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All about fishing for flathead and channel catfish in Arizona lakes and rivers.

Catfish fishing in Arizona

Catfish Waters In AZ

Most lakes in the state offer catfish opportunities. The major Arizona lakes with a healthy population of catfish include Alamo Lake, Apache Lake, Bartlett Lake, Canyon Lake, Lake Havasu, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Lake Pleasant, Lake Powell, Lees Ferry, Martinez Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Saguaro Lake, San Carlos Lake and Woods Canyon Lake.

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 Arizona. 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.

The AZ state record channel catfish came form Parker Canyon Lake. Bartlett Lake yielded the state record flathead catfish.

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Fishing for catfish in Arizona

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

AZ State Record: 32 lbs 4 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

AZ State Record: 71 lbs 10 oz

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Additional resources for catfishing information.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

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 information for states with catfish.


Learn the lifestyle of catfish

The more you know about the seasonal migration of catfish, the easier it will be to catch catfish in Arizona lakes and rivers. Catfish feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be caught on prepared baits as well as live and dead baitfish.

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