Fishing Information

Cincinnati Catfishing Bait


Some of the baits I have used for used for CATFISHing here on the Ohio River are, chicken liver, minnows, shrimp, Spam, French Fries and more.

Fresh chicken liver works better than frozen liver that has thawed out. It does get bites however, cats peck at it so by the time you pick up the rod they have cleaned the bait off the hook. My experience is the fish swallows the bait more often than getting hooked. The biggest drawback is keeping the bait on the hook when casting from the bank. Trying to get a long cast with chicken liver is very difficult. It seems like half the time the liver will just fly off the hook with any forceful cast. This is no problem if you are fishing from a boat, just flip it out and feed it line so the current can take it away from the boat for you.

Spam does get bites but is even harder to cast from the bank. three out of four cast can see the bait go flying in the air before the line hits the water.

Shrimp works well for it does have a scent to it and stays on the hook when casting from the bank. You normally have to get the shrimp when it is on sale and freeze it. Then get it out the night before you fish to let it thaw out.

Minnows are good for there are so many fish that will feed on them beside catfish. So even if the cats are not biting you could get a perch, largemouth bass, stripper or a white bass.

Yes! I did say French Fries as bait! I have caught channel cats up river and right in the downtown Cincinnati area on FRENCH FRIES. I did read posting from a guy that caught a large Flathead on fries by one of the restaurants on the river in Newport Ky. Any fast food place that sells fries works. If possible pick some up when heading to your spot so they are on the warm side. That allows the grease to get into the water to make a scent trail easier.

I had great success in February 2004 using chunks of steak for bait. I caught 8 bluecats with it, largest being 13 pounds. It did not matter if it was raw or grilled with seasoning. So if you have some scrapes left over from a cookout just put it in a small freezer bag. If you have a friend that works in a restaurant that has steak, ask them to make up doggie bag of scraps for you. It stays on the hook very well when casting and the fish have a hard time just pecking it off the hook. All of those eight fish were hooked, none swallowed it. So I was able to released them to grow bigger for the next season.

This past summer I was able to use a casting net to get some gizzard and thinfin shad for bait. These fish die very quickly. So I just cut them up for bait. Skipjack is a great bait if you can get them. Around Cincinnati they can be caught on a rod and reel in the Fall. Other than that the only place I know for skipjack year round is the power plant at Aberdeen Ohio. I have some frozen cut skipjack from last Fall to start off this season.

July 19 2003 I caught two Channel Cats around 2 1/2 lbs. using the skin from fried chicken. It says on the hook for casting O.K. Had 3 other bites but they stripped off the bait. I'm not sure if large cats bite on it. Just started using it today. So when your family is done eating their chicken dinner put the scraps of skin in a small zip lock bag in the freezer till you go fishing.

ALso learnd in July 2003 from another Catfisherman about Chicken nuggets for bait. He had been telling me about it a couple time this summer. The other week I saw him actually catch a 5 lb. channel cat out of the river using chicken nuggets. He turn to me and said that was the smallest one of the day. He had landed 5 other cats earlier that morning and released them. HE had stopped at McDonalds and picked up a 6 nugget serving that morning. He said he has used other companies nuggets in the past.

I hope you get a chance to try out some of these baits this season. Tight lines and plenty of action to all!

Norb Wormald

About The Author

I have fished for Catfish on the Ohio aound the Downtown area of Cincinnati for 40 years. I also enjoy trying my hand at golf. Since retiring have made up 2 main web sites.

Please visit my web sites: nlcatfish@aol.com webmaster for CINCINNATI CATFISHING www.cincinnaticatfishing.com & SHOP WITHOUT DROPPING www.cincinnaticatfishing.com/Shop1.html

--

You have permission to publish this article in it's entirety either, electronically or in print, free of charge, as long as the bylines are included. A courtesy copy of your publication would be greatly appreciated! Thank You.

nlcatfish@aol.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news



Omaha World-Herald

Fly-fishing obsession yields state records for silver carp
Omaha World-Herald
A never-ending hobby, Eric Einspahr says, is the best way to describe his addiction to fly fishing. “It kind of takes over your life," he says. The Lincoln angler brought buddy John Vrtiska of Cedar Creek into the fly -fishing fold last spring. They ...



Jamestown Sun

Lake trout nirvana found on northern Saskatchewan fishing trip
Jamestown Sun
KAMATSI LAKE, Saskatchewan—We'd been exploring a new part of the lake, catching lake trout with just enough regularity to keep things interesting, when Peter Howard suggested we try a nearby shoreline point at the mouth of a narrows we'd been fishing ...

and more »


The Columbus Dispatch

Outdoors | Lake Ontario salmon fishing challenging, rewarding
The Columbus Dispatch
OLCOTT, N.Y. — Although the late-afternoon air was not warm for mid-July, beads of sweat began to form on Roger's brow as he tangled with a fish of yet-to-be determined size, weight and identity. It became obvious the fighter was not a featherweight, ...
Outdoors column: Salmon, trout are prizes of Great Lakes fishingMankato Free Press
Woods & Waters: Salmon fishing heats up on Lake OntarioThe Livingston County News

all 3 news articles »


Charleston Post Courier

Outdoors Calendar: July 22, 2018
Charleston Post Courier
The final Fishing for Miracles King Mackerel Tournament will be held Aug. 16-18 out of Ripley Light Yacht Club. Registration and the captain's meeting begin at 5 p.m. on Aug. 16 with fishing on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18. The entry fee is $350 per boat. There ...

and more »


Duluth News Tribune

Warm weather, hot fishing can go together
Duluth News Tribune
"Sweating bullets" seems to be a common theme around the area lately. We have certainly been utilizing the canopy top on the Lund to keep the sun off our customers during the hot afternoon hours. Cooler clothing, hats, sunscreen and sunglasses have ...



The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Having a reel good time
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
"We realized there was smallmouth bass in this fishery in 2013," said Eric Gardunio, CPW aquatic biologist, adding the fish were likely in the reservoir starting in 2008. "We were looking for ways to limit the number of smallmouth bass here in Ridgway.".



Reuters

Israel to reopen Gaza terminal, extend fishing on Tuesday if quiet holds
Reuters
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will reopen Gaza's main commercial crossing and expand its fishing zone on Tuesday if a lull in cross-border tensions holds after a truce with the enclave's dominant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, the Israeli defense ...

and more »


Duluth News Tribune

Lake Vermilion guides get 100 kids out for a day of fishing
Duluth News Tribune
And so started the ninth annual Take a Kid Fishing Day on Wednesday, sponsored by the Lake Vermilion Guides League. Shaffer and her friend, Jon Ross,13, also of Aurora, were in Johnson's boat, among 100 kids who got to fish with 45 local guides and ...



Scranton Times-Tribune

Father, son craft custom fishing rods, flies at Archbald shop
Scranton Times-Tribune
Kozlowksi has been custom making fishing rods for 20 years, first as owner of M & J Custom Rods, before taking ownership of Custom Tackle and Bait, which shares space with Fazio's Archery, in January 2014. He first got interested in making rods after ...

and more »

Google News

home | site map | Ocean Photography
© 2006