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Has anyone ever used goldfish as catfish bait? If so, how do they work?

Question by fisher girl. Uploaded on October 30, 2009

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Unfortunately we cant use them as bait in NH. Chicken livers work real good roll them in salt to get them congealed first then throw 2-3 on the hook. Good cheap bait!

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from AndyH wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

They work very well for flat heads. Chicken liver are goog for channel cat. They sell gold fish at our local bait shops, cheaper than a pet store. LOL

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from beaverlog wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

They work about as well as native softfin forage,but I have seen their use or release ruin a fishery.I use all types of native fish or purchase baitfish(never goldfish),but prefer bluegill.I believe catfish are more agressive because of the dorsal spines.For whatever reason they are my go-to bait because I out- fish my friends that use other baits.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I've used them before but like beaverlog I like "bream" the best !
Good Luck and Good Fishing !

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

It's illegal to use / introduce non native fish in my state so the answer is no./

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

As 86Ram and other have touched upon, avoid using non-native baits. Most of the biggest invasive problems faced in fisheries management are caused by the fishermen themselves using non-native baits.

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from cody r wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

they are good bait you have to cut ohh the head and tail and get all of the scales off

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from buckeyeben wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

yea we use alot at paylakes here in ohio

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Unfortunately we cant use them as bait in NH. Chicken livers work real good roll them in salt to get them congealed first then throw 2-3 on the hook. Good cheap bait!

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from AndyH wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

They work very well for flat heads. Chicken liver are goog for channel cat. They sell gold fish at our local bait shops, cheaper than a pet store. LOL

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from beaverlog wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

They work about as well as native softfin forage,but I have seen their use or release ruin a fishery.I use all types of native fish or purchase baitfish(never goldfish),but prefer bluegill.I believe catfish are more agressive because of the dorsal spines.For whatever reason they are my go-to bait because I out- fish my friends that use other baits.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I've used them before but like beaverlog I like "bream" the best !
Good Luck and Good Fishing !

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

It's illegal to use / introduce non native fish in my state so the answer is no./

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

As 86Ram and other have touched upon, avoid using non-native baits. Most of the biggest invasive problems faced in fisheries management are caused by the fishermen themselves using non-native baits.

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from cody r wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

they are good bait you have to cut ohh the head and tail and get all of the scales off

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from buckeyeben wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

yea we use alot at paylakes here in ohio

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