Learn About Fishing For Catfish In Georgia
All about fishing for flathead, blue, white and channel catfish in GA.
They're everywhere...they're everywhere. Virtually all waters in GA have catfish. Private ponds, creeks, rivers, small lakes and every major lake in the state has a population of catfish. For quality stringers the major lakes like Carters Lake, Chatuge Lake, Clarks Hill Lake, George W. Andrews Lake, Goat Rock Lake, Lake Allatoona, Lake Burton, Lake Blackshear, Lake Chehaw, Lake Eufaula, Lake Harding, Lake Hartwell, Lake Jackson, Lake Lanier, Lake Nottely, Lake Oconee, Lake Oliver, Lake Seminole, Lake Sinclair, Lake Tobesofkee, Richard B Russell Lake and West Point Lake are a good bet.
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 44 lbs 12 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 83 lbs 0 oz
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 93 lbs 0 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 8 lbs 10 oz
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What's the best bait for catfish in Georgia?
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.
Georgia State Record Catfish
The state record channel catfish was caught from the Altamaha River.
The state record flathead catfish came from the Altamaha River.
The state record blue catfish came out of the Altamaha River.
The state record white catfish came out of the Savannah River.
Jody Day, proudly shows off this 25-pound catfish he caught from Jackson Lake in Georgia. He used bait fish to entice this danay lunker.
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 Georgia. 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.
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.
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Information for states with catfish.