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Trolling for Catfish
« on: Sep 21, 2022, 07:56 PM »
Does anybody have any experience trolling / drifitng cut bait for catfish?
Looking to try something new in Radison Canoe.



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Re: Trolling for Catfish
« Reply #1 on: Sep 21, 2022, 09:13 PM »
Two biggest catfish I ever got This year and 3 years ago were trolling both on leadcore suspended with walleyes I was targeting ! Holy fight ! They both went back in Erie ... eye's not so lucky!


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Re: Trolling for Catfish
« Reply #2 on: Sep 22, 2022, 09:27 AM »
I fish cats in the Erie Canal quite often. Best cut bait I’ve found is fall fish. I catch them from local streams on the fly rod and freeze them. White meat cut baits just don’t work. I’ve even had luck using chicken breast cubes cured in strawberry jello and garlic powder. I’ve got some punch bait too….although, you need a hazmat suit to handle that stuff. Talk about nasty…….

There’s a couple bypass overflows near me that I drift with a slip bobber rig. Used to target them on Irondequoit Bay with slip bobber rigs, deep, 20-40’. They’re a lot of fun. Caught some big ones out of the bay.  I’ve caught a lot trolling the canal for walleye. They like Wally Divers in my waters.

They can be very aggressive feeders.
“That’s the way that the world goes round…you’re up one day the next you’re down…it’s a half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown…..
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Re: Trolling for Catfish
« Reply #3 on: Sep 22, 2022, 05:44 PM »
I fish the southern basin of Lake Champlain.
They are a lot of fun, great fight.
Best luck for me has been on cut bait (perch, fallfish, sunfish), but I usually fish from shore.
Thinking of taking my canoe out while the weather is still decent.

Thanks again for the replies.

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Re: Trolling for Catfish
« Reply #4 on: Sep 23, 2022, 05:06 PM »
I've done a fair amount of trolling out of the canoes I have owned. In mid June, after they spawn, we catch a number of decent
channels while trolling for white bass and crappies.  I fish a simple inline spinner behind a little dipsey diver type disc.  A 7 # channel can
be quite a handful on a light spinning rod.

How do you like your Radisson...

fish on,



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