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What Kind of Bait Attracts Catfish More? (6 Best Kinds)

Catfish like smelly baits likes blood, gum, shrimp, fries, garlic, dog food, and spoiled foods. They have strong sense of smell and those baits really attract them.

We know there are fishes of many categories and their eating habits are different from each other. Catfish is one of them. But all catfishes are not the same also, you have to identify and categories the catfishes in terms of species and sizes. Catfishes of different sizes and species like different types of foods. Even sometimes you will face that the bait that was effective last day is not working today for catfish, but there is no change in conditions. Yes, it can happen. So, for fishing catfish, you must sit with different kinds of baits.

Baits with cow blood

Cow blood is favorite to the blue catfishes lives in the lake, rives and ponds. To prepare a bait with cow blood for catching catfishes you have to take cow blood, you can collect 2 to 2.5 gallons from your nearby butcher. You will wait until those blood takes a gelatinous form. If you are going to catch catfishes at night that this is the best bait for you. This bait attracts large catfishes. If you are lucky, you also can get a 35-pounds catfish!

Baits with green apple bubble gum

Channel catfishes are renowned for their strong sense of smell. This characteristic of the channel catfish is used by the fishermen for their own advantage. Green apple bubble gums have a strong and decent smell that can attract channel catfishes. So, you can make baits with these to catch catfish. This bait is popular among the fishermen. Because it is easy to found and carry, it doesn’t get messy since it is found well packaged in the shops, catfishes can’t easily remove the bait from the hook because of gum. Overall, this is a good bait for channel catfish catching. Not only green apple, you can use any other flavored gums for catfish fishing, catfishes love strawberry, grapes etc. also.

Bait with spoiled shrimp

I have already told you that there are different kinds of catfishes and those like different types of foods. Here we found another one, there are some blue channel and flathead catfishes those like to eat spoiled shrimps. So, if you find your favorite shrimps spoiled in the fridge, don’t throw it away, use those to prepare baits and you will end up having some catfishes on your hand. Spoiled shrimps are delicious food for catfishes, you can use this for bait either normal or frozen. I recommend you to keep your baits in several tightly sealed bags.

Bait with canned dog foods

Canned dog foods are also favorite to the catfishes. Since it has a good smell, you can use this for catching channel catfishes that has a strong sense of smell.

Bait with garlic and chicken skin

Catfishes love to eat chicken skins but you cannot catch big catfishes with chicken skin. Big catfishes require more blood than that have in the chicken skins. So, for catching small channel catfishes, you can use chicken skins.

Bait with French fries

Flathead and channel catfishes love French fries just the way we love those. So, it’s our opportunity to use French fries for catching those catfishes. When you use French fries as bait, the intoxicating smell of the French fries can bring even the most lethargic one out of the hole.

Preparing an appropriate bait is the secret of a successful fishing session. Since fishes are different in nature, their food habits are also different. That means you can’t offer the same food to all. Same is the case for your fishing bite, you just can’t offer the same bait to all types of fishes. If you do this, your fishing session will end with having not enough fishes. Fish like earthworms, marshmallows, garden worms, mealworms etc. so you can use these for bait making.

There are many kinds of catfishes with different food preference, the stinkier the better.


Aquatic creatures come in all shapes and sizes. They are true wonders of the nature, as they can be as tiny as an inch long or as huge as a blue whale of almost 108 feet and weighing over 208 tonnes. The smaller species of fishes are wonderful aquarium mates due to their colorful appearance and various shapes. However, the large varieties rule the oceans and the rivers. One of them is CATFISH.

Catfish is primarily native of South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Since most prefer to live in muddy waters, catfish have names like “mud cat” or “polliwogs”.


Catfish belong to the order Siluriformes. They come in many sizes. The smaller variety can find place in home aquarium too. Nonetheless, the ones in the open can be really huge and heavy. The size varies from as small as 4-5 centimeters (Corydoras or micro cat) to large wels, a large European species, that is 15 feet long and weighs massive 660 pounds.

The fish gets its name from the facial features that represent a cat. There are long feelers or barbels on either side of its mouth that look like cat’s whiskers. All catfishes have at least one pair of barbels, usually on the upper jaw. However, some may have additional pairs on snout and its chin. Catfish generally live in murky, dark waters where there is limited visibility to spot the prey. Thus, the barbels that are actually feelers loaded with tiny taste buds and olfactory sensors enable them to smell the surrounding. Catfish have spines on their dorsal and pectoral fins. In fact, these spines are venom glands that cause injuries to unsuspecting nearby creatures. Catfish are usually naked or may have bony plates. However, none of them has scales like other fishes.

Majority of catfishes live in fresh water. Nevertheless, the ones belonging to the families Plotosidae and Ariidae are marine creatures. The freshwater habitat varies from gushing mountain streams to stagnant water. The marine variety rests in the shore waters of tropics. Catfishes are scavengers and survive on almost anything from animals to plant life. They are nocturnal creatures that hunt at night.

Catfishes are egg layers and display varied streaks in parental care. The brown bullhead builds a nest to protect the young ones. On the other hand, male sea catfishes from Ariidae family carry the marble sized eggs and the hatched young ones in their mouths.


Every creature and species on this planet has some unique traits that make their study interesting. Similarly, catfishes too have some peculiar traits that group them according to their behavior.

The ictalurids are typical catfishes. However, others may vary as per appearance and behavior. A popular aquarium fish belonging to Siluridae family is the glassfish (Kryptopterus bicirrhus) that has a slender, transparent body. The slim, rough flattened headed catfishes from South America resemble banjos and called banjo catfish. In Africa there is electric catfish (Malapterurus electricus) that has the ability to generate electricity up to 450 volts. The talking catfish (Acanthodoras spinosissimus) is an Amazonian species that is armored and makes grunting sounds. Synodontis batensoda and others from Mockokidae family swim upside down. The walking catfish (Clarias batrachus) of the family Clariidae can travel overland and breathe atmospheric air.

Bullhead or horned pout is a North American freshwater catfish belonging to genus Ameiurus. These have squared tails and not forked as in other fishes. They are less than a foot long and are considered for food and sport. The black bullheads come from Mississippi valley. The brown and yellow variety is native to east of the Rocky Mountains. The flat bullhead is located in coastal streams between Florida and North Carolina.

Candiru is a scale less, parasitic catfish from Trichomycteridae family that inhabits the Amazon River region. Candiru is an inch long, translucent, eel like fish that feeds on blood and normally resides in the gill cavities of other fishes. It attacks bathers and enters the urethras of the swimmers. Once inside, it erects the spines on its gill covers and causes inflammation or hemorrhage. In some cases, this may prove fatal for the victim.


Catfish is edible and it has mild flavor. It is low in calories but high in proteins. There is a good demand for the fish in local market for personal consumption as well as restaurants. The majority of the supply comes from the South American states of Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The most commonly raised variety is the channel catfish. It is a warm water species that thrives in the temperature of 29C. In the nature, catfish are omnivorous surviving on plants and other aquatic creatures. However, when bred in ponds, the fish are served a prominently vegetarian diet comprising of soya bean meal and other grains. Animal protein is given in limited quantity.

Since the catfish is easy to raise in ponds and channels, they give a good source of income to the farmers on account of their high demand. During recent years catfish farming had seen a decline due to high cost of feed and competition in the market from other fish types like Basa, Tra and Swai sold as filets. However, they have revised the prices for the fish paid to farmers and thus it has brought in renewed hope of profitable business in catfish breeding.

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