Small live perch work great for big catfish. One way is to "jug fish" which is legal in Texas but I don't know about your state. Jug fishing with small live perch for bait works really well on some lakes around here.
I use live crawdads and cutbait. I have found that with cutbait you catch catfish but nothing that big. Live crawdads about 4 in work really well for big cats for me just fish them on the bottom on a slip rig with a good size circle hook I also always remove the claws. Good luck hope this helps.
Reply by: basshog Posted: 6/29/2012 9:43:06 AM Points: 343
I have been experimenting with these others things as mentioned above but still have caught all mine at the creek on just a plain old worm. But then again maybe that will change this year with baits I am experimenting with.
Let us know how it goes I have been having a hard time this year at the creek for kitties....so far.