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Guide to fishing for channel catfish in VT.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Vermont offers excellent opportunities for catfish fishing, particularly channel catfish. Channel catfish can be found in many of the state's lakes, rivers, and ponds, providing anglers with a thrilling and rewarding fishing experience. These catfish are known for their strength and size, making them a popular target among both seasoned anglers and beginners.

The warm months of late spring, summer, and early fall are the best times to target channel catfish in Vermont. As the water temperatures rise, these catfish become more active and are more likely to bite. Anglers can find success using a variety of baits, including live and cut bait, stink baits, and even prepared commercial baits.

Many anglers prefer to fish for channel catfish at night, as these fish are more active during low-light conditions. Fishing from the shore or from a boat near areas with ample cover, such as fallen trees, submerged rocks, or underwater structures, can increase the chances of catching a channel catfish.

Lake Champlain, the Connecticut River, and various smaller lakes and ponds across the state are well-known hotspots for channel catfish fishing. Vermont's serene and picturesque fishing locations make it a favorite destination for anglers seeking a memorable catfishing adventure in the New England region.

Catfish Fishing Lakes in Vermont

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.

Fishing Boats For Rent In Vermont

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.

Catfish Fishing Video

Additional catfishing information resources.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish


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