Learn About Fishing For Catfish In Florida
All about fishing for flathead, blue, white and channel catfish in FL.
Some of the other major lakes with quality populations of catfish include Blue Cypress Lake, Crescent Lake, Crooked Lake, Deer Point Lake, East Lake Tohopekaliga, Jim Woodruff Reservoir, Lake Apopka, Lake Conlin, Lake Eustis, Lake George, Lake Griffin, Lake Harris, Lake Harney, Lake Hatchineha, Lake Istokpoga, Lake Jackson, Lake Jessup, Lake Kissimmee, Lake Marian, Lake Miccosukee, Lake Newnan, Lake Okeechobee, Lake Seminole, Lake Talquin, Lake Tohopekaliga, Lake Weohyakapka, Newnans Lake, Rodman Reservoir, St. John's River and Tsala Apopka Lake.
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 45.5 lbs
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 69.9 lbs
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 69.5 lbs
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 18.88 lbs
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What's the best bait for catfish in Florida?
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.
Florida State Record Catfish
The state record channel catfish was caught from Lake Bluff.
The state record flathead catfish came from the Yellow River.
The state record blue catfish came out of the Choctawhatchee River.
The state record white catfish came out of the Withlacoochee 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 Florida. 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.
Additional catfishing information resources.
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.
Information for states with catfish.