How to build a catfish slat trap

There are many different methods used to catch catfish but one method that is not practiced as often as some of the others is using catfish slat trap. The slat trap is a rectangular box designed in a special way that allows the catfish to get inside but it can’t get back out. Some of them are designed with a cone shaped entrance and some of the others have the opening designed at an angle.

The laws and regulations regarding catfish slat traps vary depending on where you live. Before using this technique, it’s vital that you find out what these laws are. Some states don’t allow trapping at all and it can be illegal in certain lakes and rivers within states that do allow it. Surprisingly, it can be legal in certain parts of large lakes and rivers but not allowed in other parts of the same body of water.

The channel catfish must move around to breath therefore there are laws regarding the size of the trap and you’re required to check the traps regularly.

The laws regarding catfish slat traps are so strict to protect the fish and should always be followed completely. Once you know for sure that this type of fishing is legal in your state, it’s time to get your trap ready.

How to Build Catfish Slat Traps

Many anglers choose to build their own traps instead of buying one. Building your own is inexpensive and it won’t take long to put it all together once you get all of the supplies you need. There are a number of different ways to build a catfish slat trap and all of them are fairly simple. Slat traps are usually made from oak but some are made from a mesh wire. Both designs are very effective so when choosing one, it’s basically personal preference. Here’s how to get started:

* Decide what material you want to use to build the slat trap and determine the size based on the catfish in your area. For this slat trap, we’ll use the mesh design so you’ll need a roll of mesh wire with holes one inch in diameter or less, wire cutters, a roll of wire, pliers and gloves.
* Go to your local hardware store and pick up all of the supplies you need to get started. Check your list twice because it makes building your trap much easier when you have everything you need right from the start.
* Cut the wire mesh to meet your specifications into four rectangles of equal size. Use the wire to tie the sides of the cut mesh together to form a box.
* Cut two more pieces of mesh wires to be used to close in the ends of the box.
* On the backside attach the end securely at the top but make the sides and bottom where it can be taken lose to get the catfish out once you have it trapped.
* Secure the front end tightly all the way around. Then cut a circle out in the middle of it a little bit larger than the size of the catfish you want to catch.
* Cut a piece of wire in the shape of a cone and secure it together. The outside should be the same size as the hole in the end of the trap and the other end a little smaller.
* Place the small end of the cone inside the trap and secure the large end to the front of the trap with the wire.
* Double check your trap to make sure it’s secure all the way around and you’re ready to go fishing.

Once your catfish slat trap is finished, it’s time to set it in the water and the information below can be very useful in making sure you get the best results out of your slat trap fishing trips.

How to Use Your Catfish Slat Trap

Before setting your catfish slat trap in the water, you’ll need to pick your location and check the current to see how rough it is. When the current is strong, you’ll need to secure the trap to keep it from being moved around by the current. This can be done by tying weights to the trap or by using ropes to secure it in place.

Decide what type of bait to use next and place it in the trap. Some of your best choices include shrimp, chicken livers, cut bait, rotting cheese and dog food.

If you choose to use some other type of bait make sure it doesn’t dissolve quickly or the bait will wash away before you have time to trap your fish.

Fishing with catfish slap traps can be very productive and it’s an excellent way to catch fish as a food source. Nevertheless, using traps is a big responsibility and needs to be done responsibly. Follow the laws in your area and check your traps often. Be sure to remove them from the water when not in use and good luck trapping those cats.

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