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October 12, 2012
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sadie1234

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I don’t know if it is good as bait, but I took hot dogs and cut them to hook size for fishing.  My grandson told me some guy used them for cat fish, but after cutting he would put them into a plastic bag with onion powder.  The onion powder would dry the dog out to stay on the hook better.  Any comments about this and anyother ideas.  One time someone told me to use shrimp paste ( which I haven’t been able to find) another time I was wondering how anchovies would do??  

October 12, 2012
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I have used hotdogs in the past for catfish.  Worked pretty good just cutting them up and putting them on a treble hook.

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October 12, 2012
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sadie1234 said
I don’t know if it is good as bait, but I took hot dogs and cut them to hook size for fishing.  My grandson told me some guy used them for cat fish, but after cutting he would put them into a plastic bag with onion powder.  The onion powder would dry the dog out to stay on the hook better.  Any comments about this and anyother ideas.  One time someone told me to use shrimp paste ( which I haven’t been able to find) another time I was wondering how anchovies would do??  

Catfish will bight sometimes bight hot dogs, but my favorite catfish bait is live shiners (minnows). If you are serious about baits for catfish, there is quite a bit of information to be found in the fishing forum on the “how do you fish for catfish thread.”

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October 12, 2012
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I once used a chicken drum stick to catch crawdads.  Worked pretty good and I caught some big ones.

December 12, 2012
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I hear if you know their number you can just give’em a ring. I don’t know that number. I typically use grass hoppers or night crawlers. While I help my son with his casting and baiting etc. he’ll be seven this winter.

April 18, 2013
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I watched a guy use hotdogs but he sprayed them with WD-40 and was reeling them in one after another until the fish & game took his equipment, gave him a ticket, and threatened to haul him in if he didn’t shut up. It’s illegal to use WD-40 so be careful.

April 19, 2013
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Catfish will eat just about anything.  I’ve caught catfish on stale McDonald’s fries I found between the seats in my car.

April 19, 2013
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nelson28 said
Catfish will eat just about anything.  I’ve caught catfish on stale McDonald’s fries I found between the seats in my car.

That’s funny right there!

April 22, 2013
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iI eat hotdogs while I fish for catfish.

April 24, 2013
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Growing up we used hot dogs for catfish bait, but grass hoppers were the best. The farm raised catfish or hatchery raised do not seem to like hot dogs. 

April 24, 2013
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seems like it works, I’ve caught trout on white marshmellows.

April 29, 2013
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Using hot dogs for bait now that is funny. But is is meat and they do smell. Might just have to give that a try.

June 18, 2013
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Ive used hotdogs many times with no luck. Ive seen many other anglers catch lots of catfish on hotdogs however. I prefer to use my homemade dough bait and it does just fine.

June 18, 2013
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sadie1234 said
I don’t know if it is good as bait, but I took hot dogs and cut them to hook size for fishing.  My grandson told me some guy used them for cat fish, but after cutting he would put them into a plastic bag with onion powder.  The onion powder would dry the dog out to stay on the hook better.  Any comments about this and anyother ideas.  One time someone told me to use shrimp paste ( which I haven’t been able to find) another time I was wondering how anchovies would do??  

The thread, how do you fish for catfish, has a lot of information about baits and how to fish for catfish. Sorry, I forgot that I had already made a post about “how do you fish for catfish.”

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June 19, 2013
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I have used chicken livers (you have to use cut up pantyhose to keep them on the hook) for catfish.  They seem to like anything smelly.

June 19, 2013
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I don’t think catfish are particularly picky, the largest one I’ve ever caught was on a plain worm.

June 20, 2013
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Rotting Anchovies have been my greatest success

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June 20, 2013
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southernidahohunter said
I don’t think catfish are particularly picky, the largest one I’ve ever caught was on a plain worm.

Worms are one of the most productive baits you can use for catfish. the fish you catch are usually smaller than the ones you catch using larger baits, but, like you said you can sometimes catch a big one when using worms. Since it is a natural food source for fish you can catch variety of fish on the same fishing trip.

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July 5, 2013
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bluewater said

southernidahohunter said
I don’t think catfish are particularly picky, the largest one I’ve ever caught was on a plain worm.

Worms are one of the most productive baits you can use for catfish. the fish you catch are usually smaller than the ones you catch using larger baits, but, like you said you can sometimes catch a big one when using worms. Since it is a natural food source for fish you can catch variety of fish on the same fishing trip.

Gotta love those worms

September 12, 2013
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I’ve tried worms, stink bait, chicken livers, all seem to work well if they fish are biting.

September 18, 2013
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We caught channel cats at Glendo in WY on cooked Jimmy Dean sausage left over from breakfast. More bit the sausage than bit the cut shad we had out too. Funny stuff! CL

September 27, 2013
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You have to add bright lights and loud music. Cat fish are party animals. Not joking about the lights. I use them on my boat while anchored and eating sammages waiting for Mr. Cat to take the bait.

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October 16, 2013
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Never used hot dogs. I’ve used chicken livers and marshmallows in the past.

April 30, 2014
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Even with a treble hook I have trouble keeping the hotdog on the hook when I cast.

June 30, 2014
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Hot dogs are good for most any type fish if they’re hungry. I saw a six year old catch a nice 3# large mouth last week on a hot dog in an urban pond. One of my favorite sights to see a little kid bring in a fish and jump around celebrating. Anchovies are the bait of choice fishing for stripers at Lake Pleasant here near Phoenix. Float them out there on top or fish them off the bottom. Great choice for stripers, not sure about catfish. Catfish do like bluegill. Catch one an cut it up or bait the whole bluegill live and go for the big ones. A guy named Flat Head Ed caught the AZ state record catfish last year – over 70# – I think he used a bluegill.

