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All about fishing for channel catfish in ND.

Catfish fishing in North Dakota

Major lakes in ND with healthy populations of catfish include Lake Oahe and Lake Sakakawea. The Missouri River and The Red River are catfish favorites, and many other rivers, small lakes and ponds also contain catfish.

Catfish in North Dakota

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 42 lbs 1 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 29 lbs 6 oz

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What's the best bait for catfish in North Dakota?

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.

North Dakota State Record Catfish

The state record channel catfish was caught from Moon Lake.

The state record flathead catfish came from the Heart River.

Catfish fishing from the bank

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 North Dakota. 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.

Additional catfishing information resources.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

 

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