Limb Line Fishing Tips And Information

What type of fish will I catch on a limbline?

A limb line is a great way to fish.  It is also called tree limb fishing.  You do not need a boat, but you can use one as well.  A large number of fish can be caught using limb line fishing.  You should vary your length and line strength dependant on the type of fish you are after.   One of the benefits of fishing in this manner is that you can fish at various depths.  Do maintain the strict guidelines if your State Conservation Department has them for limb line fishing.

 

The method in which you fish with this method will also determine what type of fish you will catch.  If you want catfish, then you need to set your fishing lines much deeper in the water.  You can also use this method for sun perch, bass, and bluegill.  In this case, the lines should not be nearly as deep. 

 

Another tip here is to alternate your bait.  You will need to check your lines often.  Keeping fresh bait on them makes a huge difference.  Live bait will do much better.  If you are fishing for catfish, use live bait that has blood as they are attracted to this.  You also want to consider the use of bait such as grasshoppers, worms, or grubs whenever possible over artificial bait.  Yet, you can use that, too.

 

Of course, the definitive answer to your question about which type of fish you can catch with this method of limb line fishing is determined by where you are 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.

5 Responses to “Limb Line Fishing Tips And Information”

  1. Jesse says:

    This is more criticism than comment, only because I “limb line” for catfish exclusively and you say that catfish “run deeper” and that is NOT necessarily true because I fish 1″-2″ under the surface with live creek chubs and catch my share of 10-25 Lb. channels/flatheads.

  2. JAY says:

    LISTEN FOLKS…..ONE TIME AND ONE TIME ONLY……FIND A RIVER BANK THAT THE RIVER SLAMS INTO AND UNDERCUTS THATS 20 FEET PLUS DEEP….NYLON, SPARK PLUGS,EIGHT OUGHT HOOK,TIE OF TO A LIMBER BUT STOUT LIMB RUN TO THE BOTTOM AND PULL UP ONE FOOT. BAIT WITH AT LEAST ONE POUND LIVE RED HORSE SUCKER OR STRIPE BASS. IF YOU GET A POUND OR SO GRENNEL THATS GREAT TO OR GIANT GIZZARD SHAD OR HUGE PANFISH OR MEDIUM SIZE BASS. GO BACK A DAY OR TWO LATER WITH A BIG NET DUDES

  3. william evans says:

    i’ll tell ya what you have the best all round results using limb lines on big creeks or rivers is using live perch ,shad or crawdads,you can catch pretty much any kind of fish that will bite with this bait im from oklahoma and i fish a creek called the cottonwood and the cimarron river which has monster catfish of all north american species ,and live perch just works the best right along with live shad or crawdads ,they will bite if they are dead too but more in likely it wont be a flathead if they are dead ,flatheads bite mainly in the evening but if you run your lines in the day keep em baited or them dam gar will pick at your bait and leave ya empty hooked ,pick a shaded spot during the day for best results for catfish make sure your at least 1 to 2 feet deep but the deeper the hole the bigger the fish…..!!!!

  4. Phil says:

    I’ve caught nice cats on lim line never used weight one talking 10 15 lbs useing chubb minnows

  5. nate says:

    just to say on the depth part.i run 15 lines in nolan creek(texas).about 2-3in. from the top with shad right from the cast net.and let me tell you.those blues get big.leave the bait on top to antgonizd waves big o’ cats.l

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