Shocking Fishing Methods

I am wondering how i can make a “fish shocker”? i can’t find much info online besides one using a crank phone, and i don’t have one of those. however i’m not wanting to catch catfish (well not the sport kind anyway) but am wanting to catch bait catfish like madtoms (only the un endangered ones of course). i’ve tried traps, nets, and under rocks for them, and in the past year have only caught two.

Commercially-made fish shockers are available, as are Military Surplus Field Telephones. However, most, if not all, states ban the use of them for any type of fishing…even for bait or carp. To use one, you have to be an employee of the governemt, and engaged in some biological function that has been specially authorized. For me to even tell you how to build or use one would be illegal. My advice to to stick to traps and legal seines. Just to give you an example of how serious some states are about this: Ga: The penalty for using, building or possesing any device generating electricity for the purpose of taking fish, or possesion of any fish taken by this method can result in a suspension of hunting and fishing privileges for 5 years to life, a fine of not less than $1000.00 nor more than $5000.00, imprisonment for up to 1 year, or any combination of these. Tn. The penalty for using, building or being in possesion of any device generating electricity for the purpose of taking fish, or possesion of any fish taken by this method, including non-game species, is a lifetime suspension of hunting and fishing piviledges, confiscation of any and all equipment used, including vehicles, boats, RVs, etc, a fine of up to $5000.00, imprisonment up to 11 months and 29 days for the first offense, and up to 5 years on the second. A second offense is a 3rd class Felony. Most other states laws are similar.


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

One Response to “Shocking Fishing Methods”

  1. DAVID FOSTER says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO BUY AN OLD CATFISH TELEPHONE. NOT TO USE TO FISH WITH BUT TO PUT IN MY TROPHY ROOM FOR DECORATION, ALONG WITH MAMMOTH TUSKS, MAMMOTH MOLARS, WALRUS TUSKS, ETC. OF WHICH I ALREADY HAVE. I GOT ALL THE OTHER STUFF FROM ALASKA. IS IT LEGAL TO EVEN OWN ONE/?????

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