are and the older they are the more refined their tastes become. Regardless, it is finger lickin’ good! 


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

3 Responses to “Chicken Liver: Killer Catfish Bait”

  1. Kevin Thompson says:

    I heard a Chinese herb added to the liver will attract catfish even more due to the smell?

  2. What is the name of the chinese herb used with chicken liver for catfish?

  3. I’m a disabled veterian with parkinsons disease and I love to catfish

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