Catalpa tree caterpillars

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by kyhunter99, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 12 pointer

    Dec 21, 2014
    Probably in the kitchen Ky
    Fished with these caterpillars once over 20 years ago and burned up the bass on them.
    Friend of mine told me they would have come from the catalpa tree, investigating it more the caterpillars are from those big sphinx moths! (Which i love)
    Anyone else fish with these and do you all have catalpa trees in your area or are they rare?
  2. Munson

    Munson 10 pointer

    Dec 24, 2011
    Natural Bridge
    Oh yeah ive climbed many a tree for em. You can catch every channel cat in the pond with a wad of 'talcky worms!
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  3. bigbonner

    bigbonner 10 pointer

    Aug 5, 2015
    I have two in my yard and last year was the first year that the worms did not eat ALL the leaves off the trees. I think all the rain we had washed the eggs off the leaves.
    In the past the worms ate every leaf on both trees . They stripped them clean.
  4. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

    Oct 27, 2017
    Estill County
    My grandparents had 3 or 4 by their house and when I was a kid people would come and fill 5 gallon buckets with the worms. Great live bait.
  5. High Rack

    High Rack 12 pointer

    Dec 21, 2009
    in the hills
    Got some on my place, some years I get 2-3 hatches.
  6. Bubbles

    Bubbles Banned

    Oct 25, 2016
    Where can you buy a catalpa tree?
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  7. kyoutdoorsman

    kyoutdoorsman 12 pointer

    Jan 19, 2016
    Yes there is a place in Richmond called camp catalpa and yes the trees gets loaded with them and a few around the lake. If you are ever near by. Shake a limb and grab a few. I have seen limb shakers in the tops of the trees shaking them out
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  8. kyoutdoorsman

    kyoutdoorsman 12 pointer

    Jan 19, 2016
    You can buy catalpa trees on line. They produce catipillars. And you find them on the river banks.
  9. Duster

    Duster 12 pointer

    They seem to be everyplace around here but finding one with worms is not easy. I owned one place that produced quite a few worms in the years we owned it. Sold it about 3 years ago and never went back.
  10. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

    Jun 28, 2012
    We called em ‘talcky worms too growing up but I haven’t looked for any or fished with them in years. I can still remember my mom deadlining with her trusty Zebco 33. She’d catch a little bit of everything.
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  11. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 12 pointer

    Dec 21, 2014
    Probably in the kitchen Ky
    I miss my zebco 33. No idea what happened to it.
  12. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 12 pointer

    Dec 21, 2014
    Probably in the kitchen Ky
    Im looking around for the trees now and starting to see alot of small ones but need to locate a big one..
  13. KYBOY

    KYBOY 12 pointer

    Apr 21, 2005
    Around here folks call them “Tauby” worms mostly.
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  14. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    Same here. We have several around our pond.
  15. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

    Jan 13, 2012
    Shelby county
    You can freeze them. And just as good as they came off the tree. Been doing it for years.
    2 5 gallon bucket of water. One clear water. One with Dawn dish washing the best. Fill bucket about half. Dumb a few worms in and take hand and swirl them around about 2 or 3 minutes. Get those out put them in clear water to rinse them off. Lay on a towel to dry. Keep doing this till you get all the worms cleaned. Once dried off put into freezer bags put in deep freeze. MAKE SURE THEY ARE DRY. I have kept them 2 or 3 years and still good.

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