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All about fishing for channel catfish in VT.

Catfish fishing in Vermont

Catfish adapt to most any kind of water. They can be found in most rivers, lakes, parks and some private ponds. Quality catfish fishing can be found in Lake Champlain.

Catfish in Vermont

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 35 lbs 14.7 oz

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What's the best bait for catfish in Vermont?

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.

Vermont State Record Catfish

The state record channel catfish was caught from Lake St. Catherine.

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 Vermont. 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.

Vermont catfish caught by Chase Stokes

Chase Stokes, age 8 caught this 33-inch catfish that weighed 19 pounds. He caught this giant while fishing with a worm on Lake Champlain.

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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