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I just set 2 crayfish traps out overnight both on a rock pile in about 4-6 feet of water, both baited with 1 fish head. When I c

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  • I just set 2 crayfish traps out overnight both on a rock pile in about 4-6 feet of water, both baited with 1 fish head. When I c

    I just set 2 crayfish traps out overnight both on a rock pile in about 4-6 feet of water, both baited with 1 fish head. When I collected them the first 1 held nothing. The second one held a 10 inch bullhead that weighed about a pound! I looked online and trapping bullheads and catfish is done. Do any of you do this and if you do can you give me some advice. I want to start targeting some bullheads in traps.

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    if trout lines are "trapping" and legal in your state, they are excellent ways to increase your catfish yield.

    run a line across a pond or river with hooks set every 3-4 ft. Use about a 2 ft leader on each hook. Bait with cutbait or chicken liver (best)

    that simple

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    • #3
      Check your state regs. In many, the use of traps or nets requires a commercial fishing license. This is typically very easy to obtain and may only cost a few dollars. I trapped catfish with a commercial license. I used congealed cow blood for bait (it has the consistency of liver and lasts about 24 hours in the current) and put traps in deep holes on the Missouri River. I made my own cylindrical traps out of 1 x 1.5 inch galvanized wire with a cone shaped mouth on one end. The entrance hole was limited to less than 3 inches in diameter so big catfish could not get in. The bait tube was about 2 12 inch diameter tube 18 inches long made of quarter inch galvanized mesh. The throat is aimed downstream so they can easily slide into the trap as they follow the scent up current. I got 300-500 fish a day with 18 traps during the summer.

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      • #4
        Sorry "2 1/2" inch bait tube.

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        • #5
          Wow thanks guy!!!

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          • #6
            Dog food cans with holes poked in them is good bait for fish traps.

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