Fishing in Montana
There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch
them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of
pounds. They can be found in all types of water including ponds,
streams, lakes and rivers. There are even species which spend a
limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very
noble fight once hooked.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In Montana
Unlike southern states, catfish are not in the vast majority of
fishing waters here in Montana. You can still catch catfish in
MT, you're simply limited to the number of options. The major lakes
with healthy populations of channel catfish include Bighorn Lake,
lathead Lake, Fort Peck Lake and Nelson Lake. Some of the rivers,
ponds and smaller lakes may also have catfish, but not in great
The Montana state record channel catfish was caught out of Castle
Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another.
They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their
strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food
sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your
search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught
on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate
their ability to catch live bait.
Catfish Organizations & Resources
U.S. Catfish Anglers
Learning to Fish for Catfish In Montana
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