Techniques to Catch More Freshwater Channel Catfish

Now that you know the three best techniques to use, it’s time to find out what the best bait would be.

What Baits to Use

If you want to get the best results, then you need to know what baits to use. The good news is that the channel catfish is not very picky. They’ll eat a wide variety of foods but when you’re trying to get them to strike your line, some choices are better than others.

Best baits to use when fishing for the channel cat:
Shrimp
Chicken livers
Cut baits
Worms
Minnows
Crawdads

There are still many more options to choose from but these are among the top of the list when it comes to getting the attention of the channel cat. Of course, you’ll have to decide which one works the best for you based on where and when you’re fishing.

Basic Tips for Catching the Channel Catfish

You can find the freshwater channel catfish all across the nation in lakes and rivers of all sizes. They have a great sense of smell and this is what they use to seek out prey. It’s for this reason that the worse the bait smells, the more it attracts this species.

You can fish for the channel cat from a boat, a river bank or you can wade out into the water. It really doesn’t matter how you fish for them as long as you’re offering something that gets their attention. It’s important to know that this species will gather together and stay in a variety of different spots located throughout the body of water, instead of swimming around separately. For this reason, you’ll have the most luck when fishing in familiar territory.

The channel catfish may be more active during the spring and early fall but this doesn’t mean that you can’t catch them during the winter as well. If you don’t mind the cold and you entice them with the right baits, you’re sure to have a productive fishing trip.

Regardless of when you go fishing, it’s important to make sure your equipment is in good shape. This species will put up a fight and it would be a shame to lose a catch because your gear was in bad shape.

The last thing that you should be concerned with is your presentation. The bait must be presented in a natural way or you won’t get a bite. The channel catfish might eat just about anything but he won’t touch a thing that looks out of place or that’s acting strange.

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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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