Reply by: badcoyotee Posted: 7/4/2012 8:08:39 AM Points: 31
Hit a bait shop, and good luck finding one nearby, that sells live leeches. Gander Mountain sells em, FYI.
Weight your line about 18" to 24" from your #6 hook and sling out your best cast. Let the motion of the lake and the leeche's natural movement do the work for you.
Your first rod is in the holder and you are bottom fishing. Check it every 10 minutes and re-bait if necessary.
In the mean time, assuming you have a second rod stamp, cast your favorite lures and draw attention. Depending upon the mood the eyes are in, whether easy prey like your leech just hanging out, or a moving meal like your lure, you will get em.
Reply by: Midwest Posted: 7/6/2012 9:14:06 AM Points: 0
my favorite catfish bait for shore fishing is chicken livers. Buy the ones that are half frozen from the grocery store and keep them cool in a cooler. They are a lot slimy so bring some baby wipes to clean up your hands. Hook the livers through the tougher white connective tissue to help them stay on the hook. Cast in a slow arcing motion to help prevent it from flying off. You will have to rebait often because they are delicate but a less than a dollar a pound you can afford to lose a couple. I like to rig a slip rig with a quarter ounce egg sinker held off of the hook 12"-18" with a split shot weight. Good luck.
Were you wearing your favorite fishing shirt and carrying your lucky pocket knife? If not try again tonite. Tie on a shinny spoon small enough to flutter (about the size of your thumb nail) in the current on your leech rod. Walleye have super duper eye-sight.
The weeds are thick at Chatty so you need to get your line out there at least 30 feet.