Here is another method, and that is soap bait! Catfish are very strange eaters. Yes, they will bite on soap bars. They enjoy Ivory, Lava, and Octagon bar soap. Try any brand that you have on hand. You just never know what they will bite until you try. The first thing that you will need to do is bake the soap in the oven until it becomes pliable enough for you to cut it up into 1 inch chunks, without it crumbling. Baking the soap, will also make it easier for you to bait your hooks. Please keep in mind that soap has lye in it and it will eat the points and barbs off of your hook, if left in the water for a long time, but it is well worth the trouble. I must also mention that in the very hot summer months, soap bait will not be the most effective way to bait your hook. It will melt too quickly in the very warm water. I use this method in the spring and in the fall.