In the previous article we talked about other types of baits used for catfish. These really didn’t fit within the live bait or prepared bait category. Now we will narrow it down to what we think is best.
With the vast amount of options available today for catfish bait, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. For us, it really does depend on the time of year and where we are at.
Times of Year Matter For Catfish Bait
Later in the summer at the lakes we hit locally, once the shad hatch has come out and swarming in the lake, we get out the throw net and catch all we can. (Again, check your regs for netting bait fish). To use anything else at this time is putting yourself at a disadvantage. Just after ice out, the wind blown side of the lake can produce some nice cats using shad sides and shad gizzards and cut baits.
Throughout the heat of the summer, the prepared baits such as Sonny’s start to work well for us. Frozen shrimp and cut baits work well during this time as well.
If we had to choose one bait from the huge array of choices available, it would have to be a live bluegill.
Frozen bluegill have worked equally well for us in the past. But when it comes down to it, it just works for us the best. Coming in a really close second place would be the leopard frog. No self respecting catfish can resist either of these baits. Use a heavy rod, 3/0 hook or bigger, and hold on.
Good luck on your next catfishing adventure!