What baits work best on Oklahoma catfish?

What baits work best on Oklahoma catfish?

The blue catfish on the most part come in over one pounds and feed on bait that smells. Cut bait and blood baits work very well. Shrimp, shiners and shad will also work to bait the blues. The blues are attracted to smell and scent, so the stink baits work. The channel catfish will eat plants, living and dead animals and homemade bait. They will also eat crayfish and mussels. You can offer fish heads and road kill to bait the channel catfish. The flathead catfish will feed on insects, snails, mussels and crayfish. The flathead can be much more than one hundred pounds, so you want to bait the fish accord to size as well. In addition, homemade bait works very well for baiting flatheads. If you are fishing for cats in Oklahoma, you can decide what species you are going for and plan your bait accordingly. However, the cats do like smell and this can work to your advantage if you have chicken livers and other baits that give off a rotten smell. Even in water, the fish can detect the smell and come running. If you are using shiners or shad, you want to get it out of the water you will fish. The cats aren’t fussy about smell, but they do know when the baitfish is not from the same water. This sounds absurd, but it has been said that baitfish from other waters will send the fish running. It also helps cut down on cross contamination in my book.


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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