July 10, 2014
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Was reading the fishing report today and came across the following reports:

Joshua Garcia of Grants caught a 34-inch, 28-pound catfish. He was night fishing and using hot dogs.

June 27, Tonysha Otero, age 7, of Socorro caught a 32-inch, 8-pound catfish. She was using a hot dog on a size 4 hook.

Fishing at the Central and Youth ponds was very good using hot dogs

I guess that should answer the question.  I never knew fishing with hot dogs was such a popular thing to do.

July 10, 2014
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wyflyguy said
Was reading the fishing report today and came across the following reports:

Joshua Garcia of Grants caught a 34-inch, 28-pound catfish. He was night fishing and using hot dogs.

June 27, Tonysha Otero, age 7, of Socorro caught a 32-inch, 8-pound catfish. She was using a hot dog on a size 4 hook.

Fishing at the Central and Youth ponds was very good using hot dogs

I guess that should answer the question.  I never knew fishing with hot dogs was such a popular thing to do.

Hot dogs are fair bait for catfish in some areas. I don’t use hot dogs because the area where I fish has too many turtles. Usually the turtles get to the hot dogs before the catfish.

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July 10, 2014
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memoffat said
You have to add bright lights and loud music. Cat fish are party animals. Not joking about the lights. I use them on my boat while anchored and eating sammages waiting for Mr. Cat to take the bait.

The lights attract flying insets, the heat of the lights kill the insets, they fall in the water and attract minnows, the minnows attract catfish and crappy. Coleman lanterns, hanging over the water, are excellent for many species of fish, even saltwater fish.

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July 11, 2014
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Had to jump in again. I went to an urban fishing pond here in Phoenix I hadn’t been to before. I heard it was a good spot for catfish and bass. Thinking of this post had to go armed with some Bar S dogs and in browsing the deli case saw some little smokeys with cheese. I confess I ate a few on the drive over to the pond. Started with Hot Dogs. They were hard to keep on the hook so I cut the skin off in about 2″ pieces leaving a little meat on the inside, then like a ribbon going back and forth threaded it on to a nice long 1/0 hook, like one you’d use for a texas rig. Kept it on there pretty good tossing it out there with a little force, but if I jerked it for a hook set or chucked it too hard, I lost the dog. Anyway, caught a nice 4# channel cat in about 30 minutes time. So then I tried the little smokey. A half of one was perfect size for that hook and the skin kept it on the hook nicely if you began through the bit end (I had to eat half of each one to make it fit – hehe) thread it through the bit end then out the side and turn the hook so you seat the round end on the point of the hook. Very durable and makes for a great hook set. Caught 4 3-4# cats. No bass. It was alot of fun. Think I might try and soak some hot dog skins in some chicken liver blood then dry them in my dehydrator to see if they are more durable and a little more stinky. I’ll be going back and stocking up with the little smokies, but I think I’ll try a few other baits too.

July 12, 2014
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yotebooter said
Had to jump in again. I went to an urban fishing pond here in Phoenix I hadn’t been to before. I heard it was a good spot for catfish and bass. Thinking of this post had to go armed with some Bar S dogs and in browsing the deli case saw some little smokeys with cheese. I confess I ate a few on the drive over to the pond. Started with Hot Dogs. They were hard to keep on the hook so I cut the skin off in about 2″ pieces leaving a little meat on the inside, then like a ribbon going back and forth threaded it on to a nice long 1/0 hook, like one you’d use for a texas rig. Kept it on there pretty good tossing it out there with a little force, but if I jerked it for a hook set or chucked it too hard, I lost the dog. Anyway, caught a nice 4# channel cat in about 30 minutes time. So then I tried the little smokey. A half of one was perfect size for that hook and the skin kept it on the hook nicely if you began through the bit end (I had to eat half of each one to make it fit – hehe) thread it through the bit end then out the side and turn the hook so you seat the round end on the point of the hook. Very durable and makes for a great hook set. Caught 4 3-4# cats. No bass. It was alot of fun. Think I might try and soak some hot dog skins in some chicken liver blood then dry them in my dehydrator to see if they are more durable and a little more stinky. I’ll be going back and stocking up with the little smokies, but I think I’ll try a few other baits too.

I’ve found that when fishing with a rod and reel for catfish that size, the #2 Eagle Claw 066-2 2x long hook works very well. If you get a chance you might want to try them. 

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August 9, 2014
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Boy the fishing has really turned off in this desert heat. Did some more cat-fishing last night. Didn’t get skunked, but only caught one. Hot dogs were still a good choice of bait, but mostly for the turtles. Live was the most attractive bait to good hits. Shrimp soaked in the liver blood was good too.

August 9, 2014
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yotebooter said
Boy the fishing has really turned off in this desert heat. Did some more cat-fishing last night. Didn’t get skunked, but only caught one. Hot dogs were still a good choice of bait, but mostly for the turtles. Live was the most attractive bait to good hits. Shrimp soaked in the liver blood was good too.

Turtles are a problem where I fish too, so I never use hot dogs for bait. Worms are good, but everything in the water will be nibbling on them. I prefer live bait like minnows or bream. 

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September 11, 2014
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I’ve had the kids use hot dogs for fun, and they caught a couple small bullheads with it! I think that was a great introduction to fishing!

December 12, 2018
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If you use hot dog you can catch everything up to carp and I caught a northern once on it.




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