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Nov 7, 2019 18:00:13   #
edgerw Loc: Wisconsin
 
I like in southwest Wisconsin right on the Mississippi river. I have run trotlines in the years past and have used crickets as bait and done pretty good but would like to do better. I am curious if there are any others on here in my area that use other types of baits. If so I hope you will share.

Rich in WI.

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Nov 7, 2019 19:01:17   #
Spiritof27 Loc: NoCal
 
What do you catch on your trot lines with crickets? My dad used to run a line every once in a while, he was fishing for catfish and used chicken livers.

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Nov 7, 2019 19:07:15   #
Wv mike Loc: West by god Virginia
 
We have baited with Chunks of ivory soap and caught channel cats. It’s not the best bait but it works in a pinch.

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Nov 7, 2019 19:35:11   #
Spiritof27 Loc: NoCal
 
Channel cats are not very picky as you well know Mike. I've caught them with a belly full of cottonwood seeds. Did you hose your soap down with WD40? They like that too.

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Nov 7, 2019 20:24:57   #
Charlie H
 
Get a perch trap and bait with livies.

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Nov 7, 2019 22:24:20   #
Spiritof27 Loc: NoCal
 
Is that legal where you're at Charlie? Here in California that would get you a double fine. No trot lines allowed (angling is defined as a closely watched rod blah blah blah) and using "game fish" for bait is forbidden.

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Nov 8, 2019 01:01:17   #
edgerw Loc: Wisconsin
 
Cat fish, channels, blues, and flathead. Also get carp which I don't want. I have tried chicken livers but have a hard time keeping then on the hook.

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Nov 8, 2019 01:04:12   #
edgerw Loc: Wisconsin
 
I have heard of using Ivory soap but never tried it.

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Nov 8, 2019 01:06:57   #
edgerw Loc: Wisconsin
 
Don't think perch are legal in WI.

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Nov 8, 2019 05:52:58   #
plumbob Loc: Belhaven NC
 
Wv mike wrote:
We have baited with Chunks of ivory soap and caught channel cats. It’s not the best bait but it works in a pinch.


Mike you got my curiosity. How did you come about to use ivory soap? You said in a pinch. Oh and did that mean no bath on Saturday? LOL

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Nov 8, 2019 07:52:43   #
Wv mike Loc: West by god Virginia
 
Lol. That was a trick my Dad showed me when we couldn’t get Shad or crawl daddy’s. Sure do miss that guy.

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Nov 8, 2019 08:38:10   #
Charlie H
 
Yes. Perch are totally legal here in Texas for bait excluding crappie.
You chicken liver guys ought to try chicken hearts. Stay on the hook and work great.

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Nov 8, 2019 09:36:19   #
edgerw Loc: Wisconsin
 
The only live baits that can be used here are rough fish, minnows and for cut bait. I'm thinking of trying smaller raw shrimp next year. Have any of you ever tried shrimp? You guys are not in my area but I am happy to hear from you guys and what you have and are using. I know Blues and Channel will bite on anything, but Flathead which are what I prefer seem to like live bate over anything else.

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Nov 8, 2019 10:23:41   #
Wv mike Loc: West by god Virginia
 
Gold fish (aka)Baltimore minnows works great for flat heads if you bait shops have them you can also find them at a pet store they call them feeder fish. Blue gills works good also if it’s legal in your area.

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Nov 8, 2019 10:23:57   #
uncut6
 
Shrimp or chunks of chicken breasts that are marinated with red Kool-Aid. Chicken breast really holds up well and channel cats love it.

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