How to Catch Catfish With Wooden Traps

How to Catch Catfish With Wooden TrapsThere are several ways to catch catfish. Most use a rod and reel, but some people fish by hand (also called "noodling"). A way to catch multiple fish at once is to use a wooden trap. They are made with an entrance that gets smaller as the fish swims further in to it. Once inside, the catfish can't swim back out. It is best to check fishing regulations in your area to ensure that using such a device is legal.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rope
  • Wooden trap
  • Buoy
  • Bait
Step 1
Attach one end of a rope to the trap and the other to a buoy. This will show you where the trap is located when you go back to check it and allow you to haul it up easily.
Step 2
Place bait in the trap that will attract catfish. Typically this can be any bait you would use to fish for catfish, such as stinkbaits. You could also use cheese, chicken livers even dog food. Anything that will put a strong flavor in the water.
Step 3
Lower the trap into the water. Deep is better. Catfish tend to be at the bottom of lakes and ponds.
Step 4
Check the trap twice a day to ensure that the catfish don't die in the cage. Replace bait if needed.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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