Rhode Island Catfish Fishing
All about fishing for white catfish in RI.
several lakes, including Beach Pond, Tiogue Lake and Woonasquatucket Reservoir are bodies of water with significant populations of catfish. Some rivers and ponds also offer catfish fishing opportunities.
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What's the best bait for catfish in Rhode Island?
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.
Rhode Island State Record Catfish
The state record white catfish came out of Tiogue Lake.
There are several 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 Rhode Island. 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.