I love to fish for all species of fish both in fresh & saltwater. While some anglers turn their nose up at catching coarse fish like carp, suckers and catfish, I look forward to every opportunity. I am a firm believer that if you are a passionate angler and you fish multi-species, you will gain a better understanding of fish characteristics and habits in general which will result in you becoming a better angler.
On a recent outing with Jeff Wood we decided to target Lake Ontario walleye and panfish using bottom-bouncing rigs and worm harnesses. Conditions were not the best since we were dealing with a major cold-front, strong winds and changing weather conditions. The walleye ended up no cooperating, but chunky panfish and a surprise channel catfish did. Most anglers targeting channel catfish often look for them early in the year when they move into Great Lakes tributaries in high numbers preparing to spawn. At that time most anglers use dead bait on the bottom. In our case we were slow-trolling harnesses along the bottom in 20′ water at 1-2mph with our electric trolling motor. I am sure the channel cat was attracted to the big blade spinning on the harness and when it got close, it could not resist taking a bite on that juicy worm!