“What are the best all-around baits for channel catfish?”
Talk about a loaded question! This is again one of those questions I could write for hours and hours on and still probably not say everything about the best all around bait for channel catfish.
If I had to sum it up into a short response (like I am trying to do here) since it really cannot be answered in one question I would say prepared catfish baits like punch bait or dip bait are the my preference for channel catfish in most instances. Many people have success with a number of different baits. I find that prepared baits work best in most occasions.
While this is not an “absolute” it is a good general rule. Most of the time these are very effective, easy to fish and easily obtainable. There are certain periods of the year where I will use different baits for channel catfish when using different catfishing techniques, but overall 95% (or more) of my fishing for channel catfish is done using prepared bait.
As I continue to build and grow the Learn To Catch Catfish website I will add additional articles and information on some of the other channel catfish baits that I use during these small windows at different time of the year. Until then I would suggest you pick a good catfish punch bait and start learning how to fish with that.
I suggest you read the following articles on this subject:
Do some research in your area and see what kind of products people are catfishing with on your local lakes and rivers and give them a try. There are a ton of great products available locally in many areas that are not available on a national level and chances are you may have your answer to the best bait for channel catfish right in your own backyard. Give these a try in the waters you fish and see how they perform. If they don’t work well for you, I would check out Sure Shot Catfish Bait or one of the many other popular products on the market.
One of these days we will be writing some articles and doing product reviews on the different kinds of prepared catfish bait for channel catfish. I have also been approached about doing a “fish off” with a bunch of different products to see if I can determine what the best bait is for channel catfish, but am still trying to decide if that is something I want to get into or not.
What is your best all around bait for channel catfish? Tell us what works best for you in the comments section below.
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