The popularity of fishing catfish with anglers rivals the top with largemouth bass and panfish. Catfish are a fresh water bottom fish with a acute sense of smell, found in rivers, ponds, lakes and reservoirs though out the United States. They range in size from a few pounds to mammoth over 100 pounds. Catfish fillets make excellent table fare fresh caught or farm raised.
The most common catfish species are Channel and Flatheads, Blue catfish populations have declined over the years but are still found in parts of central and southern States. The White Catfish are mainly confined to the East and West coasts. Bullheads ( Black, Brown and Yellow) inhabit most of the United States.
Following are the world records for Catfish and Bullheads: Channel Catfish – 58 pounds Santee-Cooper Reservoir South Carolina 1964, Flathead Catfish – 123 pounds 9 ounces Elk City Reservoir Kansas 1998, Blue Catfish – 124 pounds Mississippi River Illinois 2005, White Catfish – 21 pounds 8 ounces.
Bullheads: Black Bullhead 8 pounds 15 ounces Sturgis Pond Michigan 1987, Brown Bullhead 6 pounds 1 ounce Sugarloaf Pond New York 1998, Yellow Bullhead 6 pounds 6 ounces Old Drexel Lake Missouri 2006.
Here are some catfish fishing tips and articles in helping you catch more fishing catfish:
Fishing Channel Catfish By Andrew Klassen
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Spend a little time fishing for catfish, and it’s not hard to see how they are one of North America’s most popular game fish. They are found in a variety of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs from Canada to the southern United States, and can reach very impressive sizes.
Whether you’re looking for a hard fight, or something to take home for dinner, catfish can provide you with exactly what you’re looking for.