Fishing in North Carolina
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.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In North Carolina
North Carolina presents ideal conditions for catfish and most
waters in the state have one or more species of catfish. The major
lakes with healthy populations of catfish include Apalachia Lake,
B Everett Jordan Lake, Badin Lake, Belews Lake, Blewett Falls Lake,
Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee
Lake, Hyco Reservoir, Kerr Lake, Kings Mountain Reservoir, Lake
Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Mattamuskeet,
Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Tillery, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wylie,
Mayo Reservoir, Mountain Island Lake, Phelps Lake, Roanoke Rapids
Lake, Santeetlah Lake, Shearon Harris Reservoir and W Kerr Scott
Reservoir. Most ponds, creeks, rivers and smaller lakes also have
North Carolina state record blue catfish was taken from Lake Norman,
the state record channel catfish came from Fontana Reservoir, the
Cape Fear River gave up the state record flathead catfish and Lake
James yielded the state record for white 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
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