Fishing in Washington
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.
Kilburn caught this 15-pound channel catfish while trolling at Hart's Lake in WA.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In Washington
The Columbia and Snake Rivers are notorious for big catfish. Most
rivers in WA are likely to contain at least a few catfish. They
will also be found in some ponds, parks, small lakes and of course
some of the major lakes in Washington. These major lakes include
Alder Lake, Banks Lake, Franklin D Roosevelt Lake, Lake Bryan,
Lake Chelan, Lake Sammamish, Lake Umatilla (John Day), Lake Wallula
(McNary), Lake Whatcom, Mayfield Lake, Palmer Lake, Riffe Lake,
pirit Lake, Vancouver Lake and Wanapum Lake.
The Washington state record blue catfish was taken out of the
Columbia River and the state record channel catfish was caught
from the I-82 Pond No. 6 . The Snake River produced the WA
record flathead catfish.
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
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