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Ohio Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for flathead and channel catfish in Ohio.

Catfish fishing in Ohio

Catfish Waters In OH

Major lakes in Ohio, including Alum Creek Lake, Atwood Lake, Berlin Lake, Buckeye Lake, Caesar Creek Lake, Charles Mill Lake, Clendening Reservoir, East Fork Lake, Grand Lake St Marys, Hoover Reservoir, Indian Lake, Lake Erie, Lake Milton, Meander Creek Reservoir, Mosquito Lake, Piedmont Reservoir, Pymatuning Lake, Rocky Fork Lake, Salt Fork Lake, Seneca Lake, Tappan Reservoir and West Branch Lake are excellent places to find healthy populations of catfish.

Fishing for catfish in Ohio

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

OH State Record: 37 lbs 10 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

OH State Record: 76 lbs 8 oz

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Ohio flathead catfish

Deanna Howes, 21 years old caught 64.69 lb, 49" flathead catfish at Seneca Lake in OH using bluegill for bait.

Catfish can also be found in rivers, ponds and smaller lakes. LaDue Reservoir produced the Ohio state record channel catfish and the OH state record flathead catfish was taken out of Clendening 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 Ohio. 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.

Camp out and catch some catfish!

Camping and campgrounds nearby fishing

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 Ohio 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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