Good Still-Fishing Catfish Baits

Is there a certain type of bait that works better when still-fishing?

Still-fishing is a great way to catch cats, and you can use just about any kind of bait imaginable.  In fact, one of the advantages of still-fishing is that you get to use some baits that are tough to rig when there is a current.  Some kinds of bait are great for catfish, but they’re just too darn hard to keep on your hook when there is a lot of movement in the water. 

One great bait that you can use still-fishing is crawdad tails.  Ordinarily, it’s too much trouble to keep it on the hook, but you can do it still-fishing.  You can catch them yourself, or buy them at the bait shop.  Peel off the tail and attach it to the hook.

One of the best catfish baits is chicken livers.  There are all kinds of techniques for attaching these to your hook, but they slip off easily when you’ve got a current.  When you’re still-fishing, take advantage of that still water and try it out.

You might also try cheese.  Some anglers swear by cheese, but like the others, it’s tough to keep it on the line.  Cats like the stinkiness, so the stinkier the cheese the better. 

Other than these suggestions, go with your regular bait when still-fishing.  Cut bait works especially well.  Catfish go for oily, stinky bait, so shad and bream work well.  Carp is also good because it has lots of meat.  Remember that, with still-fishing, location is more important than what type of bait you use.


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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