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Minnesota Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for flathead, blue and channel catfish in Minnesota.

Catfish fishing in Minnesota

Catfish Waters In MN

Rivers are notorious for serving up monster catfish and many state record catfish come from rivers all across America. For larger schools of catfish and to fulfill your desires for a fish fry, try some of the larger Minnesota lakes including Cass Lake, Lake Pepin, Lake Traverse, Lake Vermilion, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewaska, Lake Superior, Lac Qui Parle Lake, Leech Lake, Otter Tail Lake and Rainy 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 Minnesota. 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 Minnesota state record blue catfish was caught in the Minnesota River. The state record channel catfish was hauled out of the Mississippi River. The Saint Croix River gave up the state record flathead catfish.

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Fishing for catfish in Minnesota

Fishing for catfish in Minnesota

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MN State Record: 38 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

MN State Record: 70 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

MN State Record: 52 lbs 8 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.

 
Leech Lake Fishing

Learn the lifestyle of catfish

The more you know about the seasonal migration of catfish, the easier it will be to catch catfish in Minnesota 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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