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Old 08-17-2020, 08:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 5 year old son is dead set on catching a catfish and then eating it. I've never been catfishing....ever. I know, my loss. I live in South Utah county. I know about Lincoln Beach but it's a fairly big area and I havent a clue on what area to cast to and drop bait. It might be a "just cast anywhere" kind of thing but any help in a direction would be great.
I've also read Spring Lake might be a decent option too.
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Old 08-17-2020, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Used to catch them from shore on the west side of Utah Lake. Mile marker 19 if it's not all houses already.

Used stink bait, blood bait, nasty shrimp, whatever stinks bad usually works. They're mud suckers so just get it out there and let it lay on the bottom.

In my opinion they taste like mud. I'll usually still eat them though if someone else is breading and frying them.

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Throw a line into Utah Lake with a chunk of shrimp or a night crawler on it and you should at the very least catch some mud cats which are bulkheads. And perhaps a channel cat might give it a look.

The community ponds will usually have channel cats in them if the DWR planted them.

But we would catch a gunny sack full of bullheads to feast on off of the airport dike in Provo

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don't make it any harder than it needs to be. A simple nightcrawler on a hook will catch catfish. Sure, other things already mentioned will too - but you don't have to go to any extra effort. Use what you might already have or have easy access to. If it's easier for you to buy some rotten shrimp, then do that. If it's easier to get a dozen nightcrawlers, do that.

As for locations on Utah Lake -- just get it in the water. Yes, Lincoln Beach is a large area - so find yourself a nice spot that doesn't already have a bunch of people, and get some bait in the water.
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We always catch lots of cats at Utah Lake. We use circle hooks attached to 18 inches of leader, with a slip sinker above a barrel swivel.

Throw a rod out with shrimp or worms. You'll likely catch bullheads, white bass, and Channel Cats. If you catch a white bass, cut it into chunks and throw that on the circle hook for Channel Cats. Morning and evening are generally better in my experience.

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Worms work great, one trick I've always done at Utah lake when fishing without a boat is to walk out as far as you can to cast out. My dad and I would take lawn chairs and walk out about 100 yards, stick them in the mud walk out another 20 yards to cast then go back to our chairs. Not sure if your 5 year old would be up for that but if not just you walk out a ways, cast and bring the pole back to shore. We would always catch fish while those fishing strictly from shore wouldn't. Most places on the shore have a pretty firm bottom, just be careful you can hit a hole without warning. I've gone from knee deep to armpits deep with just one step before.
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Old 08-18-2020, 09:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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... one trick I've always done at Utah lake when fishing without a boat is to walk out as far as you can to cast out.
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this is not bad advice. It is just something I find funny.

When fishing from shore, we always want to get our lines out as far away from shore as possible.

When fishing from a boat, we cast towards the shoreline.

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I grew up in LA and we have restaurants that fried catfish is the main course and nearly the only thing they serve. Chicken liver is what we used most. Also fished at night tight lining more than anything and tore them up.

Funny thing is I had a dream last night actually about catching a huge catfish about 60lbs. Woke up before the good part of filleting it up and eating it.

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Also, regarding their taste. They will only taste like mud if you leave the fat and bloodline along the skin side of the fillet. I trim that off and the meat is super good. Mild, and flaky. I prefer the texture when the water temps are a little cooler, but you should have plenty for some nuggets or fish sandwiches with 1 decent channel cat.

You should try the white bass too. They're delicious.
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