Four Tactics to Catch Channel Catfish

3.      Chicken livers can be used to create a scent trail in either lakes or rivers.  This is popular bait for catching Channel Cats.  When the dip bait is not creating any action, switch to the inexpensive chicken livers.  Because of the pungent smell of the liver, they offer the Channels a scent that they can not ignore.

Some have even been known to add some dip bait to the chicken liver when either method is not working.  All species of catfish are finicky at times so it is important to offer more than one type of bait.   Do not get married to just one bait type.  Keep an open mind.  Some people have caught catfish, including Channel Catfish on some really weird types of bait.  Cheesy puffs have been known to get a catfish when an angler got frustrated and decided to use his lunch as bait.  Some brands of soap will even hook a Channel Cat.

4.      The final is tip is to not give up.  Remember that you need to offer a bounty to these fish.  They may strike hard one day at the dip baits you are offering and then swim lazily by it the next day.  The term for this type of baiting tactics is the buffet style bait.

Persistence and patience will be needed when trying to catch the Channel Catfish.  If you are not getting any action on one type of bait and lure, switch it up.  Keep switching it until you find a mix that the fish are attracted to.  If you do this, you will have more successful fishing trips.   There is a reason why fishing is known as a sport for many.  It is because you are going to be battling with another species for supremacy.  You can be the supreme winner if you keep at and do not lose faith.

While Channel Catfish are fun, feisty, tasty and extremely popular to angle for, these tips  will help you to have more success and fun when fishing for them every time out .

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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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