Live bait cut in half is what CatDaddy is using right now to get the water boiling. Taking perch or bullhead, he slices open the belly exposing the guts and in the water it creates a wounded fish presentation that is irresistible to catfish. Outside of fresh cut bait, CatDaddy says anglers can and should try a variety of different baits like nightcrawlers, shad guts, minnows, dip bait, stink bait and/or anything else they have in their bag of tricks.
Finally, there are a lot of ways to catch catfish, but CatDaddy touches on one method he hasn't talked about before - jug lines. While he doesn't use them that frequently, CatDaddy says they are an effective and fun way to catch fish. Jug lines are rigged with live or dead bait hanging on the line and then tossed out on the river and the current does the work taking them down the river. Anglers follow their jug line(s) and wait for them to dip under the water signaling a bite. Sometimes they'll go down for 2-3 minutes and then they'll pop back up and it's a hoot to chase them down, CatDaddy says, especially when you have a big fish on the line.