Fishing in Missouri
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. They can be found in all types of water including ponds,
streams, lakes and rivers. 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.
Glen Jensen caught this 80-pound flathead catfish on Mark Twain Lake.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In Missouri
Monster catfish continue to come from the major rivers in MO.
Catfish are abundant in major lakes like Bull Shoals Lake, Harry
S. Truman Reservoir, Lake of The Ozarks, Mark Twain Lake, Pomme
de Terre Lake, Smithville Reservoir, Stockton Lake, Table Rock
Lake, Thomas Hill Reservoir and Wappapello Lake as well as many
of the smaller lakes and ponds.
The Missouri state record blue catfish was caught from the Missouri
River and the state record channel catfish came from Lake Jacomo.
Montrose Lake gave up the state record flathead 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 Organizations & Resources
U.S. Catfish Anglers
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