Learn About Fishing For Catfish In Washington
All about fishing for flathead, blue, white and channel catfish in WA.
The Columbia and Snake Rivers are notorious for big catfish. Most rivers in WA are likely to contain at least a few catfish. They will also be found in some ponds, parks, small lakes and of course some of the major lakes in Washington. These major lakes include Alder Lake, Banks Lake, Lake Bryan, Lake Umatilla, Lake Wallula, Moses Lake, and Vancouver Lake.
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 37.7 lbs
World record: 123 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 22.8 lbs
World record: 143 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 17.75 lbs
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 19.85 lbs
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What's the best bait for catfish in Washington State?
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.
The state record channel catfish was caught from Lake Terrell.
The Snake River produced the record flathead catfish.
The WA state record blue catfish was taken out of the Columbia River.
The Walla Walla River was home to the state record white catfish.
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 Washington. 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.
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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.