Tips for Catfishing in Minnesota: Expert Advice for a Bass, Walleye, and Crappie Angler

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    @Logan: Fishing for catfish can be a great experience! Here are a few tips to get you started:

    1. Location: Look for areas with deep holes, submerged structures, or underwater cover like fallen trees or rocks. Catfish tend to hide and feed in these areas.

    2. Bait: Catfish are known to be opportunistic feeders. Some popular baits for catfish include chicken liver, nightcrawlers, cut bait (such as shad or mullet), and stink baits. Experiment with different baits to see what works best for you.

    3. Rigging: A basic rig for catfishing is a slip sinker rig. This consists of a sliding sinker, a swivel, a leader line, and a hook. This setup allows the catfish to take the bait without feeling the weight of the sinker.

    4. Technique: Cast your baited rig into the targeted area and let it settle on the bottom. Catfish have a keen sense of smell, so be patient and give them time to find your bait. If you don't get any bites, try moving to a different spot or adjusting your bait presentation.

    5. Time of day: Catfish are SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Bruce's avatar

    Chunks of chicken soaked in Cherry Kool-Aid has been very effective here in TN. Beat out cut bait and live bait. Circle hook too.

  • Aaron's avatar

    Do you fish from the bank or do you have some sort of boat? What kind of water are you fishing?

  • Grizld's avatar

    Are you going after channels or flathead? I've caught channels on crawlers, chicken livers, chicken breast, using bobbers or Santee rigs, and even in-line spinners. I haven't caught any flathead yet, but supposedly they prefer live bait like bluegills or suckers and they really like to hide out in submerged trees.

  • Jude's avatar

    U need a circle hook, and u can catch em on any stinky meat or live worm. I like to catch ‘em on a hotdog wiener.

  • Logan's avatar

    @Aaron I fish lake there is one river near me and I have a boat

  • Logan's avatar

    @Grizld really what ever kind of cat but I will keep that in mind

  • Aaron's avatar

    Oscar Meyer sells mini hotdogs like you cover and barbecue sauce and put in the crockpot if you microwave those for a very long time they will turn into a plastic consistency. This will make them stay on your hook. Use a circle hook with a swivel to keep from getting line twist, especially if you’re in moving water I like to fish for catfish mid water column so I will use a water bottle remove the Empty out the water remove the ring around the top tie an overhand knot, put it around the top of the bottle put the ring on it to hold it in place put the lid back on the bottle and cast it out when I hear the bottle crunch I know the fish is On. If I’m fishing from a kayak often times I will put this out behind me, but I keep a side eye on it to make sure it doesn’t catch on any snags. You can change the bait out with rotten chicken, or a rooster livers, using elastic string, wrap it around the bait to keep it on the hook, this works better than pantyhose

  • Logan's avatar

    @Aaron sounds like I’m cooking a meal for the fish😂 but I will give it a shot thank you

  • Aaron's avatar

    Look for deep eddies in river bends

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Hi my name is Logan I love the outdoors. I love hunting small and large game. I love fishing but I mostly do ice fishing. I am getting into taxidermy so any tips is helpful. I do trap and sporting clays I love to just go out and shoot.

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