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How To Catch Catfish With Catfish Traps

Jul 23, 2008
When you think about catching catfish the first thing that comes to mind is a rod and reel. This is the traditional way of fishing for catfish but it is not the only option you have. A less well-known method used to catch catfish involves using a catfish trap. Many anglers use catfish traps because they can be very productive in catching and hauling in the catfish.

The catfish trap is a pretty basic device that is normally made out of wood or wire. The basic design is a rectangular box that is closed in on one side and open on the other. It normally has an outer and inter passageway. The first allows the catfish to swim into the trap and the second passageway is where he will be held until you pull him out.

The size of the opening will determine the size of fish that you can catch. The size of the overall catfish trap is designed in proportion with the opening. In other words, if the opening is large enough for a ten pound catfish to swim into the trap then the rest of the trap must be large enough for him to swim all the way into the second chamber where it will hold him.

How to Use a Catfish Trap

Using a catfish trap is fairly easy. Your first decision will be to decide what type and size of trap to use. This will partly depend on what size catfish you are trying to catch. The basic choices will be between the wire hoop traps and the long rectangular wooden catfish traps. These are designed with the entrance at an angle. The type of trap you use really depends on what you are most comfortable with.

Before you can decide what type and size of catfish trap to buy or make you need to know the location where you plan on setting the trap. Therefore, you need to choose your location first. Different areas have different types of catfish that range in a large variety of sizes and you need this information to choose the right trap for your needs.

Catfish can be found in just about any type of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes and reservoirs so it is easy to find a location where you can set your traps. Catfish have such a keen sense of smell that they are drawn to most anything with a strong odor. They can easily find food in muddy and stained water making it possible to set your traps just about anywhere.

As with any type of fishing if you are using a catfish trap you have to use bait to draw in the catfish. The catfish are omnivores meaning that these creatures will feed off of plants and other animals. It is for this reason that they are attracted to just about any type of bait you want to use. However, you will find that cutbaits, minnows, chicken livers, shad, frogs, crickets, bullheads and worms are among the most popular used.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best catfish fishing information possible. Get more information on catfish traps here: http://www.askcatfishfishing.com/
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