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All about fishing for channel catfish in DE.

Catfish fishing in Delaware

Most rivers in Delaware have catfish at one level or another. The major lakes with a significant population of catfish are Garrisons Lake and Silver Lake.

Catfish in Delaware

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 47 lbs 12 oz

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What's the best bait for catfish in Delaware?

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.

Delaware State Record Catfish

The state record catfish (all species) was caught from Nanticoke 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 Delaware. 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 from the bank

Catfish fishing can be a very relaxing sport. Catfish baits are designed to draw the fish toward the bait, so still fishing works quite well. Catfish have a very strong sense of smell and may come great distances to locate the bait they detect in the water.

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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