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12 Great Catfish Baits For Catching More Fish!

Catching any kind of fish begins with putting baits where the fish are. That simple fact acknowledged, an angler’s offerings also must appeal to the fish. For many species of game fish, lure sizes, shapes, movements and colors, and types of presentations all figure prominently into the equation of making an offering appealing. For catfish, which feed mostly by smell and taste, it is all about using the right kind of bait.

Of course, different species and sizes of cats prefer different kinds of meals, and some offerings lend themselves better to specific styles of catfishing than do others. Also, catfish are just like other kinds of fish — and people for that matter — in the sense that their preferences vary from day to day. One day’s hot bait commonly may not yield much the next day, with no obvious change in conditions. With that in mind, you are wise to set the table with at least a couple of different kinds of baits and allow the cats to dictate their preferences.

Dozens of different bait types are commonly used for catfish, with popular picks ranging from hot dog slices to raw bacon to clams and smaller catfish. If one were to dig into occasional uses, the list of items that have never been used as catfish bait might be shorter than the list of those that have. Despite the never-ending list of options available to catfish anglers, certain baits do tend to outshine the rest. Here we will look at five of the very best.

Chicken Livers

Sticky and smelly, chicken livers are a time-proven catfish bait. They're usually fished on a treble hook.


Like most things that swim, catfish love crawfish. Fished live or dead, they are effective on all species of cats.

Cut Shad

Whether used live or as cut bait, shad can be irresistible to channel cats and big flatheads.


Nightcrawlers are easy to find, and they can be fished in a variety of methods, from bobbers to Carolina rigs.

Dip Bait

In waters with a current, the right dip baits (either homemade or commercial) will often lure cats from downstream.

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