14 May 2019 |

Top 5 baits for catfish in AZ Community waters

Written by Nick Walter
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Let’s talk catfish baits! They’re usually stinky and oily, and may require special methods to hook and keep from peeling or oozing away. Love ’em or hate ’em, it what works.

Channel catfish are being stocked by the thousands of pounds through the spring and early summer. The “core” Community fishing waters were already stocked this week.

Time to pick a lethal bait. These all have a strong scent of some sort, some are even tasty to humans — and all have a long record of catching catfish in Arizona’s community waters.

Here, then, are our top-5  best baits to catch these channel catfish (that we’re willing to share … ):

5. Marshmallows

Mmm … marshmallows. Can you blame catfish for wanting to chomp one of these sweet, beautiful, poofy globs?  Just smash a big marshmallow on a No. 2-4 hook and hang on. Yet another catfish bait that also makes for a good human snack.

4. Anchovies/sardines

An age-old bait for catching fish just about anywhere. Keep ’em frozen and stick a piece on a No. 2 baitholder hook. Available in many surplus stores and tackle shops.

3. Stink bait in a tube

Stuff some catfish stink bait — and there are many effective brands — in a baitholder tube and you’ve got a secure rig sure to stir up some catfish action.

2. Shrimp

Pick up some frozen, uncooked shrimp and put one on a No. 2-4 baitholder hook. Keep ’em frozen in an ice chest while fishing. If you’re like us, you might even want to saute up some of your bait — yep, the shrimp — with your freshly caught catfish.

1. Hot dogs

This is no secret, and it still tops our list. Cheap and effective, a thumbnail-sized piece fits comfortably on a size 1/0, 1 or 2 baitholder hook. Cut a frozen thumbnail-sized piece in half, hook the piece through  one side, turn the hook around, and hook the point back through the skin of the dog.

So what’d we miss? Chicken livers? Cut bait? Good ol’ worms?

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