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Old 04-30-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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I hear people talk about using crappie for catfish bait. Would bluegill work just as well? I am not sure if it just that crappie is more readily available around the major catfish places or what.

Would frozen bait be nearly as good?

I am new to the catfishing game, but I will be giving it a go.

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Old 04-30-2011, 09:16 PM   #2
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It will work. Many forms of cut bait will work. Trout, suckers, whitefish, etc. I have not had much luck with catfish parts for catfish. However, you can use perch parts for perch!
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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Weve tried about all of them, but yes, crappie tend to work about best. I believe it is the fact that they are so readily available as prey, the cats are used to eating them. Plus, thousands of them get chewed up by the dams and killed going over spillways, so the cats are used to seeing "cutbait" already. When we fish in the upper owhyee river, above the res, we like to bring some frozen crappies with us. When we are out of them, we'll keep some of the bass from up there and use them. While the bass will catch some cats, no where near as good a bait as even the frozen crappies. If you like to catch cats all summer, then keep a few extra crappies this spring and just freeze them, about enough per trip, in gallon freezer bags. the crappies can be hard to catch in the middle of summer.
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Have any of you ever tried live crappie or bluegill for bait, or is that not allowed? When we go to Blythe and fish the Colorado River, we ue live bluegill for Flatheads and they work great.
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Old 05-01-2011, 04:42 AM   #5
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Have any of you ever tried live crappie or bluegill for bait, or is that not allowed? When we go to Blythe and fish the Colorado River, we ue live bluegill for Flatheads and they work great.

Have used live bluegill on sliding stick float rig in Nor-cal lakes. Deadly for big channel cats. Don't use to light of gear or they will just haul you into a snag & bust you off.... I knew I put that live bait barrel on the back of my ocean boat for somethin'.....
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:19 AM   #6
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fresh sucker works great....but night crawlers are best i think...and ya dont have to go out at to get cats either
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How big of chunks of cut up crappie should you use? Fishing Brownlee primarily.
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:43 PM   #8
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i like to use a strip about an inch wide and 2inches long, skin on of course. I like about 2/0 hook, but larger can work too. I prefer to use an egg slider sinker above a stout swivel. about 30# line, mainly for abraison resistance on the rocks.
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precisely what we use...never fails almost anywhere in the river....i dont even use lead...its a big enough chunk to get out there and wait for the line to start movin.
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:11 PM   #10
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No live fish may be used in fresh water as bait:

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Live fish may not be used or held for use as bait, except live nongame fish may be used in the ocean, bays and tidewaters when taken
from the waterbody in which they will be used.

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Dead fish, preserved fish, or parts of fish, shellfish and fish eggs may be used as bait. Goldfish may not be used as bait or in anglerís

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Old 05-02-2011, 11:40 PM   #11
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Bluegill definitely works, but as stated above, crappie is best, and that goes for more than just catfish (don't be surprised if you get spooled in the CR tributaries). Fresh works much better than frozen, but use crappie above all else, fresh or frozen. A fresh bloody worm ranks up there as well.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:14 AM   #12
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Shrimp is what I have always used.
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