When should you start noodling?


Noodling is best done during the spawning season in spring and summer, when catfish are more likely to stay in their hole and protect their eggs (this is the male catfish’s job). The best time of the year to go noodling is when the water reaches about 70 degrees.

What months are best for catching catfish?

Late March, April, and early May are some of the best blue catfish fishing of the year for numbers of fish and also offers excellent opportunities for trophy class catfish as well. Channel catfish action is typically excellent and very consistent also.

How do I start noodling?

Simply put, noodling involves finding a Catfish hiding underwater, sticking your arm in its mouth, and dragging it out of the water with your bare hands. You use your own fingers as bait and the Catfish’s bite as the hook.

How hard is noodling?

Noodling is a tough sport that takes some experience to learn to do well, but with practice and preparation almost anyone can dive beneath the water and pull out a giant catfish, so long as they know what they’re getting themselves into.

What is the point of noodling?

Noodling is for catfish. In order to catch the catfish you wade into the water to root around to find holes where a catfish is likely to be nesting. Once you’ve found a hole, or potential nest, you put your arm into the hole and wait for your prize catfish to bite you.

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How do I start noodling?

Simply put, noodling involves finding a Catfish hiding underwater, sticking your arm in its mouth, and dragging it out of the water with your bare hands. You use your own fingers as bait and the Catfish’s bite as the hook.

How hard is noodling?

Noodling is a tough sport that takes some experience to learn to do well, but with practice and preparation almost anyone can dive beneath the water and pull out a giant catfish, so long as they know what they’re getting themselves into.

What attracts catfish the most?

Catfish are bottom feeders and are attracted to food by both sight and smell. They like bright colors such as orange or red. One of the best lures are Cheetos puffs. The bright orange color attracts their attention and the cheesy corn smell encourages them to bite.

Do hot dogs work for catfish?

Hot dogs are a common food taken along on fishing excursions and double as excellent catfish bait. Points to remember when using hot dogs as catfish bait include: Cheaper hot dogs seem to catch more fish.

What’s the biggest catfish ever caught noodling?

Jayson Spencer and Brandon Lamoni were noodling at Lake Konawa when they pulled a flathead catfish weighing 87.85 pounds from the water, according to Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation officials. The catfish was 53.75 inches in length and 38.25 inches in girth.

Do you wear gloves when noodling?

Some noodlers wear gloves to protect themselves. But others eschew gloves because they can be a completely different kind of dangerous. Gloves may snag on a catfish’s tooth or a stray branch and trap a noodler underwater. Most noodlers don’t wear sleeved shirts for the same reason.

Why is catfish noodling illegal?

Due to concerns over the safety of noodlers and sustainability of fish populations, the technique is illegal in some states where it was once traditionally practiced.

Who invented noodling for catfish?

No rods, reels, hooks or lines are used. Noodling was used by Native Americans and perhaps other earlier people. One of the earliest accounts of noodling was written in 1775 by trader-historian James Adair, who described Indians grabbing for catfish.

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Why is noodling called noodling?

It’s called noodling because the fisherman wiggles his fingers like wet spaghetti to entice the fish to bite. When it does, the noodler sticks his arm down its throat and grabs it by the gills.

Is noodling illegal in Ohio?

That is NOT legal, kept or not kept. Two reasons its not legal to hand fish/noodle. 1. It is very unsafe, lots of ways to drown.

What does catfish taste like?

Catfish has a slightly sweet, mild flavor with a dense, moist texture, less flaky than other white fish once cooked. Wild-caught catfish has a dirty muddy taste from their stomach. The fish absorbs the seasonings and is usually coated with cornmeal, allowing you to enjoy the combined flavors.

Do catfish bite in cold weather?

Catfish do bite in cold weather and eat the same baits they did during the warmer months. While they are somewhat lethargic in cold water and often seek refuge in deep water when temperatures drop, catfish still need to feed.

Is catfishing good in the winter?

Catching catfish in cold weather can be slow but very rewarding to those willing to brave the cold. Because you don’t have to make frequent casts, your winter catfish bait smelling hands can remain warm in your coat pocket until that reel starts to sing.

How do I start noodling?

Simply put, noodling involves finding a Catfish hiding underwater, sticking your arm in its mouth, and dragging it out of the water with your bare hands. You use your own fingers as bait and the Catfish’s bite as the hook.

How hard is noodling?

Noodling is a tough sport that takes some experience to learn to do well, but with practice and preparation almost anyone can dive beneath the water and pull out a giant catfish, so long as they know what they’re getting themselves into.

What bait is irresistible to catfish?

Arguably, no bait is more closely associated with catfishing than a chicken liver. The reason is simple: livers produce catfish and lots of them. With their strong, meaty smell, chicken livers draw cats from broad areas. Once the cats find the bait, they have trouble resisting them.

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What color fishing line is best for catfish?

Bright colors such as neon green, yellow or orange help keep the lines in order and enable you to see what is going on. Most catfish live in dark or muddy water, and with their aggression, they just don’t care about line color. So do yourself a favor and spool up bright line.

Does WD 40 catch catfish?

“I’ve caught all different species of catfish with it, but mostly blues and channel cats,” says Porter. “I usually have other baits out, too, like cut shad, but most times the WD-40 chicken outdoes the others.”

Why do catfish like Kool-Aid?

The Kool-Aid will soak into the chunks and some of the liquid will come out of the meat to form a marinade that helps the flavor soak into the meat. This makes the flavor and sweet smell permeate the chunk and means the bait will keep its flavor and smell for a long time in the water.

Does garlic powder attract catfish?

Garlic itself probably won’t work as a catfish bait but adding garlic salt or powder to fleshy, soft baits like livers, raw meat, and hot dogs can really enhance your bait and catch you a lot better fish.

What happens if you get stung by a catfish?

Although these stings are often innocuous, significant morbidity may result from stings, including severe pain, retained foreign bodies, infection, respiratory compromise, arterial hypotension, and cardiac dysrhythmias.

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