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Old 04-17-2013, 1:52 PM
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hi my name is mario im 24 i go fishing every year for trout/bass etc but i have never caught a catfish ,ive tryed a few times here and there and no luck so if anyone knows a good spot to get catfish i would love to get the coordinates or directions , i only shore fish cause i dont got a boat and idk how to swim so boats and me dont work well lol but i got my fishing license on sunday and ive gone fishing twice with catfish bait i got at the store its this dough stuff and then i made my own from an online recipe and its been outside in the sun for the last month and its rank ive tryed a few places in oroville at the lake and i tryed near scotties in chico(sac river) and last year in december i tryed a few places in colusa about a mile north of kettles , i havent tryed night fishing yet mainly because i havent found a good spot im not really sure how to catfish so all help and advice is welcome!


my fishing goals for this year are to catch some kind of catfish, and just alot of fish lol
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my old man through me in rapidly flowing river to learn how to swim
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Old 04-17-2013, 2:04 PM
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lol unfortunetly i sank and to be dragged out
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Go to the DFG website, look up your area and see what parks you live by are being stocked. It looks like they might still be stocking trout... NO mater, if they are stocking trout, there are probably some cat fish hold-overs in their somewhere.

Go to that park and throw some catfish dough bait on a treble hook with a Carolina rig on some 8# line. Chuck that motha into the lake, sit down and open a beverage.... I use those little bells on the tip of the rod to determine when to set the hook...

Catfish are the second easiest and in my opinion the most boring fish to catch.
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Cut mackerel works well. You can lob it out there without any weight if there is no current. And you don't have to worry about any panfish stealing your bait. Just look for where other people are fishing for and catching catfish.

And of course, nightcrawlers work. You can rig a crawler a couple feet below a bobber if the catfish are shallow and have it hover just over the bottom or drift across. Or rig it trout style with a little air, so it is just off the bottom a few inches. With these two methods, you can score on just about any fish that swims in your waters.
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As Tanner said cut mackerel !
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Hot dogs work great for catfish also.
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Catfish are bottom feeders. Use a sliding sinker rig. Sardines,Craw fish,Clams,Worms,. Almost anything works. Sacramento River has plenty of Catfish.
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Depending where you are... your location can help us point you to a place.
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Lots of nice cats out here in Imperial Valley, just fish any one of the canals out here. Heck, I've even caught them on spinner baits.
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Lots of nice cats out here in Imperial Valley, just fish any one of the canals out here. Heck, I've even caught them on spinner baits.
Yeah, cats will hit lures too. I have caught them doodling crappie jigs from docks, on the bottom while trying to catch bass.

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The canals out by calexico were awesome no matter where you go. Or the canal that runs under the 8 into el centro just follow that canal if you are in that area.
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Chicken liver, anchovies, sardines, and hot dogs have worked for me. I only fish for them in slow moving canals and rivers.
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Lots of good replies so far. I agree with pretty much all of them. Catfish love oily and stinky stuff. Chicken liver, chovies, dines, mackerel, hot dogs, corn, dough baits have all worked for me. Can never wrong with a nightcrawler either. I do best with bloody mackerel chunks, either flylined (just hook, no weight) or on a carolina rig. Although you can catch them almost anytime of year, I think it's a bit early in the season still. Once it warms up more, they'll come out chompin hard. Hit shady areas come summer time. Good luck.
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i have been told that catfish are more active at night
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I use frozen anchovies cut into 1 inch sections. works wonders.

catfish nuggets are the YUMMmmm
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You should be able to get them from lake oroville. Anchovies on a slider weight and lob it out there. Pop a can of brew and wait.
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i have been told that catfish are more active at night
Bringo. Every cat I've caught was at dusk or in the dark.
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I would occasionally catch them incidentally back in Iowa or Michigan. My largest was a 25lb Flathead catfish that I caught below a major spillway. I held him up by gripping his gills and he started flexing his jaws. I thought he was going to break the bones in my hand.
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They bite best at night.
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10pm to 4 am seemed to be prime time. Surprisingly ive caught some good ones midday. But dusk to dawn seems to be the best.
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At pyramid lake when we went fishing for Strippers ( ) during the day, we saw splashes about 2-3 feet away from shore. My brother decided to flick a chovey where the splash came from and as it hit the water a 5lbs cat took it. We caught about 7 large cats in that area in less then 5 minutes. Most memerable catfish fishing in a long time. Any SoCa fishermens should give that lake a try.
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Sacramento river is good for catfish. Try chicken livers as bait. Works well for my friends.
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My best catfishing was at night, with Anchovies.
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To sum up this thread, fish when its dark and use something stinky.
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Anchovies work well.

I grew up in Colusa and now live in Chico and have caught cats at a lot of places. There's the 2047 canal in Colusa (not too far from Kittles actually) and there's catfish all day in there. Head east on lurline rd, it will turn gravel once you get out there a ways and you'll come to a bridge. That bridge is the 2047, anywhere next to the bridge is a good spot.

Otherwise you have the river. Find a hole and throw something stinky in it.
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fly lined mackerel dipped in garlic oil concentrate

no weights needed

keep the bail open

let it run for 30 secs before setting the hook
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I saw an old guy fishing under the bridge at Highway 111 where it crosses the central main canal just north of Calexico the other day, he was using baby swallows that fell out of their nests under the bridge. He says all the big catfish hang out under the bridge waiting for the birds to fall in. I don't think its legal to use swallows since they are a migratory bird, but I'm not sure.
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get a can of dog or cat food use a old style can opener with the pionted part. put some holes in it sink it. then use just about anything for bait. this works for me good luck and have fun
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I use inflated nightcrawlers, mackerel, or M&M's (marshmellows and meal worms). Fresh cut mackerel works incredibly well, but it's rare that I pick any up before I go fishing.

For the M&M's or inflated nightcrawlers, I use a carolina rig with 1/4-3/8oz weight, 1-2ft of leader, and a circle hook. If I'm running braided line, I use a swivel, if regular line, I use a carolina keeper. The circle hook almost guarantees that you'll hook the fish in the jaw (it actually hooks itself when it grabs your bait and tries to swim away).

My goto bait is the inflated nightcrawler on a carolina rig. It works for most freshwater fish.

By the way, in case you didn't already know, catfish have spikes on the side of their heads near their fins. Don't get poked or else its gonna really hurt, and possibly get infected.
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get a can of dog or cat food use a old style can opener with the pionted part. put some holes in it sink it. then use just about anything for bait. this works for me good luck and have fun
That is just crazy enough to work! lol.
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it works..especially catfood...but its illegal in CA. They paperclipped it to the assault weapons ban.
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Chuck that motha into the lake, sit down and open a beverage.... I use those little bells on the tip of the rod to determine when to set the hook...

Catfish are the second easiest and in my opinion the most boring fish to catch.
This describes most of my late teen's. Cast it deep, secure your pole, and wait for the beer chuckin' ring of that bell.

Night fishing is definitely better for hanging out with family and friends.
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