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All about fishing for white and channel catfish in Connecticut.

Catfish fishing in Connecticut

Catfish Waters In CT

You can find plenty of waters in Connecticut with populations of catfish. Most rivers, streams and creeks have catfish as do major lakes like Alexander Lake, Bashan Lake, Beach Pond, Black Pond, Candlewood Lake, Cedar Lake, Colebrook River Lake, Gardner Lake, Green Falls Pond, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar, Lower Bolton Lake, Middle Bolton Lake, Mudge Pond, Pachaug Pond, Quaddick Reservoir, Quinebaug Pond, Rogers Lake, Saugatuck Reservoir, Tyler Lake, Waramaug Lake, Washining Lake, West Thompson Lake and Wononscopomuc Lake.

Fishing for catfish in Connecticut

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 29 lbs 6 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 12 lbs 12 oz

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What's the best bait for catfish in Connecticut?

Choose from the top 5 all-time catfish baits and try them on local waters. Appealing to the keen sense of smell and taste could turn a so-so day into a memorable event.

Connecticut State Record Catfish

The state record channel catfish was caught from Mashapaug Lake.

The state record white catfish came out of the Connecticut River.

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. Catfish are found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers throughout Connecticut. 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 Video

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.

Additional catfishing information resources.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

 

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