Learn About Fishing For Catfish In Oregon
All about fishing for flathead, white and channel catfish in OR.
Most of the rivers in Oregon contain one or more species of catfish. The Tualatin River, Snake River and Columbia Rivers chief amongst them. Many ponds and small lakes also have a population of catfish. The major lakes with notable populations of catfish include Brownlee Reservoir, Crump Lake, Drews Reservoir, Fern Ridge Reservoir, Hart Lake, Lake Owyhee, Prineville Reservoir, Siltcoos Lake, Tenmile Lakes and Warm Springs Reservoir.
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 36 lbs 8 oz
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 42 lbs 0 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 15 lbs 0 oz
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What's the best bait for catfish in Oregon?
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.
Oregon State Record Catfish
The state record channel catfish was caught from McKay Reservoir.
The state record flathead catfish came from the Snake River.
The state record white catfish came out of the Tualatin 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 Oregon. 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.